Who will the next mayor of Blairsvill...

Who will the next mayor of Blairsville be?

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Jim Conley

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Just a thought

Cleveland, GA

#208 Oct 30, 2013
tmv post wrote:
PS... they paid over $241,000 Per Acre for that $2,000,000 Dollar Land!!!!
HELLO! Somebody seriously cleaned up on that deal. That was NOT a wise real estate deal in the best interest of the Citizens. And they did it at a time money was getting "scarce".
My Gosh! How stupid can you get! I swear - If Blairsville votes Conley in again, and if Blairsville passes Splost IV ........
Well, May God have mercy on you for your self inflicted pain to com.
It is prime property for a Developer. Not worth the price paid because it has some problems but a fine piece of property just the same. Several local developers or on the DDA. Had it been a steal they would have stole it. Instead they would rather gamble with the money belonging to the residents. You can't lose if you use someone Else's money. The city has no business making risky gambles such as this. If the city was run right it could have a surplus of money. No property tax and the money to repair it's infrastructure without borrowing or begging for grants. We need some real leadership in Blairsville. Look at the city council and who is on it. What does Mahan, Cone and Easter know about anything. Buddy Moore knows a little about finance but I doubt he is very knowledgeable about sewers and water systems and streets or even airports. How much money has been spent at the airport. Granted most came from the state and federal govt but who is the state and federal govt? It is suppose to be us. When is everyone going to wake up and realize their isn't any free lunches?
Rich Golfer

Dawsonville, GA

#209 Oct 30, 2013
Meh wrote:
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Said by someone who does not live there, has never lived there, and only knows about it because the bank he got pissed at was headquartered there. We like it so much we live there. Grew up there. Plan on dying there.
So you go on about your airs, puny man. Get upset about a SPLOST that has nothing to do with you, with a mayor that has nothing to do with you, in a city that has nothing to do with you. Nobody much cares what you yammer on about because, you see, it has nothing to do with you.
Wonderful! The most honest statement I've read on topix EVER.

MV is a little money monger. His comment about what he can 'take' from Norm made me realize the joy and satisfaction he feels when he sues a person. It's all about the dollar. How many people has this little pissant threatened to sue? How many?
tmv post

AOL

#210 Oct 30, 2013
Just a thought wrote:
<quoted text>It is prime property for a Developer. Not worth the price paid because it has some problems but a fine piece of property just the same. Several local developers or on the DDA. Had it been a steal they would have stole it. Instead they would rather gamble with the money belonging to the residents. You can't lose if you use someone Else's money. The city has no business making risky gambles such as this. If the city was run right it could have a surplus of money. No property tax and the money to repair it's infrastructure without borrowing or begging for grants. We need some real leadership in Blairsville.
I agree that "It is prime property for a Developer." But not at that price. Not at even close to that price. And if the Loan wasn't backed by Taxpayer dollars - I can't imagine the Bank making that loan. Can any Developer / Builder in the area truly imagine a Developent Scenario in which the bank would loan them money of that magnitude for that land? And there isn't even money attached for the "Development" aspect... it's just a raw land purchase. There isn't even a plan in place with financing in place that remotely justifies the purchase OR the Loan.

It is bordering on questionable Loan Activity to make a Loan based on that kind of loan valuation - even if (and especially in my opinion) the Loan is backed by Taxpayer funds.

I mean seriously - doesn't the bank have some sort of loan to value appraisal process they have to go through to justify this?

The loan itself looks fishy to me in this this economic environment.

If I was a tax paying city resident I'd be demanding the loan justification documents.
tmv post

AOL

#211 Oct 30, 2013
I wonder if they used the $200,000 0.29 acre land purchase as an appriasal justification? That vacant barely used parking lot the Commissioner bought at a valuation of almost $700,000/acre.

Are you beginning to see how this all ties together.

