Scioto County Commissioner Mike Crabtree is not a guy who hedges on what is on his mind. What he does with what is on his mind is speak it. At Thursday’s Commissioners meeting, he took the opportunity to talk about citizens’ attitudes and the importance of having a positive one if you are looking for growth and progress.
“We’re doing what we can,” Crabtree said. “We’re not miracle workers. We can’t create jobs out of nothing and you can’t put a gun in somebody’s ribs and say ‘Move your factory into Scioto County.’ It doesn’t work that way.”
Crabtree said the Commissioners work through the Southern Ohio Port Authority to try to encourage jobs in Scioto County.
“One of the things realistically Commissioners cannot do is take personal pride in yourself,” Crabtree said. “If people in Scioto County would take more pride in their community and more pride in their own personal lives, the issue we have with drugs and everything, those are deterrents to companies coming into this county.”
Crabtree said that if people are really sincere about wanting something better in Scioto County, they should “light one candle.” He said people should “step up to the plate and do just one part of what you can do to make this community more attractive to businesses out there.”
Crabtree said drawing people into the community to locate businesses can’t be done by the Commissioners alone.
“People are going to have to do their part,” Crabtree said. “All of us here, we have the best interest of Scioto County, and we want to do what we can.”
Crabtree said to the Commissioners that it’s not about money or making a name for yourself.
“If we’re going to do something good for the community, instead of complaining, and putting negative things in the Facebook about the Splash Park, people need to take a good look at themselves and say, ‘What can I do for the community?’ We all have a responsibility, if we love our country and we love our town and we love our county, we need to do what we can to make it look better.”
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