POSTED: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 10:16pm
A Cherokee County Comissioner is under investigation for what under normal circumstances, would be nothing worse than a difference of opinion.
But in today’s political climate, nothing is that simple. Last night we spoke with County Judge Chris Davis about the good work the county has done in holding the line on spending and taxes in these recessionary times.
But there are tensions on the court that are boiling over. And they may lead to court.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Katherine Pinotti is a Republican, and others in county government are either current or former Democrats. That has created turmoil.
At issue is a road, now known as Patterson road, but Pinotti says, is actually a county road whose number was mistakenly applied to another thoroughfare.
But the County Attorney Craig Caldwell says he is investigating to see if county funds have been misspent repairing a private road.
We called Mr. Caldwell, multiple times and finally reached him at the end of the day. We arranged a phone interview for later in the evening. From that point on, he did not answer his phone.
He did tell us though, that depending on how much money was spent on the road, if it is indeed private, it would be at least a misdemeanor.
Pinotti said, “It feels like a witchhunt. I’m tired of it. They are going to continue to pursue me even when they determine that it really is a county road. It’s on the map and I cannot imagine that it is not a county road. But you have to remember the Commissioner’s Court has the power to say it is not. And they’ll do it because they want to have me arrested. They would rather not fix the road map. They would much rather have me arrested. I don’t know what his objective is, I honestly don’t. but I’m beginning to take it personally."
County Judge Chris Davis told us he is not involved in this issue and had no comment.
Pinotti says though, this is becoming a witchhunt.
Meanwhile, there is another road in question. Old School Road in Bullard is mostly in Cherokee County, but ends in Smith County.
Pinotti is accused of paving that last stretch without proper agreements. She contends she followed the law.