Taxpayer money funds obscene land buy. An Appraisal Value is born that fuels future obscenely overpriced land buys. Some men sit in the Directors Chairs of the Bank, Members of Governmental Agency offshoot making land buys. And own land that is also skyrocketing in value as a result.

Sweet deal on the taxpayer dime. Bank keeps sucking taxpayer interest payments also. Big ones. Interest Only loaded at the front end. Premium rates being charged on top of that.

Are you beginning to see the bigger picture?
Right on

Atlanta, GA

#212 Oct 30, 2013
tmv post wrote:
My Gosh! How stupid can you get! I swear - If Blairsville votes Conley in again, and if Blairsville passes Splost IV ........
Well, May God have mercy on you for your self inflicted pain to com.
Meh wrote:
Said by someone who does not live there, has never lived there, and only knows about it because the bank he got pissed at was headquartered there. We like it so much we live there. Grew up there. Plan on dying there.
So you go on about your airs, puny man. Get upset about a SPLOST that has nothing to do with you, with a mayor that has nothing to do with you, in a city that has nothing to do with you. Nobody much cares what you yammer on about because, you see, it has nothing to do with you.
Well stated.

“Our Cause Isn't Lost”

Since: Jan 11

Blairsville, GA

#214 Oct 30, 2013
tmv post wrote:
<quoted text>
I think the above is a good post, and a perfect lead in for the following observation......
IF MONEY IS GETTING SCARCE.... WHAT THE HECK WERE THEY THINKING BUYING A PIECE OF PROPERTY FOR $2,000,000 ( TWO MILLION DOLLARS)
And they financed it... meaning the "scarce money" is now partially being spent on interest payments on the loan to the bank.
This is what happens when you give politicians huge chunks of advance cash - they rush out and spend it onthe first thing they see. They don't plan for slow downs. They don't budget like normal families have to.
Because they know they can just go raise your taxes and do it all over again.
TIME FOR A CHANGE.
No Conley. No Splost IV.
I understand your abstract of my ‘money getting scares’ remark, but allow me to expand upon my thoughts in the more restricted context as it was intended to reflect upon the Mayor’s Campaign.

In this case, I was actually being facetious by suggesting that the “big money machine(the puppets controllers)” so to speak; were actually becoming nervous in that their pawn has and continues to make major mistakes being so obvious, that it now jeopardizes the near totalitarian control they have exercised, and enjoyed over Blairsville for quiet a while now.

Yep, the Mayor has and is making a mess, and the small group of taxpayers, living in the Town limits are beginning to realize they are going to pay the bills, not to mention “the big boys” are embarrassed, and just can’t seem to cover for him any longer.

So, maybe, his money is beginning to dry up, as many, I think, might just be now hedging their bets.

Who knows, but we will see soon.

VOTE NEW RESPONSIVE LEADERSHIP FOR BLAIRSVILLE

VOTE NO SPLOST
Just a thought

Commerce, GA

#215 Oct 31, 2013
GA-LAW-FF wrote:
<quoted text>
I understand your abstract of my ‘money getting scares’ remark, but allow me to expand upon my thoughts in the more restricted context as it was intended to reflect upon the Mayor’s Campaign.
In this case, I was actually being facetious by suggesting that the “big money machine(the puppets controllers)” so to speak; were actually becoming nervous in that their pawn has and continues to make major mistakes being so obvious, that it now jeopardizes the near totalitarian control they have exercised, and enjoyed over Blairsville for quiet a while now.
Yep, the Mayor has and is making a mess, and the small group of taxpayers, living in the Town limits are beginning to realize they are going to pay the bills, not to mention “the big boys” are embarrassed, and just can’t seem to cover for him any longer.
So, maybe, his money is beginning to dry up, as many, I think, might just be now hedging their bets.
Who knows, but we will see soon.
VOTE NEW RESPONSIVE LEADERSHIP FOR BLAIRSVILLE
VOTE NO SPLOST
The Banksters may be getting worried about their puppet but what is unreal is that he was chosen in the first place. He would be a perfect puppet except that he doesn't have the good sense to get in out of the rain. Why would you want to place your confidence in someone like that is beyond me.
ghost of scandals past

