An open house Thursday afternoon for Precinct 4 Commissioner Ron Morrison’s office was intended to build some good will and interconnection between East Williamson County’s constituents and their county representation.
What it turned into was a coming out party for a new coalition uniting those disgusted with the Williamson County Landfill and the T. Don Hutto Residential Facility. Members of the newly formed Williamson County Public Policy Commission waved signs and passed out fliers on the sidewalk of Exchange Boulevard outside Morrison’s office, while well-wishers enjoyed the meet-and-greet event inside.
The coalition is largely made up of members of the Hutto Citizens Group, a watchdog non-profit group of mostly Hutto residents with a keen eye on the landfill near Hutto and other local issues, and the Family Justice Alliance, vigilant critics of T. Don Hutto Residential Facility in Taylor.
The newly formed group hopes to fold opposition to Highway 29’s expansion into their ranks as well. These issues are all related, member Jeff Maurice said, because they all have very public opposition that they feel is being ignored by county commissioners.
“It’s a list that goes on and on. They (the commissioners) have become an embarrassment to local constituents,” Maurice said.
Morrison, whose event was attended by several Taylor officials, said he had no qualms with the Williamson County Public Policy Commission organizing during his event.
“That’s the beauty of America,” he said. “I don’t think it’s in good taste, but it’s their right.”
Obviously Morrison wasn’t pleased to have citizens, who aren’t pleased with his job performance, show up at his open house. He and the rest of the court members should get used to it. Holding elected officials accountable is part of a democracy, and as long as it’s legal, it doesn’t matter whether the elected official thinks it’s tasteful or not.