Financially Solid? 5/17/15 – 11:59am

Author : Curious

How financially solid is Reynolds Plantation and the surrounding area?

Are the golf courses financially solid or is this an ongoing issues with possible foreclosures too.

thank you

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Either Or 5/11/15 – 12:59pm

From: yogia

you have my answer, accept it and/or forget it.

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Yes/No 5/11/15 – 11:21am

From: Lake Resident

To Yogia7:

And you’ve yet to answer the yes/no question….

I don’t think I’m asking a wishy washy question, but you’re giving me a wishy washy answer.

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Maybe Is 5/10/15 – 8:59pm

From: y0gia7

lake resident

you still sound like the B.O.E. chairman.

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Questions 5/8/15 – 3:18pm

From: Lake Resident

To: Yogia7
So is that a yes or no if you had school aged children?  And why?

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Your Opinion 5/8/15 – 9:11am

Author : Johnathan Mersk

Yogia7, maybe he was trying to gauge your opinion of the school system.

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Sound Like Ch. 5/8/15 – 9:07am

From: yogia7

to lake resident

no children of school age. you sound like the B.O.E. chairman.

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Well 5/7/15 – 7:43am

From: Lake Resident

To: Yogia7

Well…..would you?  Yes or no?

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Interesting Statement 5/6/15 – 9:59am

From: yogia7

to mersk

a couple of years ago the B.O.E chairman ask me if  I would send my children to green county schools. interesting statement from the B.o.E. CHAIRMAN.

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Give Example 5/5/15 – 2:18pm

Author : Johnathan Mersk

Dear Why Fight, can you give an example where LOA supporters have put down any Greene county school or student?

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for Benefit Of Children 5/5/2015 – 11:00am

From: Why fight?

It is terrible to see how the LOA supporters and Greene supporters put down each other.  I think all of you should read empirical research to address the differences between both systems.  LOA is a great school.  Yet, look at the demographics.  Not that being poor is an excuse either, but proven by researchers. Now, if you do not believe in research, you don’t believe in data, and not believing in data would make LOA’s data and Greene County Schools’ data invalid. It is obvious that neither side get along, but if the tactics are not working, change the strategies of communication.  With good manners and respect both sides would be more likely to succeed and get along for the benefit of the children.

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New “Resort” Legislation 5/2/15 – 12:31pm

Author : LES REED

This link

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20152016/HB/677

to a bill recently introduced in the Georgia House of Representatives may bring some enlightenment to the word “Resort” in the Reynolds announcement.

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Link to LINK 5/1/15 – 8:49am

Author : VINCE FORTE

Thought folks might be interested in the entire LINK’s article referred to by John Gunderson in his recent email.

http://www.linksmagazine.com/golf_travel/bending-clubs-without-breaking-them

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Tournament 4/28/15 – 9:11am

Author : THE REYNOLDS CURMUDGEON

To Inquiring Mind:

Most likely all the folks with The Chick Fil A golf tournaments etc……

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Ritz Closing? 4/27/15 – 6:00pm

From: Inquiring Mind

Does anyone know who reserved the Ritz Carlton tonight?

 

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Re Classified 4/25/15 – 10:16 am

From:  randrbydesign@gmail.com

Please take a look at the classifieds tab today under miscellaneous.  Have just posted two estate rings that you may be interested in.  Local jewelers have looked at them,and there’s a certified appraisal on one.  Take a look!  Will be posting other collectibles from the estate soon.

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Traffic Alert 4/23/15 – 2:46pm

GREENE CO SO: AVOID Lake Oconee Parkway at the Lake Oconee Bridge for the next 30 minutes due to a small grass fire.

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Lost Dog 4/20/15 – 9:40pm

Author : marilyn lakeman

Today around 12 my Boykin spaniel got out in Great Waters  on hole number 8. She is
9 months old brown curly ears and totally brown. She weighs about 25 lbs. Her name is Reagan. Her collar is red. Her rabies tag fell off. Her vet is Dr.Robert at Durhams. We are so heartbroken. If anyone has seen her will you please call me at 706-347-3860,

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Why Dismissed 4/20/15 – 6:11pm

Author : THE REYNOLDS CURMUDGEON

To:  MR. TURNER

Thanks you for the up-date.

Question…why was the case dismissed at the trial court?

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More On Law Suit 4/18/15 – 6:43pm

Author : HENRY A. TURNER, ATTORNEY AT LAW

STATUS OF LAWSUIT:
According to the applicable on-line Dockets, the Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed the Trial Court ruling dismissing the case. Ms. Digan then filed a Writ of Certiorari (an interlocutory appeal) with the Georgia Supreme Court. It is completely at the discretion of the Georgia Supreme Court as to whether it accepts the appeal.

Perhaps Ms. Digan can furnish additional information.

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Status Of Law Suit 4/18/15 – 6:46pm

Author : LES REED

The lawsuit filed on 9/12/2012 in Fulton County Georgia Superior Court. The case was dismissed without prejudice on 12/10/2013  See:

http://justice.fultoncountyga.gov/PASupCrtCM/CaseDetail.aspx?CaseID=6401015

Mary Ann Digan, one of the plaintiffs, appealed the judgment to the Georgia Court of Appeals on 12/23/2013 where it now sits.