Upper Marlboro, MD

#216 Oct 31, 2013
tmv post wrote:
I wonder if they used the $200,000 0.29 acre land purchase as an appriasal justification? That vacant barely used parking lot the Commissioner bought at a valuation of almost $700,000/acre.
Are you beginning to see how this all ties together.
Taxpayer money funds obscene land buy. An Appraisal Value is born that fuels future obscenely overpriced land buys. Some men sit in the Directors Chairs of the Bank, Members of Governmental Agency offshoot making land buys. And own land that is also skyrocketing in value as a result.
Sweet deal on the taxpayer dime. Bank keeps sucking taxpayer interest payments also. Big ones. Interest Only loaded at the front end. Premium rates being charged on top of that.
Are you beginning to see the bigger picture?
This cronyism has been going on forever take for example UCHS site do a little investigating onsho originally owned it and who it was titled to that sold at a cost that should have raised eyebrows then but was bisiness as usual hint hint ex state senator and vroom vroom thunderchicken cohort $$$$
Doo little

Dahlonega, GA

#217 Oct 31, 2013
ghost of scandals past wrote:
<quoted text>This cronyism has been going on forever take for example UCHS site do a little investigating onsho originally owned it and who it was titled to that sold at a cost that should have raised eyebrows then but was bisiness as usual hint hint ex state senator and vroom vroom thunderchicken cohort $$$$
Might that be Elliots and Jenkys ?
LOL

Cleveland, GA

#218 Oct 31, 2013
If he gets beat, I think the scum whores in the Police Dept done it
If he wins, he better clean house.I bet MV will let everyone know
Do the right thing or BE EXPOSED
Whats it going to be Conley?
Are you going to sweep. YOUR house or do the people have to do it for your dumb clueless azz?
Its up to you.
Just a thought

Commerce, GA

#219 Nov 1, 2013
Have you people in town gone to vote yet? The people in the County have to depend on you to make the right decision and I am sure you have to agree with everyone else that it's time for a change.
ghost of scandals past

Bowie, MD

#220 Nov 1, 2013
Doo little wrote:
<quoted text>Might that be Elliots and Jenkys ?
you got the first part right but for the second you have to go a little higher up the food chain third letter in the alphabet Count really took a bath on this one $$$$$$$$$$

“Our Cause Isn't Lost”

Since: Jan 11

Blairsville, GA

#221 Nov 3, 2013
So much ammunition, and so little time to fire. Just a phrase, of course, but here we are at the eleventh hour. And the Mayor and Commissioner mimic Obama, each time they open their mouths; it’s like the gift that just keep on giving – I hope folks are listening.

I hope everyone has or will read the Mayor’s, and Mr. Payton’s Political ad in this week’s paper.

The Mayor opens by once again explaining to us all and his opponent how the “city government works’, and the form of government under which it operates. Further, he again, attempts to deny personal responsibility by reminding everyone that (“The Town is) a Weak Mayor/Strong Council form of government. And “the power” he says “ lies in the City Council.”

Later in the ad he tryS to convince you that “the Mayor cannot do anything”, and quickly takes refuge behind ‘Council Approval.(Once more, we are not astute enough to know how Blairsville operates (or mostly doesn’t).

During and after that he mostly claims his opponent is uninformed (unaware) or misinformed repeatedly, and doesn’t know anything about “city government or business.” Then he goes on to claim his opponent is misleading (deceiving) Blairsville residents.

How can it be both? Granted Mr. Payton may be a political novice, but,I believe, at this point most of us would prefer that to what we have witnessed over the past few years. I’ll address that more later, but back to my point on the Mayor.

