Just ‘change’ the name and interview with Chairman Smith could be one with Obama

I was amazed when I read an interview with Commissioner Eric Maxwell. The title of the article was “Maxwell says policy of change will continue.”

What amazed me was that if you changed a few words, the article could have been from an interview with Barack Obama.

It was a glowing report about a big push for “change” and self-praise about his so-called accomplishments. And just like Barack Obama, he included distortions by leaving out much of the complete stories. He left out the downside of things he has done. The way the article reads, Mr. Maxwell sees himself as a super hero. Now again, doesn’t that sound even more like Barack Obama?

An Obama in the White House is enough. We sure don’t need Eric Maxwell Obama in Fayette County government with the same kind of stuff.

Now, let’s take a look at Mr. Maxwell’s letter published in the May 12, 2010 edition of The Citizen on page A8.

He starts off by accusing others of distorting the facts about transportation issues. Here again he sounds like Obama. He attacks the former Board of Commissioners just like Obama attacks George W. Bush.

First, he attacks Dunn, Wells and Pfeifer for letting the initial collection of SPLOST funds, as he says, “simply earning interest.”

Now isn’t that a novel idea: simply earning interest rather than spending every penny received as soon as it is received.

The fact is, the actual funds “received” from the SPLOST when Mr. Maxwell took office was only approximately 16 months of collections. The 1 percent SPLOST started April 1, 2005. There is approximately a four-month delay for the state to send the money to the county.

Therefore, the first check would not have been received by Fayette County until September 2005. Mr. Maxwell took office Jan. 1, 2007. The indication here is that Mr. Maxwell thinks you should spend the SPLOST money the moment it arrives on any project available rather than earn interest on funds received until there is enough money to pay for the priority projects.

Mr. Maxwell goes on to talk about him personally meeting with the engineering firm that had been hired to implement the SPLOST dollars. He stated he asked a specific question, “Given that the county would not be able to build both the East Fayetteville Bypass(EFB) and the West Fayetteville Bypass(WFB) as there was not enough money to complete both, which project was most important to Fayette County”?

I would like to point out to Mr. Maxwell that the question he asked had been answered on Oct. 28, 2003 at a meeting of the Association of Fayette County Government (AFCG). AFCG is made up of all the city governments and the county government. At this meeting, after a very lengthy discussion, a resolution was adopted unanimously that the East Fayetteville Bypass was the number one priority for the SPLOST passed in 2004.

The way Mr. Maxwell’s letter reads is that he is the one who made the decision to switch the number one priority from the East to the West Bypass. I really did not know Mr. Maxwell carried that much authority.

If all this is true, it answers a questions I have been asking for close to a year. I have been asking (through the Open Records Act) for documentation showing who made the decision, and when that decision was made to actually switch the West Fayetteville Bypass to the top of the list.

I have ask for meeting minutes, letters, memorandums, work orders or any other documentation reflecting the requested information. I have yet to receive the requested information. So now, according to Mr. Maxwell’s letter, it looks like he is the “guilty” decision maker. Come on now, what is the real truth?

Harold Bost

Fayetteville, Ga.

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Joined: 02/17/2009
No Traffic Study

Harold is right. The West Fayettville Bypass Coalition has been asking for open records regarding who, when and why the EFB was dumped and the WFB was escalated from B status to # 1 agenda of all time.No one complies. Who changed the name to Parkway? No answers. You cannot even put in a traffic signal without a two year traffic study, THERE IS NO TRAFFIC STUDY for the WFB. NONE. ZILCH. A $50M + project. Ask the commissioners Maxwell or Smith at the upcoming town hall meeting meeting (posted on www.SPLOSTPOLL.com)to provide a traffic study. Watch 'em squirm.

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Joined: 07/05/2007
Seeing a pattern

I see a lot of people who have joined in the last month to post comments. Is this a way to hide ones true identity? Leave no trail to come back and haunt you?

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Joined: 05/16/2010
West bypass more direct than Eastern one

http://archive.thecitizen.com/~citizen0/node/34614 (January, 2009 for those of you keeping score at home)

The East bypass would've dumped Fayette cars into traffic-dense Clayton County about, what 8 miles (and about what, 14 traffic lights) from the interstate?

The West bypass gets you within 4 miles (and just 4 traffic lights) of I-85 ... and with far less existing traffic in the area. And nobody's jumping to move into the Union City area by the way.

The East bypass would've benefitted CLAYTON COUNTY way more than Fayette. Article says: "The east Fayetteville bypass would stretch from Jeff Davis Drive to Ga. Highway 54, ultimately extending north to link with Ga. Highway 85 north of the Fayette Pavilion."

Uh, should we try to eliminate traffic on Hwy 85 with the West Bypass or eliminate fewer cars currently using south Jeff Davis for the East Bypass?

On top of that, the East Bypass would've required buying up a golf course to get right of way.

Hmmmm. Wonder if Mr. Bost has some friends who own land in the way of the East Bypass who could cash in. ... Hmmmmmmmmm......

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Joined: 03/18/2009
West Bypass Eliminates Traffic on Highway 85?

The West Bypass doesn't go within 5 miles of Highway 85 to the North. The East Bypass could have used Corinth Rd. to bypass Fayetteville. You also have to consider people going to Atlanta from Fayette County complaining about an hour drive. What you don't realize is that 45 minutes of it is after you leave Fayette County. We are lucky that we are the only county in metro Atlanta NOT to have Interstate Highway, and that's what makes us special. You also need to be aware that the adjustments that will be made to Westbridge Rd. connecting to the West Bypass ends at a MARTA stop on Highway 138 in Fulton County. All you'll hear from Maxwell and Smith is that the 2 lane West Bypass will relieve Fayetteville traffic "because we say so"....they've never be able to prove it with traffic data. The voters aren't stupid. They saw right through the last SPLOST package and said "no more."

I would be the first person to approve of the West Bypass if it actually were a bypass with enough lanes to handle the traffic, and connected from State 85 directly to I-85. The Bypass name was bestowed upon it because the Commissioners felt it was a name that sounded better than "Developer's Drive."

People need to realize that Fayette County has about as much control over arterial traffic as a gnat on a warthog. However, we're a long way from being the worst traffic infested county, and I'm not ready to move, yet.

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