2 Candidates for City Council take op...

2 Candidates for City Council take opposite positions on 123 N. Main St rezoning

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Belmont Voter

Charlotte, NC

#1 Oct 3, 2013
FYI, I attended the Planning and Zoning board meeting the other night regarding the rezoning of 123 North Main Street. The-115-year old historic property was item 1 on the agenda. The vote broke 4 for the rezoning and 4 against so it goes to Council as a draw.
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Richard Turner voted against the commercial rezoning.
Ryan Schrift voted for the commercial rezoning.
Aleta

Gastonia, NC

#2 Oct 3, 2013
Turner just got my vote.
FB Freddy

Gastonia, NC

#3 Oct 3, 2013
It also appears Schrift removes comments and questions from his FB page. I don't think this candidacy will go very far.
Reasonable

Concord, NC

#4 Oct 3, 2013
Wonder why Schrift changed his mind? He initially voted NO on the first rezoning request of 123 N Main, then YES on the second conditional rezoning request. NO explanation or comments were made.

It would be nice to understand why he thinks rezoning under any conditions is good for Belmont? Maybe he would feel differently if he lived in downtown and his property values were affected. Turner has my vote too. He's by far the most qualified candidate.
Bedanga

Gastonia, NC

#5 Oct 3, 2013
Reasonable wrote:
Wonder why Schrift changed his mind? He initially voted NO on the first rezoning request of 123 N Main, then YES on the second conditional rezoning request. NO explanation or comments were made.
It would be nice to understand why he thinks rezoning under any conditions is good for Belmont? Maybe he would feel differently if he lived in downtown and his property values were affected. Turner has my vote too. He's by far the most qualified candidate.
Follow the money.:)
Reasonable

Concord, NC

#6 Oct 3, 2013
Bedanga wrote:
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Follow the money.:)
Please explain this trail. Pocket candidate? For who?
Downtown Commander

Belmont, NC

#7 Oct 3, 2013
Reasonable wrote:
Wonder why Schrift changed his mind? He initially voted NO on the first rezoning request of 123 N Main, then YES on the second conditional rezoning request. NO explanation or comments were made.
It would be nice to understand why he thinks rezoning under any conditions is good for Belmont? Maybe he would feel differently if he lived in downtown and his property values were affected. Turner has my vote too. He's by far the most qualified candidate.
Agree with Reasonable that town should be controlled only by those with Main Street address.
Just Wondering

Charlotte, NC

#8 Oct 4, 2013
Did any of you ask him?
FB Freddy

Gastonia, NC

#9 Oct 4, 2013
Just Wondering wrote:
Did any of you ask him?
Someone just did. He posts on here. Let him answer.
Reasonable

Concord, NC

#10 Oct 4, 2013
Downtown Commander wrote:
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Agree with Reasonable that town should be controlled only by those with Main Street address.
The town should not be "controlled" by the philosophy of "we must grow or die". The people who live in Belmont care about it's future and want what is best for the whole town. I no more support converting old homes in North or East Belmont into businesses than I do in downtown. That is not smart growth because it leads to the decline of neighborhoods over time. Smart growth is converting a vacant mill into a mixed use retail and residential use. That will raise the City's tax base, unlike converting over historic houses to commercial use.
Too Close For Comfort

Charlotte, NC

#11 Oct 5, 2013
Reasonable wrote:
<quoted text>Please explain this trail. Pocket candidate? For who?
Elementary Watson! Mr Schrift was urged to run by a DEVELOPER who currently sits on BelmontÂ’s Planning and Zoning Board. This developer is the same one who recently opened Coldwell Banker Commercial-MECA in East Belmont and apparently a branch office of Coldwell Banker residential realty will open beside Meca.(He appears to be an officer and have an interest in both possibly President of CBCM )
An interesting note is that another candidate for city council ( Irl Dixon ) works for Coldwell Bankers as a real estate agent.
Garibaldi Gary

Gastonia, NC

#12 Oct 5, 2013
Say NO to Dixon and Schrift!
Mr Belmont

Forest City, NC

#13 Oct 5, 2013
Irl Dixon has been on the council and lost his re-election run. We have already decided as a city that he is NOT best for the future of this town. I feel we have moved away from the bad years of Cromlish and Dixon and I hope we never return.
Mrs Belmont

