Who will the next mayor of Blairsvill...

Who will the next mayor of Blairsville be?

Created by Bet you did not know on Feb 26, 2013

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Just a thought

Cleveland, GA

#167 Sep 21, 2013
Jeb Cuttshaw wrote:
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The inmates will run the asylum???
Most of our local politicians should be inmates.
U R NUTS

Alto, GA

#168 Sep 21, 2013
Just a thought wrote:
<quoted text>I believe that qualifying is over and Frank Pack didn't throw his hat into the ring. I tend to agree with you that he would have been the ideal candidate but he must have not felt compelled to run. I believe that Mr. Payton is by far our best choice for a lot of reasons. He is not indebted to the power structure which makes him able to make decisions for the good of all. Conley was from the beginning bought and paid for by good ole boys. This is evident in his endeavors to expand the airport. We all know who has such a interest in the airport and why. The DDA is another way that he has handed power over to Head, Nelson, Rogers and a few other people who have their own future and not the future of Blairsville as a priority. He has done absolutely nothing to improve the quality of life for the residents of Blairsville but has spent a fortune on the downtown area while running the Merchants out with silly ordinances. Mr. Payton has served his country which shows he is willing to sacrifice for the good of all instead of looking after number one. He is a father which shows he is mature enough to handle the job. It is easy to abandon children and lead your own selfish life but it takes a man to do your duty and raise the children you are responsible for. The list is long and we don't have enough room here to compare all aspects of this race but the biggest difference is Morals and I feel you cannot fulfill this position if you don't have morals and a belief in Right and Wrong. You can raise your head in prayer for the newspaper to make a picture but the way you live and have lived shows the real picture.
If you are correct, it seems we are in a most unfortunate situation.

As I have stated previously I wish Mr. Payton well. I donít believe his integrity, character, or honor to be in question.

My concern with him is his hesitancy to broaden his scope and be more assertive in addressing the larger and more complex issues at the root of shortcomings we have witnessed in Blairsville just over the past few years.

You in your comments you touch upon a variety of issues to include a controlling power structure, the questionable airport expansion, the DDA, and unfriendly business attitudes and ordnances (i.e. sign ordnance resulting in lost law suit w/SETTLEMENT UNDISCLOSED). And these are but a few.

Each and every week the Mayor runs Political Advertisements that mislead, are lacking in full disclosure, or, in my view, simply arenít true.

Nevertheless, were is Mr. Payton?

We must have new proactive decisive RESPONSIVE LEADERSHIP. There isnít time to be passive. A winning challenger must not hesitate and focus only on soft issues; he must forcefully address all the issues head-on.

I understand early voting starts around Oct. 15th. Time is of the essence.

If Mr. Payton is to be viable it is imperative for him to assertively focus upon those issues you have commented upon, as well as, clearly dispute discrepancies, lay out his plans for necessary infrastructure, a business friendly atmosphere conducive to Heritage preservation and job production, and a more fiscal conservative, efficient, and responsive government for Blairsville.

Truth

Cleveland, GA

#169 Sep 23, 2013
U R NUTS wrote:
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If you are correct, it seems we are in a most unfortunate situation.
As I have stated previously I wish Mr. Payton well. I donít believe his integrity, character, or honor to be in question.
My concern with him is his hesitancy to broaden his scope and be more assertive in addressing the larger and more complex issues at the root of shortcomings we have witnessed in Blairsville just over the past few years.
You in your comments you touch upon a variety of issues to include a controlling power structure, the questionable airport expansion, the DDA, and unfriendly business attitudes and ordnances (i.e. sign ordnance resulting in lost law suit w/SETTLEMENT UNDISCLOSED). And these are but a few.
Each and every week the Mayor runs Political Advertisements that mislead, are lacking in full disclosure, or, in my view, simply arenít true.
Nevertheless, were is Mr. Payton?
We must have new proactive decisive RESPONSIVE LEADERSHIP. There isnít time to be passive. A winning challenger must not hesitate and focus only on soft issues; he must forcefully address all the issues head-on.
I understand early voting starts around Oct. 15th. Time is of the essence.
If Mr. Payton is to be viable it is imperative for him to assertively focus upon those issues you have commented upon, as well as, clearly dispute discrepancies, lay out his plans for necessary infrastructure, a business friendly atmosphere conducive to Heritage preservation and job production, and a more fiscal conservative, efficient, and responsive government for Blairsville.
Great Post
Just a thought

