published Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield establishing home rule exploratory committee

by Cliff Hightower
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Mayor Ron Littlefield said today he will establish an exploratory committee to start discussing a charter for home rule for Hamilton County or for metropolitan government should Chattanooga and the county merge.

Littlefield made the remarks after talking to more than 250 people packed into the City Council chambers to discuss home rule.

“This is the launch,” Littlefield said. “This is the beginning.”

The mayor talked for almost 40 minutes about the values of having consolidated government between the city and the county. He then took questions from the public for about a half hour.

Littlefield said he would like a charter by August next year, just before the November presidential election.

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Salsa said...

I guess he thinks we are dumb enough to vote this in so he can be Metro Mayor.

July 28, 2011 at 5:21 p.m.
Oz said...

Merging the school systems worked out real well? Have we ever saved any money? Is education better?

July 28, 2011 at 5:46 p.m.
fedup350 said...

You cant trust anything that littlefield does. His time as mayor of Chattanooga has been the worst the City has ever seen. Think about it Hamilton County residents...the schools inside the City limits are terrible and gang ridden, you cant even go to a park inside the city without a high probability of getting robbed or shot. An honest citizen cant carry a firearm in a Chattanooga City park yet the City is powerless in stopping every thug in the city from carrying a gun. The sewer and storm water run off fees for City residents are taxing city residents to death and would you really want the circus side show act called the Chattanooga city council deciding what is best for you and your family? I can see the City and County merging..Missy Crutchfields salary would go from $106,000 to $200.000 and the County residence would have garbage called "art" all around the County. The Sheriffs Dept would be scraped to the bare bones and the Officers cars taken and their morale would plummett. The needs of the taxpaying citizens would be ingnored while plans for a county wide homless complex would draw vagrants to every corner of Hamilton County. Hamilton County residents better run from this plan as fast as possible!

July 28, 2011 at 6:23 p.m.
mccuthison9 said...

Chattanooga, Please, fight against the Home Rule that Littlefield is touting in the media. We should have impeached this SICK man. Home Rule simply means Chattanoogans will have less say in what happens in their city. We will have People like Curtis Adams, Rhonda Thurman and Charles Love Governing us. Look at the damage these people did with limited power, think of the DAMAGE they could do with unlimited power.

July 28, 2011 at 7:04 p.m.
fedup350 said...

You are right about one thing mccuthison9....Chattanooga residents will have less say about what goes on. I for one am glad we have Rhonda Thurman. No one needs another Curtis Adams or Charles love though.

July 28, 2011 at 7:12 p.m.
MasterChefLen said...

Mayor Littlefield is delusional. He couldn't get elected dog catcher, let alone, Metro Mayor. Whoever he tries to cut a sweetheart deal with after his term ends had better be put on notice that their political career would be over as well.

July 28, 2011 at 7:55 p.m.
heneh said...

All of Hamilton County needs to pay attention on this one. How much more power do we want to give people? They want more ordinance powers. First I want to know what ordinances they have planned for us. Has there been a lot of complaints in the county about not enough ordinances?

July 28, 2011 at 10:02 p.m.
TNboy811 said...

I am Hamilton co. resident and I don't want anything from Littlefield's dirty hands. I had see lot news about him and his henchmen have done to Chattanooga and they are not good so Littleprick leave us Hamilton co. residents alone.

July 28, 2011 at 10:29 p.m.
NoMyth said...

Littlefield appears to be all about backroom deals to help out his friends. He does not seem interested in helping the average citizen. It's a shame that so many politicians replace 'public service' with 'ego'. Recall Littlefield.

July 28, 2011 at 10:42 p.m.
Oz said...

Merge the city and county and eliminate all city jobs. Outsource all of those jobs and outsource all new county jobs. It has worked well for Sandy springs, Ga. No pensions to fund.

July 28, 2011 at 11:39 p.m.
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