Bacon runs for full term

- For the last three months, he has filled in as Precinct 3 County Commissioner. Now, the Interim Incumbent Rick Bacon is running for a full term. Bacon told how he got the call.

"It was a very surprising phone call that I got. In order to come take this, assume the position as County Commissioner...(I) wasn't expecting this at all," stated Bacon.

Bacon said he is learning quickly what his job is.

"Maintaining the county roads, overseeing the county government, budget, sheriff's department, county finance," explained Bacon.

The possible redesignation of the flood plains-which decides whether homeowners pay flood insurance-is Bacon's proudest project.

"The most important thing I'm working on right now is trying to get a flood plain designation for the area," continued Bacon.

This plan's submission is expected to be in two weeks. Bacon said he and his team will fight to make sure it is done.

"It's going to take about 12-to-16-months...FEMA is not an easy organization to go up against. But, in the best interest of the constituents of the area, that's what we need to do," Bacon said.

Bacon said he wishes he had been in the office longer before the primary election.

"I would have loved to have had a little bit more time to have gotten this thing under the belt," stated Bacon.

Yet another accomplishment Bacon is proud of is the upcoming seal coating of Burma Road and the repaving of North Grape Creek Road.

"We've got a $400,000 grant we applied for, that's moving forward very quickly," explained Bacon.

The grant is ready to be submitted and, for the precinct with the largest population and the second most roads, those finished projects will be appreciated.

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