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HOGANSVIIJ.,E HOME NEWS - MARCH 9, 2000 - PAGE 5 s the Council Running or Ruining Our City? Litor: that each member for :uncil has meritorious it!sties; however, there ions being made and that are not t with the standards of govern- their affinity fs debt with- for how or paying the bill. As a last two city council 3f this com- endowed with $800,000 in debt. almost $4000 for citizens to pay. I won- the council ever where this money They continue to of us with the addi- without any other than Lg increase our utility taxes. It appears that ill "run- the developers of the )ment. That added a great books to the spreading the cost of ,Y the city and the utili- households. if we are consid- ering taking on additional debt, our first and foremost concern is where the money is coming from to repay. The age old standard of capitalism requires that if you increase cost, then sales must be increased by a like amount, plus profit, or the result will be disas- trous. If the council is enlight- ened enough to assume this debt on our behalf, they need to become our best and foremost salespersons. They should make an effort to bring new quality developments to help pay for these improvements and avert the continual cannibalization of our citizens, many of whom ar elderly and on small fixed incomes. IT APPEARS that certain members of the council are more concerned with their ability to control and run the city or maybe that should be ruin the city than they are with being concerned about those issues which can make us a vibrant and viable city. A good example of thus boondog- gling occurred in last week's meeting when Randy Harris was nominated and appointed to the position on the planning commis- sion. No one gave a moment's con- sideration to the existing list of ::V. i " :::.. ':i :" competent persons who had been nominated previously. Mr. Harris was not even on this list. However, at this meeting, he was duly appointed without consideration for the best interest of the city and those previously nominated. Did none of the councilpersons consider a conflict of interest in this appointment? After all, Mrs. Harris sits on the city council, and now her husband makes rec- ommendarions to that council on issues that will direct the course of the city's future. WHILE ON THE TOPIC of conflict of interest, in my last let- ter, I raised the question, would it have been prudent for the city fathers to ask the city attorney (prior to being influenced by his advice on this issue) if he repre- sented the landowner(Mrs. Weaver) on any of her business affairs? I have recently learned the city manager was instructed by the Mayor to pose this ques- tion to the city attorney prior to the vote. The city attorney, I am Informed, replied that he did not represent Mrs. Weaver. He made this statement after having advised the Mayor and Council that if they did not grant Mrs. Weaver the "truck stop" zoning request, the city would be ensnarled in an expensive legal battle which they would not win. We later learn that he is the legal agent of record for a corpo- ration which she controls (United Investment Inc.). In addition, Senator Lee dealt with the state DOT on her behalf to ensure cer- tain curb cuts on GA 54 and closed real estate transaction. I do not know how the rest of you feel about such, but I consider the Senator's alliance with Mrs Weaver ( who was making mil- lions with significant long term consequences for our citizens) while influencing the council regarding the zoning of her prop- erty serious business. If he was untruthful regard- ing his representation, I did not understand why the council has been without a response. In addi- tion, a letter from Steve Salenger to the city was revealed which causes me additional concern. It appears Salenger was also repre- sented by the city attorney; how- ever, Salenger acknowledged the conflict of interest and request- ed the Senator be reposed in zon- ings of business he had with the city, Obviously one can only assume from the apathetic response to these situations, the members of the council believe this type of conduct is acceptable. I AM WITH great aspirations that the city fathers will wake up and consider the longtime com- plications their actions, or failure to act, have on the ultimate via- bility of Hogansville. An oppor- tunity to "do good" for our citi- zens is available. Instead of bid- ding off a three acres improved public property on Johnson Street, which will only prove to be a "great giveaway", let us uti- lize this property as a playground for the benefit of all those living in the Village. There are a great many children living in this area who are without a playground facility. It would seem a better use of this property would be to encourage support fir the rede- velopment if the property as a recreational park facility. I believe the volunteer support could be mustered. The good peo- ple of Newnan took a piece of city property and