Bryon Herbert Reece Owner
Posted in the Blairsville Forum
#1 Apr 8, 2014
Looking through tax records and noticed the owners of the Bryon Herbert Reece Building is OWNED BY THE BOARD of UNION COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.
We the tax payers are footing a bloody fortune in our tax dollars for this place.
DOES ANYONE KNOW WHO THE BOARD OF UNION COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE?
The Officers are as follows:
Officers, Board of Directors and Advisory Council
Chair: John Kay
Vice-Chair: Dawn Lamade
Treasurer: Debra March
Recording Secretary: Rosemary Royston
Membership Secretary: Teresa Sampson
Executive Committee At-Large Members: Janice Moore, Lamar Paris, Fleming Weaver
Board of Directors: 2013-2014
James Mitchell Janice Moore
George Berry – Forsyth, GA
Fred Chappell – Greensboro, NC
Pat Conroy – South Carolina
Raymond Cook – Valdosta, GA
Cathy Cox – Young Harris, GA
Mike Giles – Gainesville, GA
Jane Hicks – Johnson City, TN
Henry Johnson – Watkinsville, GA
Ethelene Dyer Jones – Milledgeville, GA
Terry Kay – Athens, GA
Helen Lewis – Virginia
Sharon McCrumb – Roanoke, VA
Francis Mathis – Gainesville, GA
Zell Miller – Young Harris, GA
Jim Minter – Fayetteville, GA
Garland Reynolds – Gainesville, GA
Hugh Ruppersburg – Athens, GA
Joe Satterfield – Blue Ridge, GA
Dana Wildsmith – Bethlehem, GA
Phillip Lee Williams – Watkinsville, GA
#2 Apr 8, 2014
Most of the funds for BHR project came from state, DOT, ARC and federal sources. A majority of funds did not come from Union County. While ultimately that money comes from the "taxpayers" it is spread over taxpayers across the state and country - just like every other project funded likewise. Until the U.S. government and state stops handing out grants for such projects, local governments will not stop finding ways to spend the money.
#5 Apr 8, 2014
Yes it is.
#6 Apr 8, 2014
I've never seen such out of touch individuals in my life.
Blairsville and Union County is one of the most prosperous and up and coming cities in north Georgia.
Take a look around Ingles parking lot at the new vehicles and the class of people shopping there. Union County is not poverty stricken by any means.
Every restaurants this evening, on a Tuesday night, was busy.
Blairsville isn't a little podunk town any longer, it is a city made up of middle and upper class people, locals and move-ins alike. People are prospering. Businesses that go under are not run well.
Downtown is perking up and looking like a town square. One of the best law firms has moved on the square and remodeled their building. This will be the trend in downtown. Not Cook's Tire and tin buildings like in the past.
As long as people are doing well and are successful, Lamar will continue to gain support. He has provided amenities to those who live here and have moved here rather than letting this county grow stagnate
Y'all can be on your pity party and shout about corruption and unfairness all you want, but it appears you are in the minority.
I feel sorry for those topix people who are so damn narrow-minded they don't realize that your actions will go no where. Never!
#8 Apr 8, 2014
One of the reasons people move here is because of all the recreational amenities.
Whose welfare? Yours. Those who didn't plan for their future or a hand full of failures or the small minority who want things in UC the way they were 50 years ago.
Face it, you are losing your battle and going no where with this.
I saw the smiling faces, happy and content people all over town today.
To bad you can't join in and enjoy life.
#9 Apr 8, 2014
you are one pathetic person
#10 Apr 9, 2014
Reminds you a lot of old Hitler doesn't he. Talks about all the prosperous people and how well they are doing and how everyone else is a failure. Next Lamar will be building ovens to rid the county of the undesirable.
#11 Apr 9, 2014
if there one of the best law firms in union county we are in big big trouble.
#12 Apr 9, 2014
All the move-ins are doing good, but how are the ones that were born here doing? It won't be long before we will have to find a different place to live.
#13 Apr 9, 2014
Just what Lamar Paris wants , rich move ins and force the poor people out of his county .
#14 Apr 9, 2014
The locals are doing well because of the increase in populations. I don't know any who aren't.
If you don't think so you don't know the right people. The business people are successful and making money. They are sitting around feeling sorry for themselves.
But, topix people don't seem to know many people who aren't on a perpetual pity party. I don't care what y'all say or write because you are in the minority and nothing here has ever been successful to destroy UC. The only claim to fame if Norm Cooper and he bets he is better off not working for West. That was a total blessing in disguise.
#15 Apr 9, 2014
Correction: They are NOT sitting around feeling sorry for themselves.
Furthermore, a lot of the move-ins have opened businesses and they hire local people. It is a win-win situation.
#16 Apr 9, 2014
I was riding around town today. Saw a lot of empty buildings and the only new business are THRIFT STORES. Why are all the thrift stores doing so well, because people in this town can't afford to buy new. The poor are to busy paying for the luxury of a golf course, horse area, over priced farmers-flea market, bb gun range for a few. What ever happened to taking a can outside and shooting at that. Really do we need to spend $300,000 for that. OH MY!
#17 Apr 9, 2014
Richie... have YOU actually BEEN to the BHR "amenity" regularly? Are you really, seriously defending the amount of money spent to build that place?
C'mon, man... most visitors to this county that I've met thought the place was "pretty", but SILLY. How many of your visiting friends have you told to visit the BHR facility? I suppose it has nice bathrooms and parking if one needs a potty break. The bus parking spaces are hilarious... for school buses giving kids a waste of a "field trip"?
Trust me... the folks in town are not smiling because of their "pride in", or "fun visit to" the BHR center!
#18 Apr 9, 2014
boy did you hit the nail on the head. what a waste of tax money.
#19 Apr 9, 2014
Stop to potty and you have to pay.
“From hell and back”
Since: Nov 11
Satan is overrated
#20 Apr 9, 2014
Seems that many here are having a pity party. The county and city are growing and these rubes seem upset they are being left behind.
#21 Apr 10, 2014
What is growing? The debt and no industry for employment.
#22 Apr 10, 2014
Lamar`s bank account is growing at your expense .
#23 Apr 10, 2014
To quote the state law, "(5)'Governing authority' or 'governing body' means the board of commissioners of a county, sole commissioner of a county, council, commissioners, or other governing authority for a county or municipality.," it seems that no board of commissioners of Union County exists. It might be a board of commissioners of an authority, but not of the county, it seems. It seems that that particular name belongs only to a specific group of people that functions somewhat like (although much better) than a sole commissioner.
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*** Current Through the 2013 Regular Session ***
TITLE 36. LOCAL GOVERNMENT
PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO COUNTIES AND MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS
CHAPTER 70. COORDINATED AND COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING AND SERVICE DELIVERY BY COUNTIES AND MUNICIPALITIES
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