Canned there

Dawsonville, GA

#62 Oct 5, 2013
Clete Purcell wrote:
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I could care less about a cruise in. Most people in Union could care less also. A bunch of car people showing off.
Why were there so many people there if no one cares?
Lots of people from all over the area, including NC, show up.
People love car shows.

Let's see. You don't like bike riders, car shows, horses, or much of anything else. I'm glad I'm not you.

Bears Way

Hollywood, FL

#63 Oct 5, 2013
Rich Golfer wrote:
<quoted text> Well said, indeed.
Every word is true and I commend you.
But, most of the complainers moved here because they "thought" they liked it, but they isolate themselves, bitch like hell, and really don't like much of anything except other people who think the way they do. Ya gotta be 'in love' with the county not just 'love' it.
" In Love" with Blairsville and Union County, that describes me perfectly. I feel like Romeo and Julio when I am there . The Julio was a joke guys.

“Skin a Floridian”

Since: Aug 09

SLOWPOK

#64 Oct 5, 2013
Bears Way wrote:
<quoted text> " In Love" with Blairsville and Union County, that describes me perfectly. I feel like Romeo and Julio when I am there . The Julio was a joke guys.
Well iz see yore self comes outa hiden Bear Boy.
Bears Way

Hollywood, FL

#65 Oct 5, 2013
Chainsaw Five wrote:
<quoted text>Well iz see yore self comes outa hiden Bear Boy.
. Jerry,your name in Texas was Julio, wasn't,t it?
Clete Purcell

Jasper, GA

#66 Oct 5, 2013
Canned there wrote:
<quoted text>
Why were there so many people there if no one cares?
Lots of people from all over the area, including NC, show up.
People love car shows.
Let's see. You don't like bike riders, car shows, horses, or much of anything else. I'm glad I'm not you.
Bike riders are a safety hazard, and I don't like my tax money used for things that only a few taxpayers use. Why should everyone pay for a few, a liberal idea. I like lot of things, and I am very very happy, thank you for caring.
Clete Purcell

Jasper, GA

#67 Oct 5, 2013
Bears Way wrote:
<quoted text> " In Love" with Blairsville and Union County, that describes me perfectly. I feel like Romeo and Julio when I am there . The Julio was a joke guys.
I love this county too. I don't love it any more with a horse barn than I did 5 years ago without a horse barn, community center, farmers market and Reese Memorial. I am just poorer because the sales tax comes right out of my retirement income. I think Government should provide necessities, not luxury.
Clete Purcell

Jasper, GA

#68 Oct 5, 2013
Canned there wrote:
<quoted text>
Why were there so many people there if no one cares?
Lots of people from all over the area, including NC, show up.
People love car shows.
Let's see. You don't like bike riders, car shows, horses, or much of anything else. I'm glad I'm not you.
me too
Lucy

Nicholasville, KY

#69 Oct 6, 2013
Clete Purcell wrote:
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I love this county too. I don't love it any more with a horse barn than I did 5 years ago without a horse barn, community center, farmers market and Reese Memorial. I am just poorer because the sales tax comes right out of my retirement income. I think Government should provide necessities, not luxury.
Awwwww. Bless your heart. You are such an old sourpuss, you give old people a bad name. Maybe you should quit making fun of other people's interests and get one of your own. Life is short. Are you going to spend the rest of yours complaining and looking down your nose at others.
Will

Commerce, GA

#70 Oct 6, 2013
Lucy wrote:
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Awwwww. Bless your heart. You are such an old sourpuss, you give old people a bad name. Maybe you should quit making fun of other people's interests and get one of your own. Life is short. Are you going to spend the rest of yours complaining and looking down your nose at others.
No . That is Lamar`s job . Why don`t you get a real job yourself ?
Clete Purcell

Jasper, GA

#71 Oct 6, 2013
Lucy wrote:
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Awwwww. Bless your heart. You are such an old sourpuss, you give old people a bad name. Maybe you should quit making fun of other people's interests and get one of your own. Life is short. Are you going to spend the rest of yours complaining and looking down your nose at others.
Thanks dear.
I have a great life and many friends and appreciate your advice anyway, but when something is not right, I like to stand up for right. If something is not safe, I want it safe, if public taxes are used for Political Payoff-I want it stopped, etc. I don't care if people like old cars, or horses but I don't want to pay taxes to support these things. It is not right for all to 'pay' for something that only a few want. Do people really like making someone else pay for their pleasures?
Bears Way

