Sell BRASSTOWN VALLEY RESORT

Sell BRASSTOWN VALLEY RESORT

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Taxpayer

Perry, GA

#1 Sep 10, 2010
Georgia should sell taxpayer-owned Brasstown Valley Resort at Young Harris. The AJC’s Sunday story about a former state employee’s unchecked spending while managing a modest spa project, the cost of which jumped 434 percent to $2.6 million, is enough to make taxpayers’ blood boil. Example: The now-fired employee, Michele D. Bonner, while overseeing the renovation as acting director of the North Georgia Mountain Authority, dined 59 times over 15 months with a consultant, enjoying a 150-year-old liqueur purchased just for them. It costs $37 per glass. Total cost for the 59 meals: $9,892. Two points: 1) government should not tote suitcases and operate resorts and 2) regional government entities and development authorities lack public scrutiny and accountability. They’ll always be magnets for the kinds of dealings expected when the unsupervised are spending free money.
Stay here

Perry, GA

#2 Sep 10, 2010
Georgia taxpayers can rent Brasstown’s Equani Spa’s 825-square-foot,$294,000 “private accommodation suite” with a roof deck, a vaulted ceiling, a wet bar, Wi-Fi Internet access and a kitchenette with granite counter tops. It has a “Jacuzzi tub for two opening to a 46-inch flat screen TV and fireplace, a spacious ‘Experience Shower’ providing a full-sensory experience with double-drench shower heads, steam, aroma therapy, LED lights and marine speakers with 12-head Swiss shower bars,” according to the resort’s Web site.
It typically rents for $350 a night.

http://www.ajc.com/news/government-waste/unch...
Reb

Cleveland, GA

#3 Sep 10, 2010
Stay here wrote:
Georgia taxpayers can rent Brasstown’s Equani Spa’s 825-square-foot,$294,000 “private accommodation suite” with a roof deck, a vaulted ceiling, a wet bar, Wi-Fi Internet access and a kitchenette with granite counter tops. It has a “Jacuzzi tub for two opening to a 46-inch flat screen TV and fireplace, a spacious ‘Experience Shower’ providing a full-sensory experience with double-drench shower heads, steam, aroma therapy, LED lights and marine speakers with 12-head Swiss shower bars,” according to the resort’s Web site.
It typically rents for $350 a night.
http://www.ajc.com/news/government-waste/unch...
In this economy the taxpayer can't rent a tent site at Vogel.
The Undertaker

Dahlonega, GA

#4 Sep 10, 2010
My favorite park of this fine example of "our government at work" is where the board members of the North Georgia Mountain Authority, which oversees Brasstown Valley Resort, did not hold regular meetings during much of this debacle or apparently provide any financial oversight.

My question here, who are these board members, and if they are still members of this board, shouldn't they be replaced? It certainly seems to me that the entire reason to have a board of directors is to "direct" what goes on.
Jacky

Dawsonville, GA

#5 Jan 12, 2014
Take a look
yee ha taxpayers

Canton, GA

#6 Jan 12, 2014
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-govt-polit...

According to the reports, between January 2008 and March 2009:

● Bonner spent $1,954,483 from Brasstown Valley Resort’s capital reserve account, another $20,127 from Brasstown’s operating account and $664,796 from Mountains Authority revenues, which is the account that should have funded the original $501,000 project.

● Bonner ordered the resort to buy a 150-year-old bottle of Grand Marnier, and she and Langdon shared the liqueur over dinner. It cost $168.50. And, so far, the resort has had only three other orders for it, selling it at $37 a glass.

● Langdon’s company was paid $895,798 “related to spa construction,” work he apparently wasn’t under contract to perform, plus $50,000 worth of contracted work. His company appeared to be acting as purchasing agent for the spa, in a “circumvention of [Mountains Authority] controls.” The authority had already contracted with a management company to perform some of the services for which Langdon’s company was paid.

● In numerous instances, Langdon marked up the costs of items, including soap and shampoo, pottery for sale in the resort shop and hand-carved doors, often by 50 to 75 percent. The audit report identified mark-ups totaling $67,459 over “open market” prices.

