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      Nelson battles Muggridge on the issues

      The elections in November are still off in the distance, but for Tim Nelson, it might as well be tomorrow. Nelson attended the Lee County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday night with the intent to confront his opponent, Rick Muggridge on several issues.

      However Muggridge continued on with the meeting as planned, bringing up an issue to the board that grew support from some, and muttering from others. Muggridge spoke of improving the, "Winding Way" neighborhood, which has experienced over 1,300 code enforcement calls in the last 17 months.

      "The people that live in that neighborhood, that desire to have a great neighborhood, and so I want to do everything I can to improve their neighborhood within the boundaries of the law," said Muggridge.

      Those improvements will include a higher code enforcement presence in the area, meaning more citations and warnings given out to those that are creating the issue. However, Nelson wasn't as ecstatic about the plan, and voiced his opinions to the board.

      "It just makes no sense to me, especially because they want to enforce codes, which I TMve been fighting that issue for 3 or 4 years now," said Nelson.

      But Nelson also wanted to confront the board on several other issues, including what he describes as a "lack of transparency."

      "Yesterday at noon I couldn't pull up an agenda for the meeting, it wasn't posted yet, how can the citizens be notified, I couldn't have notified the citizens of winding way that this discussion was going to happen because I didn't find out about it until 3:00 yesterday afternoon," said Nelson.

      But Muggridge countered Nelson's comments, stating that getting the agenda finished is a task within itself.

      "That's just logistics. I can tell you that with a very lean county staff, they're working as hard as they can to get that agenda together," said Muggridge.

      Despite Nelson's efforts the board voted to increase code enforcement presence in the "Winding Way" neighborhood, and will not be changing their current agenda distribution.