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Post by Nydia Tisdale » April 20th, 2012, 11:15 am

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Logical1: April 19, 2012 7:48 p.m.
While I think the city would do well to get rid of Gravitt, I do wish this busybody would stay down in Roswell where she lives.


MarkStephens: April 19, 2012 8:24 p.m.
That woman sure seems to be a bit touched in the head. If she lived here I would understand her interest but what is her game? Someone has to be paying her to be here.


Deborah_Tatum_Storey: April 19, 2012 9:09 p.m.
I am very glad that Nydia Tisdale devotes her time to promoting open and transparent compliance in our local government. Mark Stephens, if that is really your name and anonymous Logical1 I ask why do you care. Usually when someone makes an effort to conceal their identity it is because they have something to hide. Well, I guess that answers why you two have a problem with Nydia. There are many of us who support Nydia and she is not going away.


forsyth_taxpayer: April 19, 2012 9:30 p.m.
Perfect example of an out of control police state right here in Forsyth County. Government has no problem videotaping us and grabbing our privates at the airport but they sure don't like to be videotaped. This is another example of why it is so important to fully vet all candidates for office before voting and that especially includes law enforcement.


lakeman1: April 19, 2012 11:05 p.m.
Nothing wrong at all about Ms.Tisdale exercising her rights. I have no problem with her being from Fulton County but active in keeping public meetings above board in Cumming/Forsyth.


billevelyn: April 20, 2012 6:31 a.m.
I think its hilarious that the corrupt politicians in Forsyth and Cumming are kept in a state of anxiety over a petite young woman simply attending and recording public meetings. She is allowed to do it and she manages to put the dummies in a corner. Simply hilarious!


MADJAX: April 20, 2012 9:18 a.m.
It is clearly time-overdue for the City of Cumming to join the 21st Century with leadership more in-touch with both "Today" and "Tomorrow", as in light ("Sunshine" ; ) of the Good Mayors Faux-Pas, the People of the City of Cumming should respectfully ask him to step-down, and do-so in the most honorable way possible:

By acknowledgement of the success of his tenure, sincerely admit "Times have changed..." for it, and then do what is truely best for the future of the entirety of Forsyth County...Retire to spend-out the Golden Years of His remarkable life with His Family, etc., while remaining no-less the "Concerned Citizen" He has truely ever been.


weisser59: April 20, 2012 9:21 a.m.
The bad thing is that the State AG will find City of Cumming was in the wrong and place a find on them. The people of City of Cumming will have to pay it not the Mayor H. Ford Gravitt (He knows what he was doing!). A small slap on the hand!


billevelyn: April 20, 2012 9:29 a.m.
logical1 and Mark Stephens - The issue has nothing to do with where Ms. Tisdale resides. The issue is simply that Mayor Gravitt violated Georgia statute. Why would you try to obfuscate the real issue?


MarkStephens: April 20, 2012 9:38 a.m.
Ms. Storey, if that's YOUR real name, it looks like you are a Cindy Mills supporter. Based on Ms. Mills Facebook group, the forum and other random posts it is evident that the Odd Squad (made up this Tisdale lady, David Milum and Brant Meadows) are fully on her team. So I guess that puts you on the Odd Squad too. LOL It's okay though, there is a common thread. You guys try to link everything to evil corruption and covert operatives as you promote your candidate. Do you have little green men that come in from Mars and help you guys?

Either you are just not too good at reading comprehension, you like to put words in folks mouth or you just don't like the truth. I did not say it was wrong for Tisdale to video meetings. What I did say is I wonder what her interest in Forsyth County might be? She spends a lot of time and money on a community that is not her home.

Based on her ignoring the antics of some, somebody has got to be paying her to disrupt and promote some agenda. This is based on who she and the Odd Squad attack as you guys are not consistent.


Jolly_Roger: April 20, 2012 9:52 a.m.
The City makes a silly strawman argument, “What if everybody wanted to have a tripod and a camera there?”