United States

#72 Oct 6, 2013
Katelin training on Landius this morning at barn. Bringing both up to Arena soon for show.
ellijay

Ellijay, GA

#73 Oct 6, 2013
Bears Way wrote:
Katelin training on Landius this morning at barn. Bringing both up to Arena soon for show.
At least it isn't a long haul from your house.
Lamar is the county AH

Commerce, GA

#74 Oct 6, 2013
You know when I first heard of the horse barn I thought Lamar was building a home for the county commissioner to live in. He being a horse's ass I thought that is what he meant. My mistake.
one eye open

Commerce, GA

#75 Oct 6, 2013
Posted Oct 4th 2013 @ 12:41PM
It's good to be king? Not always. According to allegation, Robert Rizzo, the former city administrator of Bell, Calif., could have been the king of swindling public sector employees not so long ago. Now? Rizzo just pleaded no contest to 69 counts in his corruption trial, according to a Los Angeles County District Attorney's office press release. And he's likely to get the "the longest prison term for public corruption" -- the judge says 10 to 12 years -- in the area since 2000.

Rizzo's plea was a surprise to everyone, including the DA, and came less than a week before a jury was to be chosen. The DA's office calls the move "an open plea" to the presiding judge and was not a negotiated settlement.

Rizzo was part of an alleged corruption ring that reportedly included his one-time deputy and co-defendant, former assistant city manager Angela Spaccia, according to the DA's statement. Her trial is scheduled to start on Monday. In addition, five former Bell elected officials -- including a mayor, vice-mayor, and three council members -- were already found guilty in March.

The ring was reportedly as brazen as it was large. The five former officials paid themselves salaries topping off at $100,000 a year in a city of 35,000 people, 25 percent of whom lived below the poverty line. An audit had found that the officials illegally raised local taxes and fees to fund their salaries.

They were pikers compared to what allegedly went on elsewhere. Rizzo's paycheck reportedly reached a $1.5 million peak in a year when he had 107 vacation days and 36 sick days. According to the DA's office, his salary before he resigned in July 2010 was just under what must have seemed in comparison a paltry $800,000. To put that into context, that's about double what the President of the United States makes.

According to television station KTLA, Rizzo was charged with a variety of schemes that cost the city millions of dollars, including writing his own employment contracts that never received City Council approval. Apparently, Rizzo is claiming that Spaccia was the real mastermind behind the fraud.

If only allegations of questionable practices stopped there, but they don't. Randy Adams, a former police chief of Bell, was ousted in 2010 amidst the larger pay scandal. He had been making $457,000 a year, not including benefits. Throw those in and the amount rose to total compensation of $770,046. Last year he sued the city for his severance pay, claiming that he was forced out -- no, really?-- and had never agreed to give up his severance. During the suit, he was drawing a $22,000 monthly pension.

Another official fired in 2010, city prosecutor Eric Eggena, received total compensation of $421,000, including a clause that required the city to pay his portion of FICA taxes and double accumulation of sick and vacation time. He wasn't criminally charged and, last year, decided to sue for back pay of $837,000: 18 months of severance in addition to 192 vacation days and 137 sick days.
recipient

Commerce, GA

#76 Oct 6, 2013
Clete Purcell wrote:
<quoted text>
I love this county too. I don't love it any more with a horse barn than I did 5 years ago without a horse barn, community center, farmers market and Reese Memorial. I am just poorer because the sales tax comes right out of my retirement income. I think Government should provide necessities, not luxury.
It'll pay for all that. But not a toothache. Funny.
just saying

