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Powder Springs' $103,445 Question

The mayor and council must make a concerted effort to get things going with the Develop Authority of Powder Springs.

Dear Readers:

Back when there was a popular quiz program on TV "The $64,000 Question". That was lots of money back then and many of us could put it to good use today.

Several columns back I wrote "". That was the amount of money that I was told existed in the DAPS account. For more information on DAPS please read the column.

Then a Council Member, Chris Wizner claiming that , no, the amount is really $91,000! So I tried to get a hold of the Mayor and ask her the amount but she did not respond to two calls.

I then e-mailed Interim City Manager Hulsey and ask him. He promptly sent back a note saying that the actual amount is $103,445. So I was incorrect but then I would think that a sitting City Council member would have had a better handle on this.

I responded to some more of his comments at the June 18 City Council meeting "". Its no use going over all of his comments, you can simply go to the above articles and if you think that they need a response I will do so. For right now, the DAPS is still the issue.

Mr. Hulsey pointed out the problems that they have with this and it mainly comes down to appointing several more members so that they can do business. It is true that to have voting members they must reside in the City limits but non residents can be non-voting members. The current two "members" should be removed at once since they never did anything for 10 years!

Once appointed the members must have some guidance. No one is going to get into trouble for doing so. If so, I and all members of the Council 11 years ago would have been in trouble. And that seems to be the problem here.

The Mayor and Council must make a concerted effort and work out a plan that they can offer the new members. I really don't understand what the hold up is. The City does not have the funds for economic development yet an existing Committee has $103,445 that could be put to good use.

I believe  that having non-citizen business owners could act as a "kitchen cabinet" which is what several Presidents did over the years. These could be advisers to the Mayor and Council to help them with thorny problems. And, why not? The City cannot afford, even with the DAPS money to have qualified folks who can offer advice.

Elsewhere, "Ole Pete" brought up a question as to what would happen when the DAPS money runs out? I don't know perhaps the City can find some small amount from a grant or such or maybe the money situation will improve. But in the meantime, this is the only thing going.
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Another matter. I called the Attorney General's Office this week to ask about the Mayor's assertion that she can have meetings with two members only without violating the intent of the Open Meetings Law. I was told no you can't.

Perhaps she should get a written opinion on this before going through with such actions. Besides, what is the use of such? Agenda meetings are there so that all members here matters at the same time and can offer their own opinions.

Thanks for reading,

Tom Bevirt

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Chase June 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Mr. Bevirt is not going away. Mr. Rodgers. What makes you think that Mr. Bevirt is doing this so he can get his council seat back? He has a much more effective platform now than he did while serving on Council. I think all this financial stuff that is coming to light can be traced back to Vaughn's Incompententcy while serving as city manager as well as the dysfunctional relationship she had at the with council members at the time. Now, if we can get Tom to come clean on why he pushed and voted for a retirement increase on his last day in office, something he's never addressed, I for one would be a much happier camper.
Chris Wizner June 23, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Thank you for the recent lesson on the First Amendment, now for a lesson of my own-He Who Lives in a Glass House Shouldn't Throw Stones. Yes Tom- please write an article addressing why you made the motion and then voted yourself a nice retirement raise on your last meeting in office, costing the City more money while knowing the City’s budget is getting harder and harder to manage due to the recent recession . Then to decide to devote your life to “a redress of grievances” and exposing presumed issues and conspiracies in the same City government system financially supporting you in your nice increased retirement. The Citizen’s want to know, explain yourself. And while at it explain why almost every time a city official answers your calls or Emails you that you report the conversation or send copies of the Email to Patch and the AJC, and at times call other Council members with childish- he said, she said games, trying to cause conflict and strife. This abuse of your First Amendment Right could be the reason some Officials prefer not to talk to you.
Jillian Trump June 25, 2012 at 03:11 PM
If you want Mr. Bevirt to go away, why not just be truthful, step up and answer his questions? Can any of you be honest? Is this task too difficult?
Dwayne June 27, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Mr Bevirt may be suffering from post electoral defeat stress disorder, a condition characterized by an obsessive preoccupation with the activities of those still in office. Fortunately, public ennui ordinarily limits the spread of this condition.
Pierce June 29, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Gee, "Jillian", you sure do look a lot like that Disney actress Chelsea Kane. Were you two identical twins separated at birth, or did you just pirate her identity? Is Jillian your real name, or did you make that up too? Bye now.

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