Find a solution: Have Comcast record the meetings and make them accessible to anyone that wants them online. Problem solved.


Deborah_Tatum_Storey: April 20, 2012 10:13 a.m.
Mark Stephens, and you know that is not your real name. Many Patrick Bell supporters are covert. That is such a shame and must be really tiresome for you to keep your true identity secret. We all know that Patrick Bell has had a longstanding disdain for Ms. Tisdale. Patrick Bell has also challenged the Attorney General as well. But again, that speaks volumes for Mr. Bell's disrespect for open and transparent government proceedings. It further supports the tremendous desire of the voting residents of Dist. 4 to remove him from office.

Ms. Tisdale did not disrupt anyone; she was merely and lawfully exercising a right to attend and video an open to the public meeting. Let me also remind you that we have a tremendous number of county employees who do not live in Forsyth County. Does that make them unwelcome to exercise their rights in Forsyth County? Citizens can take their rights with them no matter where they are or where they live.

I support Ms. Tisdale. I want to know what is going on inside our government. We must have honesty, integrity and transparency in our government. Don't you agree that if no one has anything to hide then they should not care if they are publicized while conducting public business they were elected to perform? And, by the way, I am not a member of the Odd Squad.


kanthony1: April 20, 2012 10:25 a.m.
That is a solution good for everyone Mr. Jolly Roger. Have a "pool" camera that can't be shut done at will during a public meeting.


MarkStephens: April 20, 2012 10:45 a.m.
Ms. Storey, why would you think that this is not my real name? Is this an attempt to discredit what I say because it differs from your opinion? To me you appear to be a conspiracy nut with your covert operative innuendo! Does someone need to call the men with the pretty white coat to come take you for a ride?

Again I ask, is it reading comprehension that you struggle with? Maybe it's an attempt to deflect from the real question because you cannot answer. The Odd Squad, including Tisdale, appear to be very selective when making transparency available. They also are very selective in who they critique. Tisdale has no interests in Forsyth County, so what is her motivation? It appears purely political and has nothing to do with transparency.

We must have honesty and integrity in everything we do. It does not matter if it is government, activism or personal lives. It is quite sad that it does not appear to me those values are present with the group you run with. Yes, you are an honorary member of the Odd Squad.


TTaylor: April 20, 2012 10:52 a.m.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK NYDIA TISDALE!
I agree and support what she is doing. Government has run wild for too long.


Deborah_Tatum_Storey: April 20, 2012 11:29 a.m.
Mark Stephens, this is my last post directed to you on this matter. I would like to debate with you elsewhere so that we are not limited to this topic. You accuse Ms. Tisdale of being selective with her video taping and reporting. Although she may edit certain segments of her videos that are applicable to a certain topic, her videos are available to everyone in their entirety. With so much support and encouragement, Ms. Tisdale is now video recording all the County proceedings that are open to the public. Thanks to our esteemed legal counsel, Ken Jarrard and Ms. Tisdale, the County Commissioners and staff are more educated on the Georgia Sunshine Laws that uphold the 1st Amendment.

How do you associate me with being a member of the Odd Squad? I have posted once anonymously on aboutforsyth.com since Ms. Tisdale took ownership. I had second thoughts and asked Ms. Tisdale to change my identity to my real name and she promptly complied with my request.

Mr. Stephens, we each have the right to support whomever we choose. This election cycle will probably become very heated from time to time. I am assuming that you are a resident of Dist. 4 but we do not have to be disrespectful to each other just because we support different candidates. I also wish to apologize if I have incorrectly accused that you are hiding your true identity.