made it a beautiful park, and this was achieved by a group of interested citizen volun- teers. A sale would only prove to be another boondoggle. The high cash bid offered for this proper- ty was $33,000, yet it is complete- ly surrounded by road front and has all utilities. The existing pool facility and tennis court would cost a great deal more that $33,0000 to construct. It is outra- geous that one masked bid pre- sented a plan where the city was to receive only $2,000 cash. Their offer included using part of the property in their own private development and then creating a park on the balance of the prop- erty. They agreed to return the park portion to the city in exchange fir a considerable tax write off. I understand the coun- cil was favorable considering the proposal, but fortunately they- demonstrated some degree of competence in rejecting all bids. I am with great anticipation as to how this will ultimately turn out for the public. Respectfully, Brian Christner 's Have the Facts, Please published article in his West to which I would n opportunity to form in The Home News. This is your corn- the article. Hohmann: ed by the arti- in your 1. It was clearly intent was not to Impede our zoning assassina- did not have the please your facts I realize innu- a much bet- Your purpose - the facts. First, AY , INC. ;amry , Auto, Very 1,995. 00 Wrangler s9. Wrangler BIG Tires, 995. 00 '97 Lexus & LS400 Choose from Motors Stephen Selinger and C.H, Butcher have absolutely no busi- ness relationship in the property owned by Canton Partners. There was no 72 acre tract purchased on Lone Oak Road. The partner- ship certainly did not pay $1.87 million for 44 acres. As clearly shown in the records at the Troup County courthouse, which you did not take the time to ascertain, $1.87 million was paid for 309 acres of land fronting on Blue Creek Road and 1-85. The part- nership is C.H. Butcher, Donnie Fisher and I have a vested inter- est. Mr. Fisher is a successful Colorado businessman who recently sold his cable company to ATT for several hundred mil- lion dollars.. Mr. Fisher has known and done business with Mr. Butcher for several decades. If you would read a "real newspaper", you would have dis- covered Mr. Butcher made his last installment of 350,000, com- pletely satisfying his debt to the government. Your allegation that he is $80 million in debt is indica- tive of your opportunity to ignore the facts whenever the facts do not serve your purpose. His wife, Sheryl Moreland Butcher, is wealthy in her own right, having been very successful in her busi- ness career, and is a very devot- ed wife and business partner to Mr. Butcher. I was introduced to Mr. Butcher by an officer at Regions Bank. Regions was doing a good deal of business with Mr. and Mrs. Butcher and is very happy with the relationship. And yes, I am pleased to say that I introduced Mr. and Mrs. Butcher, among others, to Hogansville. As a result of this introduction, we are now partners in a residential subdivision in Hogansville which I believe will set a new standard of quality developments within the West Georgia area. All utilities are being placed underground. I have met with cable and internee serv- ice providers endeavoring to make this community one of the first of its kind., all homes being wired with DSL category S cable for high speed transmissions of various communication and entertainment devices. A swim and tennis club facil- ity will be constructed in,Phase II of The Villages of Hunteliff. You have seen our entrance mon- ument and must agree that it is a tasteful enhancement to the proj- ect and the area. By the way, your comment to Mr. Bill Johnson, the i brick mason who is building the monument, is indicative of the depth of your shallowness. I believe that you insinuated that he may have trouble being paid for his work while on my job. He was quick to inform you that he had worked for me over seven years and had never failed to receive his paycheck on Friday. He indicated that you were an arrogant trouble maker who achieved great satisfaction in malicious commentary. In that assessment, I would certainly agree. As to your comments regard- ing myself, I sent my license back to the commission before January first when I was due to have com- pleted 30 hours of continued edu- cation, together with other responsibilities which impeded my interest in several develop- ments in which I am a principal. The compliant which you refer was initiated by Stephen Wilson. I designed and built the buildings at Hummingbird Station for Mr. Wilson, however I was never paid for my efforts. It is public record that they borrowed $3,200,000.00 on this project, which I delivered to them for $1,800,000.00. I acknowledged the actual cost to the bank, and he, thereafter, filed a frivolous compliant with the real estate commission against me. I often wonder on what infor- marion and documentation did the bank justify such overborrowing. Though I was not compensated for my year long