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Fayette Commission continues illogical bulldozing for West Bypass

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The final gathering of the current Fayette County commissioners was last Thursday night. The news for the citizens that will be impacted by Phase III of the West Fayetteville Bypass was not good. Not unexpected, but still unfortunate for many homeowners in that area.

The meeting was mostly uneventful until the commissioners returned from their executive session. It was then time for Jack Smith and Eric Maxwell to say goodbye. Read More»

Corps of Engineers issues bypass permit, so lawsuit will be filed

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This week the West Fayetteville Bypass issue has arrived at a significant turning point. Fayette County has obtained a permit under Clean Water Act (CWA) for the road project. Therefore, the West Fayetteville Bypass Coalition has initiated the first steps within the federal court system to stop the project as planned. Read More»

Smith & Maxwell’s bypass fiasco

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On May 18, this newspaper published one of my editorials where I described just how poorly Eric Maxwell and Jack Smith have been with decisions related to the environment. Please reread that article to refresh yourselves about that aspect of why you should not vote for either of these incumbents for Fayette County commissioner. Read More»

Our environment in Fayette is under attack: A tale of two roads

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The West Fayetteville Bypass project has developed into a significant election issue for all of us. Eric Maxwell and Jack Smith, County Commission incumbents, are up for re-election and both are staunch supporters of this project. Candidates running against them are Allen McCarty and Steve Brown. Mr. McCarty and Mr. Brown stand very much against the proposed bypass.

Following are some details that will help you understand the problems I see and I think the new candidates will agree with my analysis: Read More»

Bypass story was weak

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Last week, John Munford wrote an article (“Who needs W. F’ville Bypass?”) that I found very disappointing. Disappointing because Mr. Munford is usually so much better with his work. Not because of anything that was in the article, but because of the bias that was so evident.

Members of the West Fayetteville Bypass Coalition had asked The Fayette Citizen to consider looking at the possibility that Phase II of the proposed road might be driven by behind-the-scenes pressure from developers. We even provided a map similar to what you see in The Citizen article. Read More»