Powers has no plans of quitting

Thu, 06/15/2006 - 3:46pm
By: The Citizen


The Fayette County Board of Elections plans to notify the county board of education that BOE member Greg Powers is no longer eligible to serve on the board.

That determination is based on the elections board’s ruling that Powers has moved outside of the geographical district established for his Post 4 seat on the board of education. Georgia law requires that if a local board of education member moves his or her domicile to a location outside that person’s district, “such person shall cease to be a member of such local board of education, and a vacancy shall occur.”

The elections board ruling came after several neighbors of Powers told the board that he no longer lived at his Fayetteville address at 195 Antebellum Way. Powers appealed the elections board’s decision, which was upheld last week by Superior Court Judge Tommy Hankinson.

Powers told the board that he had not moved from the Antebellum Way home, although his family was living at a residence in Brooks.

In his order, Hankinson noted that the record of the elections board showed that Powers said he didn’t plan to live at the 195 Antebellum Way home for the next four years. Georgia law requires a person’s residence to be “that place in which such person’s habitation is fixed, without any present intention of removing therefrom,” Hankinson wrote, quoting code section 21-2-217.

Contacted Wednesday, Powers said he is appealing the decision and hopes to receive decision from a three-judge panel very soon.

“I haven’t changed my domicile and that’s one of the issues we’re appealing,” he said.

Powers also countered that the school board is not governed by districts, but by posts and he counters he has water, cable and other bills to prove the Antebellum Way home is his address.

“In the hearing, all they went on was some neighbors who said I had algae in my pool this spring, and my grass wasn’t cut,” he said.

Powers feels the prime motivation behind the controversy is Board of Elections Chairman Marilyn Watts. He remembers when he first ran for the post eight years ago, and Watts urging him not to run. Powers urged Watts to recuse herself from the Board of Elections hearing, but she refused.

“It’s just Miss Watts trying to disqualify me because she supports another candidate,” he said.

However his appeal turns out, Powers plans to complete his term on the school board.

“I don’t have any plans for resigning. This is just a non-issue,” he said.

Powers also noted that his attorney, Chris Ramig, previously served on the school board and moved to a new home and was allowed to remain on the board.

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Submitted by The Generalist on Thu, 06/22/2006 - 7:57am.

Mr. Powers has chosen to use selective memory on what was said at the Election Board hearing. Much more was brought into evidence than his pool and lawn. He is a munipulative, self serving individual and has no place in public office. The voters of Fayette County need to exercise their right and vote Mr. Powers out of office permanently.

Submitted by Teilnehmer on Sat, 06/17/2006 - 2:08pm.

Just what is Powers trying to pull? He had a board disqualify him because several neighbors reported that he had long ago moved. Then the court upheld that ruling. Now he is trying to blame it on one person. What a joke. The one person to blame is Powers himself. The joke is on the taxpayers who have been paying his salary all this time. Just why does he want to hang onto this little job so badly? Something is really fishy. The school board spends about 80% of our taxes. Who is watching them? Is there a good investigative reporter out there? How about it Munford or Thompson??? Do you have the time to go to the deed records and look up properties bought and sold by Powers and Terry Smiths husband? Quite a little arrangement they have going. Why is the School Board in the business of buying and then SELLING property?

Submitted by did not know on Sun, 06/18/2006 - 9:10pm.

I know Terry Smith is the silent partner in Tcg holdings. Burt Clark is the front man. It is a company that develops land around Tyrone, So far, they can't get their foot in the door anywhere else in Fayette county. I have always felt it was kind of strange that a developers wife should be on the school board. Terry Smith also has some kind of plumbing co too. Burt Clark has also move to Brooks, but is developing Tyrone. Maybe Burt, and Gregg Powers want their kids in better school districts than ours, that are now over flowing and underscoring from all the new development. That is not a good statement about what even they think of their handy work.
If someone knows the name of THE company, it will be easy to put this rumor to rest, one way or the other.

Submitted by did not know on Mon, 06/19/2006 - 7:18pm.

but none came...either you back it up with the name of the company...or..you are a ....liar..in of story!!!

Submitted by vox on Sun, 06/18/2006 - 1:10am.

has some nerve. He thinks the law does not apply to him. So he doesn't plan to quit? The law is clear that his seat is already vacant. It will be interesting to see what is done about that. Why does he want that little job so bad? Very curious. Must be some side benefit he receives. I agree that we need some investigative reporting in this county. Wake up Cal and send someone to find out what is going on over at the school board. Powers went to great lengths to keep this job for some reason.

Submitted by fcteacher on Sun, 06/18/2006 - 6:47pm.

I've heard similar rumors regarding the land aquisition. The rumors I've heard include the above mentioned parties purchasing property and then recommending, and selling, said property to the Board at a huge profit. I also remember the middle school ordeal from a few years ago. That was an obvious abuse of power. So, who knows what the real deal is? It will be interesting to see what happens as this unfolds.

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Submitted by mapleleaf on Sun, 06/18/2006 - 9:48am.

People wonder sometimes why some elected officials are so attached to their elected position, or why some people so badly want to be elected.

The world is, as we all know, divided between those who have a clue, and the clueless. Most of us don’t have a clue about the perks provided by public offices, but some insiders know a lot more than we do, and they keep mum.

Notice how people who hold certain government jobs complain of low salaries, while they enjoy pension plans that allow for very early retirement with very good pensions. Teachers could be viewed as being in that group.

Health insurance used to be a nice little fringe benefit, but it has grown into a huge benefit in light of today’s medical expenses. Health insurance is valuable. Very valuable. The more so if you, or a member of your family, has some expensive ailment.

Little part-time jobs like county commissioner and Board of Education member normally wouldn’t qualify for employer-paid health insurance, but in Georgia they generally do.

Buried in Georgia Code section 20-2-55(b) is a subsection which provides, “A local board of education is authorized to provide group medical and dental insurance for its members who elect to participate.” The statute goes on to provide for insurance on spouses and dependents too, and states that taxes may be expended for employer contributions required for insurance coverage of the members of the board.

Code section 36-1-11.1(a) states that “The governing authority of any county is authorized to provide, and to expend county funds for the provision of, group health, life, disability, and liability insurance (etc.) for members of the county governing authority … as well as for the dependents and beneficiaries of such officials…”

Getting into a good health insurance plan is difficult for some people, but getting elected into one can solve a lot of problems.

Of course, I don’t know the individual family circumstances of people who run for office or cling to their elected office, but a smart voter will look beyond the salary. There is more than a salary to be snorted out of the public trough.

(P.S.: Serving on the Fayette Board of Education pays $500 a month; the chairman gets $600.)

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Submitted by PTC Guy on Sun, 06/18/2006 - 10:22am.

Yep. Good points indeed.

Keeping it real and to the core of the issue, not the peripherals.

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