prepare for runoff
Clyde Avery and Bill Talley are working this week
to get their voters to the polls one more time,
as the two are locked in a runoff in the Post 1
Fayetteville City Council election.
voters in the runoff will cast their ballots at
Fayetteville's Old Depot, not in their precincts
as in statewide election years. Polls are open 7
a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16.
received 509 votes, 42.9 percent of those cast,
and Talley 466 votes, or 39.3 percent, in the
Nov. 3 municipal election. Third candidate Paul
Carter garnered 212 votes, 17.9 percent of the
total, forcing the runoff.
is chief financial officer for People's Bank in
Pine Mountain, Ga.; Avery is a broker for office
management firm Southeastern Properties Inc.
ten-year resident of Fayetteville, Talley is a
native of Decatur, Ala. and holds degrees in
finance and management. He worked in banks in
Florida, then in south Atlanta before taking the
job as CFO for People's Bank nine years ago in
reputation as a fine community drew him here, he
has served five years on the Fayetteville
Planning Commission, two years as its chairman.
a planning commissioner, Talley said, I've
been able to have a great deal of impact on
trying to implement the city's ordinances. Now I
want the opportunity to have some impact on
likes what the City Council has done so far,
Talley said. They have a great team of
folks, and I think I would complement the
is not opposed to all annexation, he said, but
any proposed annexation should be weighed based
on its benefit to the current city residents, he
said. There needs to be a reason for it to
be annexed, he added.
elected, he said, he would push for more use of
existing, empty commercial buildings before
annexing more land for commercial development.
There has to be a point where Fayetteville
says, `This is our city limits,' he said.
I don't wish to run Fayetteville and
Peachtree City or Fayetteville and Riverdale
together, he added.
said he is concerned with making sure the city
Police Department remains well-trained and
added he is proud of the city's recently
strengthened development standards and believes
they should be applied aggressively.
although he favors some incentives to bring
developers to the older, empty buildings, Talley
said he also favors working with those
redevelopment projects to bring them into
compliance with some new regulations, such as
required buffers and natural areas.
Council has done a good job of
cutting tax rates, he said, but the tax
base has grown. Stopping short of promising more
tax cuts, Talley said, i would want to make
sure we are using our funds as efficiently as
should be a place where people want to live
and work, said Talley. There should
be pockets of residential development within the
city center so people can live and work and walk
in the city, he added.
while density can be higher downtown than it is
farther out, I don't believe that
multifamily housing in large numbers is a good
thing. But a mix of single family homes and
small service-oriented businesses would be good,
is proud of the city's recent planning work on
the McElwaney property, a 110-acre tract being
developed in homes, shops, offices and a hotel
near the Courthouse Square, Talley said. More
neotraditional projects like that are
needed downtown, he said, to create the
pedestrian environment he envisions.
McElwaney plan includes several neighborhood
parks as well, and Talley said he would work for
more of that on the neighborhood
said he also would work for more communication
between the city, the county and the Board of
Education, especially in the area of planning.
I think it would be helpful for them to
know what we're planning and vice versa, he
would not vote to put liquor by the drink on the
ballot, short of a petition, said Talley.
If that's the will of the people, that's
what we should do, he said. It's
democracy in action. Talley added, I
have never seen a city get better because of
should be directly involved in planning for a new
Fayette County Jail, said Talley, since the jail
is in the city center. The city needs input
into that process, he said.
city also should move forward more quickly on new
technology, especially use of the Internet,
Talley said. I would like to see the zoning
ordinances on the Internet, and there are a lot
of other ways we could use the Internet, he
added. We could use it get citizen
native of LaGrange, Ga., Avery grew up in College
Park and has lived in Fayette County since 1980.
a 32-year career in operations at Delta Air
Lines, he retired and has worked five years with
Southeastern Properties, a property management
and leasing firm. He is married and has two grown
retired from Delta, I now have more time to give
back to the community, said Avery, adding
that he has been a youth minister at New Hope
Baptist Church for 15 years. I've just been
seeing some things that I would like to see
happen, he added by way of explaining why
he decided to run for council.
feel like the group down there has done a real
good job, said Avery, and I feel like
I have some talents I could add to that.
changes Avery said he would like to see:
taxes for senior citizens. The general
population is getting a little bit older,
he said. I'd like to see some benefit from
the tax windfalls we've had recently go toward
the older citizens.
of a traffic consultant. I would like to
see a traffic expert come in and look for ways we
can improve things, he said. DOT and
the clean air (restrictions) have got our hands
tied right now [when it comes to building new
roads], he said, but a traffic expert, he
added, could address the possibility of making
more traffic lanes one-way at certain hours, and
perhaps come up with other solutions.
are some real good traffic study companies out
there, he said, adding that he envisions
the task as a anytime consulting job, not a
permanent position at City Hall.
aggressive efforts to redevelop empty commercial
buildings. We need to have a portfolio of
the grocery sites available, the Wal-Mart and all
the retail sites and the offices that are
available, he said. Through
persuasion or incentive, when these folks are
coming to the city wanting to develop these big
boxes, we need to let them know what we have
is opposed to bringing liquor by the drink into
Fayetteville, and would not vote to put the issue
on the ballot unless forced by a petition of
voters. It would add another burden to what
[Police Chief] Johnny Roberts has to do, he
said. But, he added, If the citizens vote
for it, I'm not going to be one to stand there
and continue to battle that.
a place for high-density subdivision development,
Avery said, adding that he is in favor of a
gradual decrease in density as one goes outward
from the city center. The key to any increase in
density, he added, is to make sure surrounding
neighborhoods are brought into the process.
I would make sure they have input into
what's being developed, especially if it's
changing density, he said.
doesn't favor annexation in most cases, Avery
said. The county has tried to develop a
good land use plan.
said one of his strengths as a council candidate
is that he lives and works in the city. We
need some people that are earning a living here
in the city, he said. That way, they
can get a real feel for what the people are
talking about and what the people want.