Cleveland, GA

#170 Sep 23, 2013
U R NUTS wrote:
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If you are correct, it seems we are in a most unfortunate situation.
As I have stated previously I wish Mr. Payton well. I donít believe his integrity, character, or honor to be in question.
My concern with him is his hesitancy to broaden his scope and be more assertive in addressing the larger and more complex issues at the root of shortcomings we have witnessed in Blairsville just over the past few years.
You in your comments you touch upon a variety of issues to include a controlling power structure, the questionable airport expansion, the DDA, and unfriendly business attitudes and ordnances (i.e. sign ordnance resulting in lost law suit w/SETTLEMENT UNDISCLOSED). And these are but a few.
Each and every week the Mayor runs Political Advertisements that mislead, are lacking in full disclosure, or, in my view, simply arenít true.
Nevertheless, were is Mr. Payton?
We must have new proactive decisive RESPONSIVE LEADERSHIP. There isnít time to be passive. A winning challenger must not hesitate and focus only on soft issues; he must forcefully address all the issues head-on.
I understand early voting starts around Oct. 15th. Time is of the essence.
If Mr. Payton is to be viable it is imperative for him to assertively focus upon those issues you have commented upon, as well as, clearly dispute discrepancies, lay out his plans for necessary infrastructure, a business friendly atmosphere conducive to Heritage preservation and job production, and a more fiscal conservative, efficient, and responsive government for Blairsville.
As I agree with you I can't help but think that he doesn't need to open to many channels of thought concerning the inefficient and down right ridiculous leadership the city has experienced over the last few years. Anyone who has paid attention to the City and it's wasteful and sloppy management already knows that if the City continues on the same path for 4 more years it will have so much debt and it's infrastructure in such bad repair that it will take years to overcome by good leadership. The city operates just as the county by sitting up authorities to place the debt so that they can show the City and County as being debt free while in reality they are on the hook for millions.
UC Voter

Winterville, GA

#171 Sep 26, 2013
Well are we going to have Conley and the 5 stooges for 4 more years or is the new comer going to send him packing? It's kinda like good over evil isn't it. If history tells us anything evil will win again and Conley will be farting up his office 4 more years.
R Martin

Dawsonville, GA

#172 Sep 26, 2013
May I ask, How many of you people who want to see the mayor defeated live in the city or own property in the City? How many of you have attended the monthly council meetings?

As someone who does live in the city and has a business here, I will vote for the mayor. Why do you ask?

The water and sewer systems have been upgraded or are in good repair. The DDA is doing a good job in giving us a squre that doesn't look like a depressed area.

My property taxes have remained low. The city finances are in good shape.

I think that the mayor and coucil as residents of the city have, an are, doing a good job. I think that most of the city residents think that also, or else they would not have be re-elected.
Just a thought

Winterville, GA

#173 Sep 26, 2013
R Martin wrote:
May I ask, How many of you people who want to see the mayor defeated live in the city or own property in the City? How many of you have attended the monthly council meetings?
As someone who does live in the city and has a business here, I will vote for the mayor. Why do you ask?
The water and sewer systems have been upgraded or are in good repair. The DDA is doing a good job in giving us a squre that doesn't look like a depressed area.
My property taxes have remained low. The city finances are in good shape.
I think that the mayor and coucil as residents of the city have, an are, doing a good job. I think that most of the city residents think that also, or else they would not have be re-elected.
Your the only person who owns a business in the city that speaks favorable of Conley and his gang of dumbasses. I have been kto a council meeting and no matter what is brought up there is not one vote in opposition. Since when can you put 5 people in a room and each one thinks like the other. Just how l would you know that the water and sewer has been upgraded. Oh yes you read it in the North Ga. News. That is a real testament. You thank the DDA is a good thing well tell me just what they have done other than put the city in debt for over a million dollars. The $100,000 it takes to keep the DDA going each year could do a lot for the residents of the city. The square looks good does it? The residents are walking in the mud when it rains and the mayor spends a half million on a brick sidewalk and some concrete curbing. Your property taxes have remained low you say well your water and sewer bill have increased considerable. Their will always be stupid people who can not think so if that is your calling in life good luck to you.
U R NUTS

Alto, GA

#174 Sep 26, 2013
R Martin wrote:
May I ask, How many of you people who want to see the mayor defeated live in the city or own property in the City? How many of you have attended the monthly council meetings?
As someone who does live in the city and has a business here, I will vote for the mayor. Why do you ask?
The water and sewer systems have been upgraded or are in good repair. The DDA is doing a good job in giving us a squre that doesn't look like a depressed area.
My property taxes have remained low. The city finances are in good shape.
I think that the mayor and coucil as residents of the city have, an are, doing a good job. I think that most of the city residents think that also, or else they would not have be re-elected.
Mr. Martin you seem to be a rather intelligent person so, I believe you deserve a respectful response.

It doesnít matter where we live (in this case Union County), it is conventional wisdom that any Township/City in a local community (such a Blairsville) whether incorporated or not is the economic hub of that community.

So thus, within this State, that Town or City has a major impact upon every resident, taxpayer, and businessperson within that economic area.

