Why must we always have a black eye on our name here in Liberty County, and more specifically in the Hardin area? If it isn’t alleged FEMA fraud it is now alleged wrong doings of the sale of rock to the Liberty County EMS. It is still yet undetermined if the sale of rock to the Liberty County EMS has been done legally. According to media sources Liberty County Auditor, Harold Seay has not been able to find where any money from any of Lee Groce's rock sales in the last ten years has surfaced in the county's coffers. So we have two issues that need to be resolved. The first one is where is the money from rock sales. The second issue is how the sale took place.
Questions were raised recently after three loads of limestone driveway material were delivered to a Moss Hill property by Pct. 2 trucks.
According to the Commissioner of Precinct 2 (Lee Groce) there is a section of the law that he says gives him the ability to provide for emergency ambulance service in the county. This law says: “Under the Health and Safety Code, Title 9, Subtitle B, Sec. 774.003, this was done to defray the expense of operating and maintaining the emergency ambulance service in the county,” wrote Groce in an e-mail according to media sources. However, the code explains that “Commissioner’s Court” may provide for emergency ambulance service. Commissioners, not one commissioner!
Groce said later that he did not understand why all of the questions about the rock were being asked. Groce added that his road and bridge department had provided close to a dozen loads of limestone for Liberty County EMS when they were located at a Hardin site.
The Liberty County Auditor Harold Seay was contacted by The Cleveland Advocate for the copies of the records of the past ten years of sales of rock to Emergency Medical Services. "Seay said he was not able to identify any material sales to emergency medical service companies.” (Source: Cleveland Advocate) View the full story.
The site to be used for the Liberty County EMS service may be a legitimate thing, and it could add for faster response times to the people of the area, but several questions still remain:
Why wasn’t this brought up before the Commissioners Court before the rock was delivered?
Why after 23 years of service does the Commissioner of Precinct 2 find himself in this situation again?
Why does Liberty County have to have a constant dark cloud of alleged corruption above it at all times?
What will Harold Seay and County Treasurer Kim Harris find out when they search every county record about the money Lee Groce has generated from Rock sales?
What other "rock sales" have been conducted that taxpayers need to know about?