And at the first Mountains Authority board meeting after Bonner was fired, chairman Tom Wheeler was told by staff that the agency’s fund balance would close the 2009 fiscal year with a $2.4 million deficit, according minutes of the meeting.

DNR Commissioner Clark said the financial mess may take years to sort out.

“We can’t let that ever happen again,” Clark said.“We will not ever have this all powerful CFO again.”
Jacky

Dawsonville, GA

#7 Jan 12, 2014
Sounds like Ms.Bonner is well connected. I bet she is kin to a powerful Georgia politician?
yee ha taxpayers wrote:
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/l ocal-govt-politics/unchecked-s taffer-let-funds-flow-on/nQg9d /
According to the reports, between January 2008 and March 2009:
● Bonner spent $1,954,483 from Brasstown Valley Resort’s capital reserve account, another $20,127 from Brasstown’s operating account and $664,796 from Mountains Authority revenues, which is the account that should have funded the original $501,000 project.
● Bonner ordered the resort to buy a 150-year-old bottle of Grand Marnier, and she and Langdon shared the liqueur over dinner. It cost $168.50. And, so far, the resort has had only three other orders for it, selling it at $37 a glass.
● Langdon’s company was paid $895,798 “related to spa construction,” work he apparently wasn’t under contract to perform, plus $50,000 worth of contracted work. His company appeared to be acting as purchasing agent for the spa, in a “circumvention of [Mountains Authority] controls.” The authority had already contracted with a management company to perform some of the services for which Langdon’s company was paid.
● In numerous instances, Langdon marked up the costs of items, including soap and shampoo, pottery for sale in the resort shop and hand-carved doors, often by 50 to 75 percent. The audit report identified mark-ups totaling $67,459 over “open market” prices.
And at the first Mountains Authority board meeting after Bonner was fired, chairman Tom Wheeler was told by staff that the agency’s fund balance would close the 2009 fiscal year with a $2.4 million deficit, according minutes of the meeting.
DNR Commissioner Clark said the financial mess may take years to sort out.
“We can’t let that ever happen again,” Clark said.“We will not ever have this all powerful CFO again.”
Rich Golfer

Murphy, NC

#8 Jan 12, 2014
Sure close it down because topix people don't like the expense. Laughing.

Sorry to tell you that the place is busy all the time and people love the golf course, the food, and the lodging -- not to mention it is used for weddings, club meetings, community organization events, and the list goes on.
Rich Golfer

Murphy, NC

#9 Jan 12, 2014
Wouldn't affect the local economy at all. Brasstown doesn't have any employees who depend on the income or would it? Think about it.
Dam

Birmingham, AL

#10 Jan 12, 2014
Rich Golfer wrote:
Wouldn't affect the local economy at all. Brasstown doesn't have any employees who depend on the income or would it? Think about it.
Geez. That would require topix battle axes to think critically. We can't have that.
Rich Golfer

Murphy, NC

#12 Jan 12, 2014
1ACOG wrote:
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What do you care!
People are losing jobs everyday and the down hill spiral takes affect. Once people lose their jobs, then their homes, then their cars. They then go into the system to help them out.
All you do is cut people down that this happens to. You forget in your daily post that this is happening everyday to people all around us. Why should you care what happens to the employees working at Brasstown unless you know someone working there.
You are a selfish lowlife that only cares about yourself.
Oh, lighten up, woman. I care about Lamar. Don't you? LMAO
Even Better

Maysville, GA

#13 Jan 13, 2014
They should investigate the allegations that Native American grave sites as well as other relics were hidden from the public as to keep the project from being sidelined.