If the Mayor, as he says,“cannot do anything” then why in goodness name would it be a full time job??

And the opinion of serving honestly, morally, faithfully and in Blairsville’s best interest is certainly debatable. As are the facts and figures the Mayor claims to have provided. And yes, I’m sure the people of Blairsville paying the bills do indeed expect the Mayor/Council to provide facts, and keep them informed of Town business when requested, nevertheless, that has NOT been happening.

And yes the NGN may attend Council Meetings, nonetheless, they act more as a political action committee, than a newspaper. Everyone, in all honesty knows that unbiased, investigative reporting will never cross that press.

No need to now, as the Mayor runs for another term of office “invite residents”(guess no one else is welcome)“to see what we do.”

No we all witnessed what, with attitude, the Mayor/Council do, as we remember the sign ordinance fiasco, and it wasn’t very pretty. And I don’t think, most of us will forget that debacle.


As reference earlier, I wish to address Mr. Payton, briefly (I hope).

First, I’ve never met the man, and yes it’s apparent he is a political novice. One that appears, to me, to have more than the simple ideals, and standards most would respect, but also a genuine desire to contribute in what he believes to be positive solutions to basic essential issues facing the leadership of Blairsville.

Please read his ad in this week’s paper. To me that is exactly what Blairsville needs at this point in time.

Can a novice, willing and wanting your confidence, genuinely believing he can serve the people, offering to be your conduit as a Mayor that will do things, treating you with respect, assisting in obtaining information, and responding to your inquires, and addressing your issues, actually accomplish such monumental task?

I think all it really takes is the desire. He offers to be our “friend at City Hall.” I think he should be given that opportunity.

Please VOTE ON NOVEMBER 5, 2013!!

TOM PAYTON WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT CHOICE!

Just a thought

Dawsonville, GA

#222 Nov 3, 2013
If you did some research of the city Govt. you would find it to be as corrupt as the county. Maybe a investigation into it's activities would make a good paper also. Many of the council or directly tied to United Community Bank or a director of United. One is tied to BRMEMC. If is time for someone with ties to the resident to be involved in the city govt. It is long overdue to have a person that the average citizen can go to. VOTE FOR TOM PAYTON

“Our Cause Isn't Lost”

Since: Jan 11

Blairsville, GA

#223 Nov 3, 2013
Just a thought wrote:
If you did some research of the city Govt. you would find it to be as corrupt as the county. Maybe a investigation into it's activities would make a good paper also. Many of the council or directly tied to United Community Bank or a director of United. One is tied to BRMEMC. If is time for someone with ties to the resident to be involved in the city govt. It is long overdue to have a person that the average citizen can go to. VOTE FOR TOM PAYTON
Just a technicality for me, but I just can’t bring myself to see or recognize Blairsville as a City. Don’t know how the Charter may read, or the legal mandated definitions, nevertheless, to me, our incorporated jurisdictional limits (hub), Blairsville, was, is, and I trust will always be just a small southern mountain Town. That’s why so many of us strive to preserve its traditional value and heritage.

I agree, The Time is Now to stop the corruption we find in so many of our mountain areas. Just in the recent past, one of our neighboring Counties cleaned up really well, electing new responsive officials to include a new Sheriff, and County Commissioner, and have progressed since.

We too, have made an excellent start; just last year we elected what is appearing to be, not only new, but responsive officials with a Sheriff, and Tax Commissioner.

But obviously we aren’t finished yet. We still have those in top positions, both Town and County, that exhibit attitudes of disrespect for the entire community as they dodge inquiry, sidestep responsibility, and disparage anyone who would dare question anomalies of the public records, they themselves were forced to provide through the Freedom of Information Act.

With that said, I haven’t met the Mayor’s opponent, Mr. Payton, or been a participant in his campaign. But, I have to question, why the Mayor chose condemnations of Mr. Payton, feebly attempting to label him as uninformed, misleading, not knowing government, Etc. and otherwise demeaning or disparaging him; when the most productive and positive route for our community would have been for the Mayor to challenge his opponent to an open and fair debate upon the issues, allowing the voters to attend, question, evaluate, and determine which man was most genuine and desirable.

