Tyrone Sued Again
Ten homeowners filed suit April 2, 2012 against the Tyrone Town Council for rezoning property without following their own laws. Following the advice of their taxpayer paid lawyer Dennis Davenport, who actually runs the town, the Council, voted to Spot Zone property for a gun shop and firing range adjacent to a 350 home subdivision against fierce opposition.
The Council did what it always does, advertised the zoning without proper notification of the purpose of the zoning. Didn’t allow the minimum 15 day notice, no required boundary description on file making it impossible to know who initiated the zoning, no required written report by the zoning administrator. The report was supposed to show what investigation was done that might adversely affect the use of nearby property and any other conditions supporting approval or disapproval of the zoning.
In addition the lawsuit alleges Planning Commissioner Chris Wigginton violated Tyrone’s Code of Ethics by voting for the zoning without disclosing his financial interest in the zoning, a criminal offense of which the council will ignore.
Plaintiffs ask for a declaratory judgment declaring the zoning null and void as a manifest abuse of zoning power.
On April 5, dozens of other Tyrone citizens stormed the Council demanding a recision of the zoning change clapping long and loud as citizens spoke to the Council. Derrick Jackson put blame squarely on the backs of Mayor Eric Dial, & Council members Ryan Housely and Linda Howard by telling them that they violated their election promises of transparent government. Mayor Dial tried to stop Jackson from speaking by saying he was out of order but the over-flow crowd shouted him down, and Jackson continued his eloquent assault as Dial meekly backed down while WSB TV camera’s rolled. Reference: Fayette Civil Action No. 2012V-0396, Council Minutes April 5, 2012.
This is news you will never hear from any Tyrone official. The era that started in 1997 of unresponsive, unconstitutional, corrupt, illegal and secret government in Tyrone is nearing its end. The citizens are revolting. This revolution will continue until elected and appointed officials are forced to know they are elected to represent the people and not the government. They will be forced to know that they take orders from the people and not the Town Lawyer. They will be forced to think for themselves independently, learn their laws and procedures and actually oversee government actions plus, demand the taxpayer paid attorney represent both the citizens and the government fairly. And when elected officials take their oath of office, to follow the constitution and laws of Tyrone and State of Georgia, they will learn to take their oath seriously.