That resort and everything on it belongs to the Cherokee people if that is true. According to everyone I know who worked there on the construction ,that is exactly the truth...Until we get an investigation we will never know.
Troll Man

Blairsville, GA

#15 Jan 13, 2014
1ACOG wrote:
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I pray every night to forgive those that trespass against us.
We all know you care about Lamar you don't have to remind us.
We also know you don't care about the everyday hard working people trying to make ends met. The people that make this world go round and we depend on each and everyday are mostly the ones that make minimum wages or not much more than that. Those jobs don't come with benefits. We should be thankful for these people. We should be proud to be able to help the needy and disabled. If you could lower your nose, you might see that Union County is made up of these wonderful people.Your life might not always be as cushy as you make out because every thing can be taken away from you in just a moment. It could be a natural disaster or your health. These things people have no control over. Not even you.
Pray For Union County and Our Nation!
Do you pray every night for the many people, businesses and organizations which you and your organization have libeled and slandered? Or does "The Mountain" give you a pass on that?
good one

Dahlonega, GA

#16 Jan 13, 2014
Troll Man wrote:
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Do you pray every night for the many people, businesses and organizations which you and your organization have libeled and slandered? Or does "The Mountain" give you a pass on that?
libel and slander is when it's not true
Rich Golfer

Murphy, NC

#17 Jan 13, 2014
1ACOG wrote:
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I pray every night to forgive those that trespass against us.
We all know you care about Lamar you don't have to remind us.
We also know you don't care about the everyday hard working people trying to make ends met. The people that make this world go round and we depend on each and everyday are mostly the ones that make minimum wages or not much more than that. Those jobs don't come with benefits. We should be thankful for these people. We should be proud to be able to help the needy and disabled. If you could lower your nose, you might see that Union County is made up of these wonderful people.Your life might not always be as cushy as you make out because every thing can be taken away from you in just a moment. It could be a natural disaster or your health. These things people have no control over. Not even you.
Pray For Union County and Our Nation!
I almost cried.

What do you do to help those poor people - do you give them work? Do advocate for foster kids with CASA? Do you donate and volunteer your time? How about the food bank? If you think your witch hunt is helping people, you have another thing coming.

Your assumptions are about as bad as your accusations against those who work for the county.
Rich Golfer

Murphy, NC

#18 Jan 13, 2014
BRASSTOWN stays open. It isn't going to close any time soon.
f em and forget em

Canton, GA

#19 Jan 13, 2014
(Under her direction the project routed $1 million for “consultant” work to a man named Dean Langdon, who was also Bonner’s dinner companion on the taxpayer’s dime, on 59 occasions. The auditors found the pair ran up their tab with orders of lobster and Grand Marnier.) As expected, there was outrage when the auditor’s report came out in April 2010, and was used in an exposé in the Atlanta Journal Constitution that June.

Despite the auditor’s detailed findings, Bonner’s only punishment to date has been the loss of her job. According to an e-mail response from the Georgia Attorney General’s Office, the matter of Bonner’s wild spending is still, some 20 months later, being looked into by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
you suck

Atlanta, GA

#20 Jan 13, 2014
Even Better wrote:
That resort and everything on it belongs to the Cherokee people if that is true.
well hell, every home in that area belongs to the Cherokee then. They were there long before us white people. you can go out into the woods and dig in any space and find some old Cherokee trinket. It used to be a sport up here until the Forestry department started telling people it was illegal or something and that they could be punished by the Feds. Stupid feds think everything belongs to them and that if they didn't say it is OK then it must be illegal. People in Europe can't dig a hole to piss in without disturbing bones and ancient places buried under the dirt.
that is right

Blairsville, GA

#21 Jan 14, 2014
Rich Golfer wrote:
BRASSTOWN stays open. It isn't going to close any time soon.
Can't close what many oldtimers around here call "Zell Miller's golf course."
good one

Dahlonega, GA

#22 Jan 14, 2014
you suck wrote:
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well hell, every home in that area belongs to the Cherokee then. They were there long before us white people. you can go out into the woods and dig in any space and find some old Cherokee trinket. It used to be a sport up here until the Forestry department started telling people it was illegal or something and that they could be punished by the Feds. Stupid feds think everything belongs to them and that if they didn't say it is OK then it must be illegal. People in Europe can't dig a hole to piss in without disturbing bones and ancient places buried under the dirt.
oh no...don't give these folks any ideas. they love to spend the taxpayers money by finding ways to bring in visitor. they will find a ancestor and we will have a casino there before you know it.

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