That didn’t happen for obvious reasons, and possibly you have touched upon them in your posting.

As well The Commissioner employs the same ploy. Rather that being proactive in positive ways as are expected of those we place in positions of authority, he chooses to take a negative low road; that is to denigrate those seeking disclosure; while he avoids the substance of those issues that all citizens of a community should have concern.
Just a thought

Jasper, GA

#224 Nov 4, 2013
Couldn't help but laugh at Conley's ad in the paper. Don't know who writes his ads for him but they are dumber than he is. He was talking of Payton being uninformed and inexperienced. Now isn't that a hoot.

Conley went to high school don't know if he ever made it to graduation or not, Most likely not going by his ability to think and communicate.

Payton will graduate from Young Harris College in the spring with a degree in Govt. That is real uninformed isn't it.

Conley never held a job past entrance level.

Payton has had and operated his own business.

Payton served in the military which gave him leadership ability and a deeper love of country.

Conley couldn't be found.

Conley's only accomplishment since taking office is redoing the square. Course someone had to hold his hand to do that. Mainly the DDA and we all know who the DDA is and what their agenda is. Take from the residents and make a showroom of the square. Most residents are against the change in the square and thought it should have remained as we all knew it growing up. Course when did the residents have a say or their thoughts considered.

How about law suits. The city lost a big one when they tried to force the sign ordinance down everyone throat. Meetings were held before it was implemented and the room was full and everyone was against it. What did Conley and the Council do. Went right ahead with it and ended up in court. How about the junk ordinance. To enforce it Conley would have to clean up his own dump or the jury would laugh it out of court.

Let us hope that there is enough voters with intelligence to put an end to this laughable bunch of clowns tomorrow.
I Voted

Alto, GA

#225 Nov 5, 2013
Jim Conley remains the mayor of Blairsville with 62 votes compared to Tom Payton's 21 votes.

It seems to me this is a strong statement that the fine people of Blairsville recognize the positive impact Jim Conley has had during his tenure in office and wish him to continue. It's also a validation of the Downtown Development Authority and its efforts to beautify downtown and impact its businesses positively.
not really

Sycamore, GA

#226 Nov 5, 2013
I Voted wrote:
Jim Conley remains the mayor of Blairsville with 62 votes compared to Tom Payton's 21 votes.

It seems to me this is a strong statement that the fine people of Blairsville recognize the positive impact Jim Conley has had during his tenure in office and wish him to continue. It's also a validation of the Downtown Development Authority and its efforts to beautify downtown and impact its businesses positively.
Actually, all I saw was
not really

Sycamore, GA

#227 Nov 5, 2013
I Voted wrote:
Jim Conley remains the mayor of Blairsville with 62 votes compared to Tom Payton's 21 votes.

It seems to me this is a strong statement that the fine people of Blairsville recognize the positive impact Jim Conley has had during his tenure in office and wish him to continue. It's also a validation of the Downtown Development Authority and its efforts to beautify downtown and impact its businesses positively.
Actually all I saw was that Payton didn't have a clue as to how to campaign. I barely saw any signs. There were no debates, meetings, questions and answers. Nothing.

Just a bunch of apathy. 62 people out of over 700+ residents of the city voted yes??? That's not support overwhelming support as a whole... It's just a shame. A shame that Americans did not exercise their right to be involved in their local government.

Terrible.
I Voted

Alto, GA

#228 Nov 6, 2013
As of June 1, 2013, the City of Blairsville had 189 registered voters. That means 44% of registered voters showed up in an off election year to vote on who the next mayor would be, which is a far higher rate than the county voters as a whole.

Well done, Mr. Conley. Well done, people of Blairsville.

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