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My name is Travis Milhan, and I am seeking to be the county commissioner for District 4.
For those who do not know me, I am the director of Poplar Point Camp in the Hanover community. Additionally, I serve as the assistant chief of the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department and president of the Coosa County Chamber of Commerce.
I do these things because I believe that we can all make a difference and make our community and county a better place.
The reason I am looking to be the next county commissioner for District 4 is because I believe there is opportunity for a great tomorrow for our county. Coosa County has so many extraordinary features that make this an incredible place to live.
I believe that because of this we have a bright future, and we can flourish again as a place that people desire to live with their kids and families. But we need to begin to work to leverage what we do have so that we can become a place no one wants to ever move away from.
I have three children, and I believe it is time to start setting a vision for them and all the children of our county to improve our area. Starting with we need to get an ambulance service established in the central part of the county.
Kellyton and Goodwater are incredible volunteers, but this county is simply too large for two volunteer services to cover. I have been on emergency calls in our county where Goodwater and Kellyton are unavailable for any number of reasons, at no fault of theirs, and no out-of-county ambulance can respond.
Then it has fallen to me to look into the eyes of loved ones and have to explain why an ambulance is taking so long to arrive. We need to fix this before it is my or your loved one in pain waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
We also find that many of the roads in our county are in poor shape, but this county does not have the funds to improve the roads. I hate the idea of higher taxes, so the only option is for our county to grow its revenue through growth of new businesses coming into our county.
Just in the last few years, we have slowly seen new businesses appear in our county, but we need to work harder to make this county a business-friendly location. Which also means we need to continue to improve our infrastructure from expanding our water systems to fixing our trash service contract for the county.
There are many other items that I believe we can fix to make our county better, from creating a more transparent and approachable commissioners’ meeting to finding ways to improve our county recreation options. So, to learn more I invite you to find my candidate page on Facebook where I am writing weekly on issues that can make Coosa County shine again.