Nevertheless, in our case, the larger populations are in the unincorporated (County) areas rather that the more municipal (town/city area) and therefore the largest majority of our citizens (residents, taxpayers, businesspeople, voters, etc.) are prohibited in voting for the Town or City leaders as they do not live within those most restricted Town limits.

Therein lies our initial problem. A limited pool of shortsighted easily influenced individuals running for public office willing to succumb to a small minute elite and selfish group of people who, in my view, think the Town belongs to them, and are unwilling to give up any level of control that could possibility interfere with their personal agendas.

With that said some businesses thrive, some donít. Basically it depends upon who you know, and if you can obtain their blessings. Generally the public, both within and outside the Town, live fairly comfortable. But as you and I, most everyone knows what is going on, and either ignores it, or realizes for one reason or another, there isnít much, independently, that we can do about.

UNLESS or UNTIL, there is a major mistake, disclosure, or unlawful activity brought to light, upon which the public becomes brutally aware. THEN, as you witnessed in last yearís elections you can effectuate some elective changes.

So this is the elephant in the room that no one wants to acknowledge. However, you choose to stand upon the matter is up to you.

My point is (not meaning to be offensive), your point of view is coming for what appears to be as long established resident/businessman, who enjoys a certain level of favor, possibility unknowingly, that doesnít/hasnít essentially have/had the same experiences of others attempting to establish/maintain residences/businesses. The question of course is someone who attempts to resolve a problem(s) with either government cold turkey, with out such favor and not knowing anyone to call upon for advice or help, given the same considerations.

Finally, we should all strive to keep Blairsville/Union County true to our Tradition Heritage, and the slower, and more friendly peaceful, comfortable, tranquil community we all love, but not at the expense of a selfish eccentric dominating controlling few.
neighbor

Cornelia, GA

#175 Sep 29, 2013
Looks as though we have a political race on hand. Conley has broke down and bought signs or maybe his good buddies paid for them. This is going to be interesting. Looks as though the only ones who want his sign in their yard are the council members. Just goes to show you that the apple is rotten to the core.
New Day Coming

Duluth, GA

#176 Oct 7, 2013
neighbor wrote:
Looks as though we have a political race on hand. Conley has broke down and bought signs or maybe his good buddies paid for them. This is going to be interesting. Looks as though the only ones who want his sign in their yard are the council members. Just goes to show you that the apple is rotten to the core.
Looks like his pigs have sank his boat.
He He

Clarkesville, GA

#177 Oct 8, 2013
New Day Coming wrote:
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Looks like his pigs have sank his boat.
I don't think he needed any help in sinking his boat. Do you know anyone who can stand Conley? I'm curious as to which Cop has been firing his weapon unlawfully?
Old Timer

Wilson, NC

#178 Oct 8, 2013
Sadly, I have been a resident of Blairsville on and off for 50+ years. The actual town of Blairsville, not the outlying county areas. The older I have gotten, I have attended several city council meetings. In regards to the comment that they all agree, you haven't been to many meetings have you? Dyer will gladly stand up and not vote, vote against or argue something he doesn't agree with. There are times that they all will. Has anyone thought that the reason they agree so often is because they ARE residents of the town and have been for years. They have owned or worked for a business that is in town for years.... They may know what the TOWN needs a little before others, and I do not mean that condescendingly. If there is one thing I have learned from living in other areas throughout this country, every town and city has to govern themselves first and then worry about their county or parrish. Sewer and water bills are higher, but still lower than almost all cities in North Georgia.
just saying

Lavonia, GA

#179 Oct 8, 2013
Old Timer wrote:
Sadly, I have been a resident of Blairsville on and off for 50+ years. The actual town of Blairsville, not the outlying county areas. The older I have gotten, I have attended several city council meetings. In regards to the comment that they all agree, you haven't been to many meetings have you? Dyer will gladly stand up and not vote, vote against or argue something he doesn't agree with. There are times that they all will. Has anyone thought that the reason they agree so often is because they ARE residents of the town and have been for years. They have owned or worked for a business that is in town for years.... They may know what the TOWN needs a little before others, and I do not mean that condescendingly. If there is one thing I have learned from living in other areas throughout this country, every town and city has to govern themselves first and then worry about their county or parrish. Sewer and water bills are higher, but still lower than almost all cities in North Georgia.
If the town is being run so well, why does it look so bad and deserted with so many empty buildings?
He He

