As the issue of frac sand mining has crept into Houston County, I believe that we all knew that it would be one of the most difficult issues our county has ever had to face.

With difficult issues, we know that human nature doesn't allow us to escape unreasonable, illogical, self-centered opinions that may carry ulterior motives.

In January of this year, the Houston County Planning and Zoning Commission held the first frac sand mining hearing regarding a moratorium.

As a commissioner of District No. 2, I have the privilege to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission as a representative for the board of commissioners.

My role as a representative was to welcome those attending and to close out the audience participation part of the hearing with a thank you reflecting an appreciation for their comments.

I take pride in conducting myself in a very respectful, polite, compassionate and professional manner; always showing dignity to each and everyone. Those of you that know me and my family know that's how we operate.

Those of you that were at the hearing saw how I operate. Because of the lack of preparation prior to the meeting, I personally made sure there was an agenda and rules in place so that the meeting could be run orderly and professionally.

The agenda and rules were voted on and passed unanimously by ALL board members at the start of the meeting.

Following my closing comments as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, I made a motion in favor of a 12-month moratorium.

Other than opening the meeting with a welcome, closing the meeting with a thank you and making a motion in favor a 12-month moratorium, my words were very few.

The motion I made in favor of a 12-month moratorium reflected the sentiment of the majority of those attending the hearing; as I recorded that 84 percent of those who gave comment were also in favor of the moratorium.

I want you to know that I always make decisions that reflect the best interest of the majority of the constituents. I gather data and do my homework to support my decisions. I visit with the constituency and come prepared.

On a further note, I recently surveyed the township board members in the county regarding their support of the 12-month moratorium. The results were that 75 percent were in favor.

The board of commissioners was obviously on the same page as they implemented a 12-month moratorium at a later meeting.

Following my motion favoring a moratorium, a second was made and a discussion by the Planning and Zoning Commission members followed. Following the discussion, a roll call vote was taken, and the motion passed 4 to 3.

Because of an out-of-town commitment, I was unable to attend the last Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in March. However, commissioners Charlie Wieser, Terry Rosendahl and Bruce Lee were all in attendance.

Mr. Wieser, Mr. Rosendahl and Mr. Lee were the three no votes to the moratorium. I only mention this as in my absence these gentlemen did what I would never think of doing.

They made accusations regarding my professional representation at the frac sand moratorium hearing back in January.

One just has to read the minutes of the hearing, review the audio or video tape or talk to the other commissioners in attendance to find that I didn't even misstep a half a step.

I was very appreciative the commendations I received after the meeting from numerous citizens in attendance, including those of fellow board members.

Even though kind and compassionate people are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; forgive them anyway. I will.

Justin Zmyewski

County Commissioner

District #2, Houston