Columbia County, as a growing county, has had numerous lawsuits regarding environmental damage from commercial and private home construction sites. If more attention had been paid to rain hazards – primarily soil and erosion damages – I believe this could and should have been prevented.
This lack of attention harms our land and property values. One example is the Jones Creek/Willow Lake situation where construction site soil runoff
was allowed to damage Willow Lake.
Fortunately, there are a lot of builders with integrity and honesty who do the right things and don’t cut corners. Jim Bartley is one of those men.
He has been a homebuilder for more than 30 years and has a strong record for building quality homes that provided jobs and tax revenue while also being environmentally conscious.
Jim has an “EPA Blue Card” indicating additional training and proficiency in environmental matters.
Whenever he is notified of potential issue on a building site, he corrects the problem immediately and follows up with a thank you to whoever brought it to his attention.
Jim is responsible for mandatory port-a-lets on job sites and helping to lead the effort to make sure all construction sites must have roll off trash containers.
He’s also responsible for exposing many illegal activities surrounding a poorly planned daycare project: no site plan, no permits, unlicensed contractor, and major flaws with electrical, mechanical, and plumbing work, to name a few problems.
These actions helped him earn being labeled as an activist. I offer it earned him the label as someone who cares about Columbia County.
However, if doing the right thing is an activist then I hope we are all activists.
Jim Bartley, will not look the other way as he does what’s right and honest to support a greater quality of life for all in our community and to protect our quality of life, I ask you to join me in voting for Jim Bartley on May 20.
Sam Booher, Martinez