I, for one, would never question or impede another's 1st Amendment right.


kfawcett: April 20, 2012 11:30 a.m.
Scrutiny is hardly the word to describe what a lot of us are feeling about this incident. Good job to Nydia Tisdale! and Please, Gravitt, can you not come up with a better excuse than the "What if everyone wanted to have a tripod and camera there"!?! What???? Were you being over-run with camera's? or Was it, you just didn't feel like allowing it that day? Stop making up the rules as you go and start following them as they truly are!


weisser59: April 20, 2012 11:46 a.m.
Did the Cumming Chief of Police swear to up hold the Laws of Georgia? Not to jump when the Mayor tells him to do.


csm697: April 20, 2012 12:55 p.m.
If the law states that cameras are allowed, no official has the authority to remove them. This was a public meeting where the law says cameras are permissible. Poor Gravitt, thinking that just because it doesn't say you HAVE to have them, it means they can be banned. I worry about his comprehension skills.


LookOutside: April 20, 2012 1:09 p.m.
Let's hear for the Mayor one more time - as in the 'non-binding' and 'unbinding' - 'permissable' has a definite meaning and, in this case, is a two-way street. This is important. Somebody in Forsyth County should have brought this up!


LookOutside: April 20, 2012 1:19 p.m.
Good job, Lydia, regardless of the Squad you represent.


LookOutside: April 20, 2012 1:20 p.m.
Oops, sorry, the mayor is unduly influencing me -- her name is Nydia...good job.


lakeman1: April 20, 2012 2:27 p.m.
Logical1,
City, county, state, country. We are all one nation.


Logical1: April 20, 2012 3:30 p.m.
It looks like my message was removed due to a violation. It would be nice if they emailed me and told me what the violation was... Oh well. Deborah, I said that I post this way because I don't care to have my name posted in a public forum such as this.

Lakeman, I get that but when you Google Ms. Tisdale, the only activism you see is here in the county. Considering she doesn't live here (or own/run a business here) it doesn't make sense. If I could see that she was a political activist in other areas, that would explain her involvement.

I'm not, and never have, said she is wrong, I just don't understand why she is doing what she is doing.


lakeman1: April 20, 2012 4:19 p.m.
Logical1, by you definition the Civil Rights movement, women's suffrage, and others were wrong because "one time" outside agitators were involved. Everyone picks their battles, big or small. The small ones should not be discounted.


MarkStephens: April 20, 2012 4:35 p.m.
I agree, logical1. I never said what she was doing was wrong. I just wonder what her motivation may be.


Leo: April 20, 2012 6:56 p.m.
I'm all in favor of this lady doing whatever she wants in this county. Since when did it matter where one lived to attend government meetings. What relevance does her residence have to the issue involved here. For some reason Gravitt and his crew wanted to create a confrontation. Clearly, the lady will win. Clearly Gravitt does not care about the spirit of the open meetings law if he is splitting hairs over an issue like this one. The only problem I see is that the fine is not even a slap on the hand. It needs to be sufficient to count as a metaphorical kick in the mayoral groin. I guess one day, Gravitt will decide to retire. The sooner the better.


Lively: April 20, 2012 10:26 p.m.
I think Ms. Tisdale is an angel sent to expose the abuses of the Forsyth County/Cumming Good Ole Boy Network. Keep up the good work Sistah!


Logical1: April 20, 2012 10:53 p.m.
Lakeman1, you are making a pretty big leap there. Those movements are not issues isolated to a particular area. They are national issues. If you don't want to be suspicious of someone with no ties to the local government getting involved to the extent she has, fine. But IF it turns own she is doing for reasons the people in the local area don't like, don't complain about it.

Again, I'm not saying she doesn't have a right to do what she is doing, I just wonder why. When it comes down to it, I probably agree with her that a lot happens in this county at the elected level that shouldn't happen. That still doesn't change the fact that I'm concerned about her motives.


Redsmom1: April 20, 2012 11:29 p.m.
@MarkStephens...LOL...Odd Squad...ain't it the truth...a lot of gum flappin' going on there. Someone needs a hobby!