commitment to this development, I am proud of this project, as the buildings are attractive and contribute to the aesthetic standards in Hogansville. I suspect that your motivation to write such an article may have come from your desire to satisfy your landlord who was recently sued by Mr. Selinger, and has recently stated that he was not in favor of the billboards, though the city approved five for him without even a peep from you. You serve him well, but then again, he could stop paying your rent for you. There is no doubt that you and I have an immense disliking for one another, and this was certainly a convenient oppor- tunity to throw a barb at me. You stated in your article that I "was not available for comment." It is difficult to be available when you never called me or attempted to get at all the facts. But then, the facts did not serve your purpose. It is my opinion that your rag con- Community Action For Improeement, Inc. is seeking to fill positions in COWETA, MERIwETHER, a,id IIARRIS coumies for FAMILY sERVICE WORKERS and CENTER MANAGER. The Family Srvice worker will be u,uter the immediate supervision of the Center Manager who reports directly to the Family and Community partnersh Mmmger. The FAMILY SERVICE WORKER will be responzible far working with the Health Specialist mul Parent Involvement Specialist in securing services for the children amt their families. This positio, is scheduled to work 12 months a year. An Associe degree in Social Work or other related field with 3 years ejerience is required. A Bachelor degree in SoeiM Work with 2 yc's please management is desired. The cENTER MANAGER will be responsible for nmnaging the daily operation of the Head Start Center. This position is scheduled to work 12 months a yecw. A CDA certifinate with 3 years experi. ence in a pre-school environment ap d 2 years supervisory experionce or ot Associate degree in Early Childhood Education or Business reinted field wish2 years eperience in a preschool environment is desired. Must be willing to obtain amt maintain a CDL within six months, valid first aide/CPR cer- tifwe (adult, infant, child). Candidates must possess strong verba organizional and interpersonal skills. Must be willing to travel overnight, work late nights and some weekends. Must maintain a valid driver's license, have own tramportation with current bsurance and be ab to obtain a amual physwa mid tuberculin test. Must successfully pass a drug screen, crimin records and reference check. Be able to lift up to 50 bs., i.e., children, supplies, equmeng ac. Salary comntensnrale with experience and education. llf ou would lilw to opply for this position, please send resume to Communily Action For Y_.ovement Inc. P.O. Box 13, LaGran&e, GA30241, At,n: Human Resources Director. or fill out an application a the Hd Stavt Center m yonr conmumty. tinues to attempt to bring out the worst on our community. Very seldom have I heard about a pos- itive article headlined in your paper, of course, I admit that I do not read the Beacon nor the National Enquirer. You find great- est satisfaction in this type of destructive sensationalism with- out regard for the injury you inflict. There is a lot of great things happening in Hogansville, why do you ignore those positive events; probably because respon- sible reporting does not feed your monumental ego, as having the power to inflict damage does. Have you considered that it is because of your type of journal- ism (ff one can call it journalism) that you have been struggling and unsuccessful in being able to sell your newspaper. However, in this endeavor, I wish you the best of luck in finding a purchaser. Mr. Hohmann, you continue to hold yourself out as a person of strong Christian values. Ten years ago, I had a bookkeeper, Amelia Santos, who kept a Bible on her desk, and like you contin- uously reminded all that she was a Christian. We later learned that over a three year period of time, she had embezzled over $478,000.00 from my company and was convicted in Cobb Superior Court in 1992. People like yourself and Mrs. Santos do a great disservice to those who practice their religion. It is clear that your article had but one purpose and that was to portray me as some sinister per- son who was being ill to Hogansville. During the time that myself and my family have resided here, I have taken great pride in the restoration projects that I have completed and the new developments for which I have been responsible. I am truly sad- dened that you would make so lit- tle of the accomplishments for which I labored so diligently. Announcement Dr. Lucian Cousins has relocated his medical practice to 303 Medical Park, Suite 403, LaGrange, GA (706) 884-1175 Cardiovascular Diseases, Cardiovascular Diagnostic Laboratory and Internal Medicine A.Lucian Cousins, M.D.,LLC HAVE YOU BEEN DENIED AUTO LOANS DUE TO YOUR PAST CREDIT HISTORY??? Use your W2 or last pay stub of 1999 as your down payment. 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