Cleveland, GA

#180 Oct 8, 2013
Old Timer wrote:
Sadly, I have been a resident of Blairsville on and off for 50+ years. The actual town of Blairsville, not the outlying county areas. The older I have gotten, I have attended several city council meetings. In regards to the comment that they all agree, you haven't been to many meetings have you? Dyer will gladly stand up and not vote, vote against or argue something he doesn't agree with. There are times that they all will. Has anyone thought that the reason they agree so often is because they ARE residents of the town and have been for years. They have owned or worked for a business that is in town for years.... They may know what the TOWN needs a little before others, and I do not mean that condescendingly. If there is one thing I have learned from living in other areas throughout this country, every town and city has to govern themselves first and then worry about their county or parrish. Sewer and water bills are higher, but still lower than almost all cities in North Georgia.
He He He You have lived in Blairsville for the last 50 years but have lived in other parts of the country as well. You must really have some age on you. Now just how would you know what the sewer and water bills in other cities are? That is not info that is discussed all the time and I would assume that you most likely have not lived in all the cities since you have lived here for 50 years. Many people have been to council meetings and the newspaper generally tells if it is a unanimous vote so when is it that Dyer and the others stand up and yell and scream that they don't like something? This city is run like a little kingdom just like Lamar runs the county. Certain people get what they want and to hell with the residents. Time for a change but you hang on I think you are going to like the change. Since you have been here for 50 years I guess you and the mayor may have been drinking buddies in the past since you certainly live in a dream world. Go ahead and have another Bud.
Just a thought

Cleveland, GA

#181 Oct 8, 2013
just saying wrote:
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If the town is being run so well, why does it look so bad and deserted with so many empty buildings?
That's called the Conley look.
Old Timer

Wilson, NC

#182 Oct 8, 2013
On and Off for 50+ years. heheheh... you are so smart, but I guess you missed part of that sentence. I was born and raised here, and yes, I have lived in other areas over the years before coming back home. The city has had empty buildings for years. They could give the buildings away for free, and we still would have empty store fronts due to other issues. The town and county for years have ignored the tourism aspect until just the past few years. Most small towns throughout the south are full of "tourist" stores, not mom and pop local establishments. They may be "mom and pop" people running the stores, but they almost solely rely on tourism for their means of staying open. One more thing, I am not a fan of the mayor.
just saying

Lavonia, GA

#183 Oct 8, 2013
Old Timer wrote:
Sadly, I have been a resident of Blairsville on and off for 50+ years. The actual town of Blairsville, not the outlying county areas. The older I have gotten, I have attended several city council meetings. In regards to the comment that they all agree, you haven't been to many meetings have you? Dyer will gladly stand up and not vote, vote against or argue something he doesn't agree with. There are times that they all will. Has anyone thought that the reason they agree so often is because they ARE residents of the town and have been for years. They have owned or worked for a business that is in town for years.... They may know what the TOWN needs a little before others, and I do not mean that condescendingly. If there is one thing I have learned from living in other areas throughout this country, every town and city has to govern themselves first and then worry about their county or parrish. Sewer and water bills are higher, but still lower than almost all cities in North Georgia.
I have been to several city meetings. What a joke. The council members look like a bunch of puppets with the head string puller in the audience nodding his head yea, or nay on what they should do. Everyone knows who runs the city and county.
Just a thought

Cleveland, GA

#184 Oct 9, 2013
Old Timer wrote:
On and Off for 50+ years. heheheh... you are so smart, but I guess you missed part of that sentence. I was born and raised here, and yes, I have lived in other areas over the years before coming back home. The city has had empty buildings for years. They could give the buildings away for free, and we still would have empty store fronts due to other issues. The town and county for years have ignored the tourism aspect until just the past few years. Most small towns throughout the south are full of "tourist" stores, not mom and pop local establishments. They may be "mom and pop" people running the stores, but they almost solely rely on tourism for their means of staying open. One more thing, I am not a fan of the mayor.
Same ole story. Tourism is the answer to all problems. Well we have Dahlonega, Blue Ridge and the great town of Helen. Everyone doesn't want to live in a town crawling with people in short pants and a camera hanging from their neck. If I wanted to live in such an environment I would simply move to Helen. A few people do want this. They don't even live in town they just want to run it so they get Conley and the 5 stooges elected to run it for them. No one has asked the residents who live in the city if that is what they want?
Conley has never held a job higher than stock boy or janitor and he's elected to be mayor of a town. What a joke.
Ken

Baldwin, GA

#185 Oct 9, 2013
Just a thought wrote:
<quoted text>Same ole story. Tourism is the answer to all problems. Well we have Dahlonega, Blue Ridge and the great town of Helen. Everyone doesn't want to live in a town crawling with people in short pants and a camera hanging from their neck. If I wanted to live in such an environment I would simply move to Helen. A few people do want this. They don't even live in town they just want to run it so they get Conley and the 5 stooges elected to run it for them. No one has asked the residents who live in the city if that is what they want?
Conley has never held a job higher than stock boy or janitor and he's elected to be mayor of a town. What a joke.
Plenty experience as an alcoholic .
just saying

Stow, OH

#186 Oct 9, 2013
Ken wrote:
<quoted text>Plenty experience as an alcoholic .
plenty of experience dancing off the puppet string.

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