Lively: April 20, 2012 11:32 p.m.
Really, Logical1, you are worried about her motives? I think the bigger concern is of those that are in positions of power. Ms. T is just shining a light on it. I'm sure she has an interest but until it proves to be an interest that is not in the county's best interest I think she is doing a great job.


lakeman1: April 20, 2012 11:36 p.m.
Logical1, ok I understand your point. Do we ever really know anyone's motives? I have formed an opinion of her based on her past actions to make government toe-the-line. Granted there are several elected officials that appear not to like her. But in all the public meeting videos I have seen with her speaking, she sounds reasonable and respectful to me.


Logical1: April 21, 2012 9:04 p.m.
It just doesn't add up. I haven't been able to find any political activism she has done outside of this county. Yet she doesn't have an interest in this county as far as living or running a business. Are we to think Roswell and Fulton are perfect since she lives there but doesn't seem to be involved?

We accepted change for the sake of change in the White House and look where that got us. We may not like some (or all) of the politicians, but I refuse to accept the thought that someone like Ms. Tisdale is doing this without an unknown agenda.


stapleyneil: April 22, 2012 10:34 a.m.
Logicall everyone has an agenda thats what politics is. You have an agenda by merely making the comment regarding "accepting change for change sake". The point here is that the Mayor treats this city like his own little Kingdom. The city makes great sounds at saying they don't have any debt they pay for everything in cash thats great but did you really need to spend $150,000 on a disused gas station that I may add is still empty. I can see 2 things the Mayor has done in his 40yr reign the Playhouse and the Aquatic Center. The Aquatic center is ran half assed (by a relative of the Mayor)


stapleyneil: April 22, 2012 10:39 a.m.
People make great plays about the corruption and waste by the federal goverment but from what I can see that goes on in this city more needs to be done to record and document the goings on at a local level. The Mayor's little pet projects need more scruitiny.

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Concerned citizen offers real sunshine

Post by MAD JAX » April 20th, 2012, 11:53 am

So...besides being a kind-mannered, individually-independant, free-thinking, self-actualizing-to-become-better-informed "Concerned Citizen" -- that just happens to think-outside-the-box while offering-up some real "Sunshine" in the process of doin' so...

What's a girl gotta do to become a member of this so-called "Odd Squad"?

(lol...It's all I ever wanted to be! ; )
"Impossible" is a degree of difficulty set by imagination for lack of motivation.

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Red Mud — Clay, rather — Communications

Post by Relentless » April 20th, 2012, 12:16 pm

My best guess is that Mark Stephens is the infamous Josh Jones of Red Clay Communications who represents John Derucki's and Patrick Bell's campaign.

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AG to investigate open meetings incident

Post by Nydia Tisdale » April 20th, 2012, 2:12 pm

AG to investigate open meetings incident

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By Patrick Fox
April 19, 2012

A Roswell woman has filed a complaint with the State Attorney General's Office over an incident Tuesday in which she was ordered to turn off her video camera at the start of a Cumming City Council meeting. Nydia Tisdale of Roswell was at the meeting to follow water negotiations with Forsyth County.

Mayor Ford Gravitt said Thursday he thought the equipment, including a tripod, was disruptive and he offered to allow Tisdale to tape record the meeting or take notes. Georgia's Open Meetings Law provides for tape and video devices at public meetings.

Tisdale said she was escorted out by the police chief while the city attorney looked on.

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Video camera rocket launcher

Post by David Milum » April 21st, 2012, 2:33 am

Smile — you're on Nydeo!
Relentless wrote:My best guess is that Mark Stephens is the infamous Josh Jones of Red Clay Communications who represents John Derucki's and Patrick Bell's campaign.
Some folks are born good guessers. Since Nydia isn't running for office her work can only affect those who pee in their pants when they see that video camera being whipped out like a rocket launcher.

