Attention Fayetteville Voters...

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Before you cast your vote in tomorrow's election, you might want to read the following letter to the editor from January 2006. It paints a pretty clear picture of Mr. Al Hovey-King. In case you aren’t aware, Mr. Hovey King owns property at Pye Lake and is a major reason why the events of this letter took place. Do we really want to have that kind of political figure as a city councilman? I don’t, and I hope the voters of Fayetteville really understand who they are voting for before they go to the polls tomorrow. He’s obviously in it for himself and not the city of Fayetteville.

“Lakefront lots at taxpayer expense”
Tue, 01/03/2006 - 4:38pm
By: Letters to the Editor

I am writing this letter to close out this year by thanking the [Fayetteville] mayor and City Council for stiffing the taxpayers for $1.3 million by purchasing 3.16 acres of land and for the repair of the Pye Lake dam.
Thanks also for the ongoing expense of maintaining the lake and the property tax increase to fund the purchase. A privately owned lake, which in actuality is nothing more than a pond, conveniently donated to the city strictly for the benefit of the land owner and the developer of the adjoining property.
I attended two Planning and Zoning Committee meetings when the rezoning of the Pye Lake property was on the agenda. During the public comment phase of the meeting I asked if these houses would be lakefront houses and the city planner Eldridge Gunn responded with no, they would be lake access houses, i.e., the back of the houses would face the lake.
Then I asked if the citizens of Fayetteville would have access to the perimeter of the lake. Mr. Gunn responded with a muted, “No.”
The second meeting I attended I saw no reason to ask any questions since it was obvious to me that it was a done deal. The only concern the P&Z committee had was the financial responsibility for building a road to maintain the dam. The developer agreed to pay for building the road.
I suppose by now that everyone is familiar with eminent domain; however,this is slightly different as the mayor and City Council have gone directly to the source and appropriated your money.
Happy New Year, fellow taxpayers, and enjoy the view as you drive by Pye Lake and see the lake-access homeowners fishing from their private floating docks and paddling their canoes on their private lake. Paid for by you and me.
How sweet it is!

Edward Lawson
Fayetteville, Ga

I read a letter in The Citizen paper last week from Mr. Hovey-King. He had a lot of negative comments about his opponent, Mickey Edwards. I have not heard, or read one single negative comment come from Mr. Edwards. That’s the kind of man he is. He doesn’t believe that’s what it takes to achieve his goals. That’s because his goals aren’t personal (like Mr. Hovey-King), they are for the community that he wishes to represent.

There are many reasons why NOT to vote for Al Hovey-King. I can’t begin to list them here. Please do some research before casting your vote tomorrow. Fayetteville needs a change in a positive direction. It’s time to weed out all of these political old timers. (PLEASE, why couldn’t someone run against Ken Steele? He needs to go, but is continually re-elected because no one will run against him) Remember, tomorrow November 6, 2007, VOTE MICKEY EDWARDS for Fayetteville city council.

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Submitted by MWF on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 9:11pm.

Is this the whole story? Didn't this project have something to do with preventing future flooding such as that which occurred several years ago downstream from Pye Lake? The LaFayette Garden area suffered some serious flooding which led up to the Pye Lake project as a means of preventing a recurrence of the problem. Is it really fair to post this late on the night before election when you hope no one will see it in time to respond or defend? I do not live in Fayetteville, so I have nothing to gain or lose either way, but let's get the whole story.

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Submitted by Tiger Dad on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 10:19pm.

That's why you don't know the whole story. I know of several flooding problems in Fayetteville. The Pye Lake project may have solved a fraction of those problems, but is it a coincidence that Hovey-King owns a lot of property on Pye Lake? I don't think so. As far as posting this late at night, what's wrong with that? This is a personal opinion based on fact. If Hovey-King wants to respond, I gladly welcome it. Of course he will deny it.

I don't personally know Mickey Edwards, but based on what I've read and some flyers I have received and along with my own personal research (that every voter should do before casting their vote) I feel he is the best option for the voters of Fayetteville.

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Submitted by Tug13 on Tue, 11/06/2007 - 8:39am.

I agree, voters need to do the research before they vote.

Mickey Edwards is the best option for Fayetteville. Smiling

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Submitted by hutch866 on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 9:21pm.

If their dam needed repair why didn't they pay for it themselves? If I have to help pay for their dam or lake why don't I get to use it?

I yam what I yam...Popeye

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