Seymour, TN

#14 Oct 5, 2013
Richard Turner has run 3 times and lost. I guess that says he is REALLY NOT best for the future of Belmont.
Belmont Voter

Charlotte, NC

#15 Oct 5, 2013
Mrs Belmont wrote:
Richard Turner has run 3 times and lost. I guess that says he is REALLY NOT best for the future of Belmont.
Actually what it says is he ran against the club 3 times and came very close. He now does not have to face one of the "homers" and that scares the hell out of some of the folks who have held this town in their hand for a very long time. He is not beholdin to any of them and their lack of ability to exercise control over him sticks in their craw. The best thing for Belmont's future is to have folks that do not have to get the nod from someone before they vote a certain way.
Mrs Belmont

Seymour, TN

#16 Oct 5, 2013
Well lets see. I don't think Bill Toole was a homer and he lost to him. Ron foulk was not a homer and he beat him.
Belmont Voter

Charlotte, NC

#17 Oct 6, 2013
Mrs Belmont wrote:
Well lets see. I don't think Bill Toole was a homer and he lost to him. Ron foulk was not a homer and he beat him.
Ron has lived in Belmont since 1975 for almost years, at least at his current residence. Maybe longer in Belmont not at this address. He was also Principle at Page for a long time.

Bill may not have been a "homer" but Bill was the Chairman of the Gaston County Democratic Party at that time and the Face of the toll road movement. That in itself was a great deal for any candidate to overcome.
Anonymous

Stanley, NC

#18 Oct 6, 2013
Mr. Hostetler and Mrs. Realty should have done this in a more professional, business manner in lieu of like a chicken going behind Jeff's, Ms. Love's back and having petitions signed, visiting business owners/resident's and giving them mis-informatiion. The appropriate thing would''ve been to have found out exactly what the intent was for this house...up-fitting, landscaping, etc. Now that this is all out, I think Mr. Troublemaker should make a list of all the things he doesn't like about Belmont and ask everyone to leave. I think Chad shouldn't been allowed to sell his property on the corner to the Jonas family because that is a historical corner has history to it and not be allowed to change the Kimbrell building to a meeting facility, those specialty shops across the street shouldn't be allowed to put their goods on the sidewalk because it's an eyesore and when the running group goes up the street in the afternoon they have to run on the other side of the street because of the danger of running into one of their products. Also, there's more than one hair salon on Main St. so he needs to ask the Council to ask the others to move, same with the restaurants...only have one of everything!!! too much competition. Bad for Belmont. Because there's so much noise on Main Street they need to do away with String Bean having bands outside, do away with Live After Five Downtown Belmont. No music in the Parks...keep it the way it was 10 years ago...or longer...then his Mrs. Real Estate wife won't have anything to ride up and down Belmont to brag about when she's trying to sell a home...
Uncomfortable

Charlotte, NC

#19 Oct 6, 2013
Too Close For Comfort wrote:
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Elementary Watson! Mr Schrift was urged to run by a DEVELOPER who currently sits on BelmontÂ’s Planning and Zoning Board. This developer is the same one who recently opened Coldwell Banker Commercial-MECA in East Belmont and apparently a branch office of Coldwell Banker residential realty will open beside Meca.(He appears to be an officer and have an interest in both possibly President of CBCM )
An interesting note is that another candidate for city council ( Irl Dixon ) works for Coldwell Bankers as a real estate agent.
I am uncomfortable with the nature of these relationships. I want individuals with no ties to represent the people on council. It could be difficult to vote NO on something if the guy who backed you or employees you desires a yes vote...
More uncomfortable

Bakersville, NC

#20 Oct 6, 2013
Well I guess you can't have councilpeople who work for Duke Power, BellSouth, TimeWarner, Public Service, Lowes, appliance companies, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, etc since they all will worry about theor jobs if they vote something down. Oh we can also add merchants and especially their employees. Oops. Ocassionally something comes up concerning the schools so we can't have teachers and principles. Come to think of it we can't have anybody except retirees.

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