Smile — you're on Nydeo! Only stinkin' crooks fear her work. Honest, hard-working, tax-paying Citizens love her ... XXX lol

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City of Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt reviews water proposal

Post by Nydia Tisdale » April 21st, 2012, 9:15 am

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City of Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt reads three water proposals from Forsyth County at Tuesday's city council meeting. Current raw and finished water contracts will expire on May 26, 2012. PHOTO: Nydia Tisdale


This is the story Nydia Tisdale wanted to report, but instead — due to actions by the mayor, city council, "legal" counsel and police chief — she and her Sony camcorder became the story.

The unfortunate incident will become the mayor's long-lasting legacy.

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New word: "NYDEO" (noun) video by Nydia

Post by MAD JAX » April 21st, 2012, 10:45 am

"NYDEO"

She may want to correct the spelling -- mine at least! -- but I'm almost sure this term will make it into the dictionary next year for what antics it will have illuminated over this one.

(more than one person can just go-ahead 'n betcher'aus on that ; )

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Jasper County Board of Commissioners on YouTube

Post by gajasper » April 21st, 2012, 5:11 pm

Keep up the good work in protecting our rights to video open public meetings. I do a similar thing for the Jasper County board of commissioners. Their trick is they turn the sound down so low that my video camera has a hard time picking up their comments and discussions. Watchers of the videos that I post on YouTube need to have externally powered speakers to clearly understand what's happening. The clips I post of their meetings can be found on http://www.YouTube.com/gajasper. Good luck in your endeavors.

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AGO investigating mayor after booting activist from meeting

Post by Nydia Tisdale » April 21st, 2012, 5:55 pm

Attorney general's office investigating mayor after booting activist from meeting

WSBtv.com
Channel 2
April 19, 2012

CUMMING, Ga. — The Georgia Attorney General's Office is investigating whether Cumming Mayor Ford Gravitt broke the law when he told a local activist she couldn't videotape a recent city council meeting, then had the police chief escort her out of the meeting.

Nydia Tisdale, who runs the blog AboutForsyth.net, had planned to videotape the Cumming City Council's discussion Tuesday night about a water contract with Forsyth County. But, as the meeting started, Gravitt announced he had to take care of a "housecleaning issue."

"Chief Tatum, if you would, remove the camera from the room," he said. "We don't allow cameras to film inside the City Hall here unless it's for civic reasons."

Tisdale's camera rolled as Cumming Police Chief Casey Tatum escorted her from the council chambers.

"It's frightening, it's egregious," she told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik. "My rights were violated."

NEWS COVERAGE ON LINK.

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Mayor Justifies Kicking Woman Out of Council Meeting

Post by Nydia Tisdale » April 21st, 2012, 6:00 pm

Mayor Justifies Kicking Woman Out of Council Meeting

By Justin Gray
MyFoxAtlanta.com
April 20, 2012

CUMMING, Ga. - The mayor who kicked a woman out of a local city council meeting is defending his decision.

Cumming Mayor Ford Gravitt banned Nydia Tisdale's camera from the city council meeting on Tuesday.

“I thought it was the right thing to do,” said Gravitt.

FOX 5's Justin Gray brought a copy of the Georgia code to Gravitt to show him the Sunshine Law, which clearly states that public meetings can be recorded.

"It's a little gray area there," said Gravitt.

"I don't think there's anything gray. The key word is 'and' -- visual and sound and that's what a video camera is," said Tisdale.

On Thursday, Tisdale and her camera were back it, recording the Forsyth County Commission meeting. She vowed to return to Cumming City Council.

"I will be back to more city council meetings, most certainly yes. And I will bring my video camera," said Tisdale.

But the mayor said he stands by his decision.

"Had the potential to be disruptive to the meeting, it could be a safety issue," said Gravitt.

The person charged by law with interpreting it, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens sent a strongly worded letter to the city of Cumming on Thursday, stating, "Georgia law expressly allows video recording of public meetings."

"I think if it's a safety issue and you have people…maybe in case of emergency, I think that you can use some common sense," said Gravitt.

