Councilwoman Caldwell: Smola needs to get his facts straight about big boxes

Tue, 10/23/2007 - 4:14pm
By: Letters to the ...

I wish to correct the statements made by Mike Smola appearing in the Oct. 17, 2007 edition of The Citizen.

Mr. Smola’s misstatement is the discussion of the big box ordinance which he states took place at a planning retreat earlier this year.

In fact, the first discussion concerning the big box ordinance was at a regular public town council meeting on April 19, 2007, agenda item 5. Subsequent discussion and vote took place at a regular public town council meeting on July 5, 2007, agenda item 5.

Mr. Smola’s misleading statement is he “saw no problems with big boxes.” Please read the approved town council minutes of July 5, 2007. I stated that I had no problems with the recommended text amendment. “Therefore she (Grace Caldwell) made a motion to approve of the text amendment to the zoning ordinance limiting size of retail commercial including standards for a variance.”

“Councilwoman Caldwell felt the town needed to do what the planner suggested in order protect the town from future lawsuits.” The vote was 4-0 in favor of adopting the big box ordinance.

Mr. Smola stated, “I drafted an ordinance” etc. It is legal counsel’s responsibility to draft all legal documents.

Mr. Smola states, “Caldwell fought it right up to the time we voted on it.” The approved council minutes do not reflect Mr. Smola’s assertion. However, Mr. Smola and I have differences of opinions on many issues.

Mr. Smola is correct in his statement, “... since Caldwell is actively and visibly campaigning for my opponent.” In America we have the constitutional right for free speech and public expression. I had no problem when Mr. Smola publicly endorsed my opponent, Sheryl Lee for mayor in 2004.

The town of Tyrone has many important issues which the town council and mayor must address. It is my belief that Mr. Rehwaldt has a good understanding of the issues at hand and possesses the professional expertise and willingness to help implement the proper solution to these important issues.

To quote my favorite U. S. President, Ronald Reagan’s farewell address to the nation in 1989, “We the people tell the government what to do, it doesn’t tell us. We the people are the driver, the government is the car. and we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast.”

Grace Caldwell

Town Council

Tyrone, Ga.

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Submitted by Tyrone Aries on Thu, 10/25/2007 - 9:02pm.

It might interest you to know that your statements in council meetings have recently been changed. On Aug 6, 2007 you told Barry Amos that he had misrepresented the sewer usage to you. I download all the minutes, so I have the original minutes that were on the website. Now the minutes are very, very different and that statement you made about Barry misrepresenting the sewer usage is GONE!!

Submitted by Tyrone Aries on Thu, 10/25/2007 - 10:13pm.

Correction of above post - it was Aug 16th 2007.

The original minutes said and many in the audience recall that you questioned Barry Amos about the sewer usage and then after stating that you had received the information on the need for more sewer capacity and that it showed only a 20-22% usage under the Fairburn contract, you said "Barry that is a misrepresentation." Now the minutes say that you said you had received "mis-information" and there is a whole bunch of other stuff about looking for competitive bids and what not that was not in the original posting of the town's Aug 16, 2007 minutes. Of course, Smola's comment about "where are you going with this" is still in there.......Thought you might be interested.

Submitted by Tyrone90210 on Wed, 10/24/2007 - 10:39am.

We are so glad to hear from you Councilwoman Caldwell. Finally!! Thanks so much for letting us hear your opinions and we want to hear more!! Could you please let us, the citizens, know who you support for Mayor and town council? You are a trustworthy person and we respect your opinion and are so glad to finally hear from you! Keep up the good fight!! We are on your side!

Submitted by Tyrone Aries on Thu, 10/25/2007 - 10:41pm.

She already said in her letter that she supports Don Rehwaldt for Mayor. But I am curious about who she supports for the two council posts....

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