Flemingsburg, KY

#77 Oct 6, 2013
one eye open wrote:
Posted Oct 4th 2013 @ 12:41PM
It's good to be king? Not always. According to allegation, Robert Rizzo, the former city administrator of Bell, Calif., could have been the king of swindling public sector employees not so long ago. Now? Rizzo just pleaded no contest to 69 counts in his corruption trial, according to a Los Angeles County District Attorney's office press release. And he's likely to get the "the longest prison term for public corruption" -- the judge says 10 to 12 years -- in the area since 2000.
Rizzo's plea was a surprise to everyone, including the DA, and came less than a week before a jury was to be chosen. The DA's office calls the move "an open plea" to the presiding judge and was not a negotiated settlement.
Rizzo was part of an alleged corruption ring that reportedly included his one-time deputy and co-defendant, former assistant city manager Angela Spaccia, according to the DA's statement. Her trial is scheduled to start on Monday. In addition, five former Bell elected officials -- including a mayor, vice-mayor, and three council members -- were already found guilty in March.
The ring was reportedly as brazen as it was large. The five former officials paid themselves salaries topping off at $100,000 a year in a city of 35,000 people, 25 percent of whom lived below the poverty line. An audit had found that the officials illegally raised local taxes and fees to fund their salaries.
They were pikers compared to what allegedly went on elsewhere. Rizzo's paycheck reportedly reached a $1.5 million peak in a year when he had 107 vacation days and 36 sick days. According to the DA's office, his salary before he resigned in July 2010 was just under what must have seemed in comparison a paltry $800,000. To put that into context, that's about double what the President of the United States makes.
According to television station KTLA, Rizzo was charged with a variety of schemes that cost the city millions of dollars, including writing his own employment contracts that never received City Council approval. Apparently, Rizzo is claiming that Spaccia was the real mastermind behind the fraud.
If only allegations of questionable practices stopped there, but they don't. Randy Adams, a former police chief of Bell, was ousted in 2010 amidst the larger pay scandal. He had been making $457,000 a year, not including benefits. Throw those in and the amount rose to total compensation of $770,046. Last year he sued the city for his severance pay, claiming that he was forced out -- no, really?-- and had never agreed to give up his severance. During the suit, he was drawing a $22,000 monthly pension.
Another official fired in 2010, city prosecutor Eric Eggena, received total compensation of $421,000, including a clause that required the city to pay his portion of FICA taxes and double accumulation of sick and vacation time. He wasn't criminally charged and, last year, decided to sue for back pay of $837,000: 18 months of severance in addition to 192 vacation days and 137 sick days.
I heard Lamar is making a larger salary than allowed by law. I guess he feels he deserves it for all the BS he feels he has to feed the tax payers each week to make himself look like the king of Union County. He feels he needs a salary to match his king status.
Oh my

Blairsville, GA

#78 Oct 7, 2013
Clete Purcell wrote:
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http://www.topix.com/forum/city/blairsville-g...
Bike riders are a safety hazard, and I don't like my tax money used for things that only a few taxpayers use. Why should everyone pay for a few, a liberal idea. I like lot of things, and I am very very happy, thank you for caring.
..........
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/blairsville-g...
I love this county too. I don't love it any more with a horse barn than I did 5 years ago without a horse barn, community center, farmers market and Reese Memorial. I am just poorer because the sales tax comes right out of my retirement income. I think Government should provide necessities, not luxury.
Yep, there's seven ball fields at Meeks Park that are only used seasonally, yet we must pay for their up-keep all year round. These ball fields only benefit a select few, yet everyone is paying for them. This is the essence of liberal tyranny !!!!!
He He

Commerce, GA

#79 Oct 7, 2013
Oh my wrote:
<quoted text>
Yep, there's seven ball fields at Meeks Park that are only used seasonally, yet we must pay for their up-keep all year round. These ball fields only benefit a select few, yet everyone is paying for them. This is the essence of liberal tyranny !!!!!
You tell them Lamar. I'm so mad I can't.
Oh my

Blairsville, GA

#80 Oct 7, 2013
just saying wrote:
<quoted text>
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/blairsville-g...
I heard Lamar is making a larger salary than allowed by law. I guess he feels he deserves it for all the BS he feels he has to feed the tax payers each week to make himself look like the king of Union County. He feels he needs a salary to match his king status.
Heck, I heard someone claim they saw him walking on water to justify his kingship, there's just no telling what some folks will claim.
doubt it II

Commerce, GA

#82 Oct 7, 2013
Thank you for your question regarding Union County's Wage and Salary Survey.
Union County is one of few governments with a Sole Commissioner, and thus enters
the Sole Commissioner's salary in a separate box on the survey form. The salary
was reported as $97,278 for 2012 (and shows the same figure on their 2013
report). For your review, I have attached a pdf document displaying the survey
data that Union County reported for 2012.

If I can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me again.

Jonathan Sharpe
Manager, Office of Research and Surveys
Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

jonathan.sharpe@dca.ga.gov

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