Olens asked in writing for the Cumming city attorney to explain their decision to ban the camera.

The attorney general has the power under the Open Records Act to levy thousands of dollars in fines if he decides violations to the law have occurred.

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Completely gobsmacked and compelled

Post by sartec » April 21st, 2012, 8:31 pm

I'm new to this forum and I don't live in Forsyth. I'm actually a citizen in Henry County, Georgia, and when I saw the story the other night on FOX 5, I was completely gobsmacked and felt compelled to register. IMHO, Mrs. Tisdale is a true American heroine and deserves the highest accolades and respect. This lady is a class act; she didn't lose her cool under pressure; she followed the letter of the law; she took on the entire city government and made them all look like the parents in Footloose!

Now, I've read Mrs. Tisdale doesn't live in Forsyth County, but so what? If she lived on Mars, I would be honored and thrilled to have her anti-corruption (muckraking) expertise here in Henry County.

As Plato so eloquently expressed, "The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men."

The price for apathy was paid in Plato's day as it is now; it's just so easy to ignore what is happening all around you as you lead your own life. We tend let the other guy handle it,
but then one day you realize your rights have eroded or have been lost completely because no one cared enough to assert them, and now all of your hard-earned tax dollars have disappeared through waste, fraud and abuse. Citizens, sleep on and dream on at your own peril, for one day you may wake to find yourself in need of a government which can protect your rights and property justly and fairly.

That day came for me on August 2, 2010. On that day, I had to defend my life and property using lethal force against two home invaders. With a single shot, I wounded both perpetrators, one mortally and one superficially. The surviving perpetrator, a female, was ultimately found, arrested, and indicted for attempted burglary.

Still awaiting trial, the perp, now the defendant, is actually the daughter of a prominent business man in Henry County, and as you would expect, a well-connected attorney was immediately retained for her defense.

A couple of months ago, I had to spend thousands of dollars to defend myself against a discovery motion on my property by the defense--a motion which was substantiated by no legal authority whatsoever, but was granted by the superior court judge, nonetheless.

As you can imagine, having my constitutional and due process rights trampled on felt exactly like the initial home invasion.

Anyway, I most likely won't be posting much, but I'll definitely keep reading. Best wishes to you all and keep up the excellent work!

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The Attorney General, the Mayor, and the City Attorney

Post by Relentless » April 21st, 2012, 10:19 pm

In defense of Dana Miles. If in his reply to the attorney general, Dana provides proof that he advised the mayor and city council against their actions concerning the camera flap, then we have a very different story (clients don't always follow their counsel's advice). If that is the case, the city attorney has done his job, and that the mayor and city council acted independently and with premeditation.

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City of Cumming Council Meeting 04/17/12

Post by Nydia Tisdale » April 22nd, 2012, 1:15 pm

Governor Nathan Deal signed HB 397 effective upon signing April 17, 2012.



City Council Meeting
100 Main Street
Cumming, Georgia 30040
April 17, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

City of Cumming Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt poses for photo opportunity with councilmen Quincy Holton, Ralph Perry, Rupert Sexton, Lewis Ledbetter and John Pugh.

00:07 Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt orders Police Chief Casey Tatum to remove Citizen Nydia Tisdale's videocamera violating Georgia Sunshine Law while City Attorney Dana B. Miles does nothing.
33:43 Deputy Chief Walter "Clyde" Cook stops Citizen Tisdale from taking soundless film clips.
01:40 Pledge the flag
02:16 I. Consider for adoption the minutes of Regular Council Meeting of March 20, 2012 and Executive Session Meeting of the same date.
02:43 II. Proclamations, Resolutions, Recognitions:
02:49 A. Recognize Patrol Officer Daniel Hesters for completion of Field Training Program.
04:07 B. Garden Week Proclamation — Nancy Voss, Patricia Wester, Linda Hardie, Diane Morgan, and Terra Manton.
07:55 C. ALS Awareness day Proclamation — Morris Diekhoff, Judy LeJeune, Amy Spivia, Kevin Duffy, Barbara Brannon, Karen Duffy, Brian Duffy and Mike Duffy.
13:18 E. Recognize Jay Hendrix and his volunteer public service with beekeeping.
16:09 D. Water Safety Month Proclamation — Stewart and Ashley Forscher.
19:00 III. Old Business.
19:03 A. Audit.
25:31 IV. New Business.
25:31 C. Aquatic Center Brochure Bid.
28:00 D. Police Department Siren/Radio Frequency Proposal.
30:52 E. City Hall HVAC test and balance.
32:42 A. Water Contract Proposal Discussion. (sent to City from County)
42:10 B. Utility Department land purchase.
43:02 V. Announcements.
43:10 Cumming Playhouse Events:
43:13 "Georgia Senior Follies"
43:19 "Musical Mirth"
43:25 "The Tapestry Maker"
43:31 "Dalena Ditto"
43:38 "Johnny Cash Now"
43:42 VII. Adjournment.
43:50 VI. Executive Session.

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Cumming Planning & Zoning Meeting 04/17/12

Post by Nydia Tisdale » April 22nd, 2012, 1:20 pm


Esquire Ethan Underhand, oops — Underwood — rather, stands at lectern.
Do-nothing, City of Cumming attorney Dana Miles sits, leftside of board.


Planning and Zoning Meeting
City of Cumming
100 Main Street
Cumming, GA 30040
April 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

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City of Cumming and Forsyth County conflicts of interest

Post by Nydia Tisdale » April 22nd, 2012, 7:50 pm

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colhyatt: April 22, 2012 5:42 p.m.
It seems to me that Mr. Tam should also recuse himself from the deliberations on the Water contract with the City of Cumming. His wife's long term rental contract with the City is an obvious conflict of interest.

It's also interesting to note the timing of Channel 2 News coverage of Mr. Gravitt's shutting the doors to the public on his City Council meetings! Mr. Gravitt is giving the impression that he's another public "servant" who may have been at the trough for far too long.


billevelyn: April 22, 2012 7:20 p.m.
Brian Tam should recuse himself from abusing Forsyth County residents with his unprincipled and Liberal redistribution votes. Brain Tam should also stop being the chief negotiator for Mayor Gravitt and negotiate on behalf of county residents he is charged to support. Every decision Brian Tam makes is to enrich special interests and payoff the Mayor with favors.


Fridawg: April 23, 2012 2:20 p.m.
The fact that Tam claims there is no conflict of interest should be alarming to anyone with common sense. Of course, I think most of the population just has come to expect such behavior from our officials these days.


lakeman: April 23, 2012 10:18 p.m.
Cities fighting Counties. Bottom Line: it ends up costing tax payers more money. It begs one to think maybe the City and the County are in bed together to hose the tax payers. Imagine that! Who wins either way: the government. Who looses either way: the tax payer.


a1asouth: April 24, 2012 8:18 p.m.
Have any of you ever dined at Tam's Backstage? Or better yet, have you supported the local community and arts by attending a production at the Cumming Playhouse? Or even beyond, have you even taken the time to simply tour the Schoolhouse Museum?

If what Rorke states is true, good for the Tam's and good for the City. A beneficial relationship.

Can't you have business agreements without effecting future business decisions? Or are you all that underhanded and untrustworthy in your own rite that you are suspect of any type of governmental or business agreements?

Find a government official that doesn't have business interests related to their jurisdiction. If 'Tam's' was outside of the county, you'd be griping 'why they don't care enough about the community to bring such a great restaurant here' - especially one that ties so perfectly to a community staple like the Playhouse.


billevelyn: April 24, 2012 11:00 p.m.
a1asouth - I have. The chicken tenders ... <pitiful>


a1asouth: April 27, 2012 5:14 p.m.
Kid's portion? If so, not surprising. Try the filet. lol

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