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Don’t Understand No Recourse 4/17/15 – 6:10pm

From: Former Member

Can someone update me on whatever happened to any legal action against Mercer Reynolds/RP as to the membership money ($140 million)?

Or tell me whom to call to get the update.
To this day I still don’t understand how I lost $65,000 to Mercer, yet have no recourse!
On top of that my RE agents told me numerous times that if you bought at RP, the golf membership had to be done on the day of closing, but it was a “deposit” and if we ever sold, we’d get that back. They are at fault as much as MR and myself (for not reading the fine print.)
And, to air it all out, still equally stunned by MetLife telling me I could keep my membership to sell but it had to NO value between me and them, YET they turned around and sold my buyer an new membership for $35,000! Say what! When they didn’t even throw me a bone, I knew people staying there were in for a long struggle.
Thanks!

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Unfair To Taxpayers 4/17/15 – 9:44am

From: Taxpayer Advocate

Having read the Herald Journal article about the possible Georgia State Patrol Post move to Greensboro from Madison, I can’t delay engaging this issue with my elected Board of Commissioners.  I sincerely hope that you will not make any conclusions without substantial diligence and fact-finding.  I strongly support the professionalism of the State Patrol, so my input is from a conservative perspective versus an issue with the GSP.

First, with a facility cost ranging from $1.2-$1.6million for construction all at the expense of the Greene County taxpayer, such a huge expense should be well thought out with numerous public input meetings held throughout the county.  The following non-exclusive list of questions should be addressed:

1. In what verifiable, conclusive, and quantifiable way(s) does the moving of the GSP Post benefit the taxpayers of Greene County to justify the cost that would have to be borne?

2. If the construction cost totals $1.2-$1.6million, will the Greene County taxpayers have to pay additional amounts for IT infrastructure, copiers, computers, furniture, phone system, generator, and other needs to make the facility usable?

3. If the Post is not staffed, how does the location of the Post meaningfully and measurably impact the service and location of the troopers such that the citizens of Greene County benefit more with the Post here than they do now?  What verifiable basis exists now that can be shared and proven to establish that Morgan County residents receive a higher level of service from GSP than other counties in the service area due to the non-staffed Post being located there?  Will GSP confirm, explain, and provide facts to support the theory that Greene County residents will see a higher level of service from them with a Post here than we would without the Post here? Will GSP go on record to confirm that Morgan County receives a higher level of service, or a higher traffic enforcement effort by their troopers, due to the Post being located there as compared to other counties in their service area?

4. Since the GSP already works all of the traffic accident investigations in Greene County, how is our position, or that of our resources improved in any way?

5. We heard for months that the litter on State Highways was the State’s responsibility…why is the facility to house GSP not also the State’s responsibility?

6. If having the Post in your county is such a benefit, and all Morgan County has to do is some renovations to an existing facility at far less in cost than we would face, why is Morgan so willing to let it go?

7. Since there are only “2-3″ troopers on the road at any given time covering 20 counties, how does having a Post in Greene County guarantee us any greater availability of coverage given that these troopers will be required to provide coverage to the whole 20-county area regardless of the location of the Post?

8. GSP has twice before threatened to leave Morgan County as leverage to get something additional from the county, will the same practice be used to hold Greene County “over the barrel”?

9. If Greene County made such a substantial investment, what absolute guarantee would we have that the Post would remain here such that the return on such investment would be fully realized? Will the State provide a written guarantee that the Post will continue to operate as they historically have operated for the next 20 years or so? What prevents the State from consolidating into larger regions as technology affords (the troopers office is their car)?

10. With the notion that the investment is worth it due to increased fine revenue, yet the GSP states that they are not a revenue-generating agency that issues mostly warnings, how can we spend tax dollars relying on such a “pie-in-the-sky” premise?

11. I had heard that a proposed law would divert all of the fine revenue from GSP citations to the State, so if that does happen, we would actually lose revenue…how can we take such a risk?

12. Since the city governments get revenue from traffic citations, will the 5 city governments in Greene County provide funding for this project if it is pursued?

13. The Herald Journal says that a decision will be made in 60 days, will the total cost of the project be made public through public forums before such a decision? Why would we rush to make such a decision as it seems something like this would take years to manifest?

14. Why would this project not be voted upon by the citizens?

15. This project seems a better fit for SPLOST, which would also allow for an element of public vote, so why not include it on the next SPLOST ballot?

16. If coverage at accidents is of concern, why can’t the deputies I see on I-20 all the time be used on the accident scenes to supplement the regular deputies on the road? Don’t we also have other law enforcement personnel that could be utilized in these limited instances such as investigators, administrative officers, other? How will the location of the GSP Post improve this anyway since the Post is not staffed and deputies will still have to respond, do traffic control, and wait on a trooper? Will the arrival of a trooper allow the deputies to leave the accident scene? If not, then how does this constitute any benefit in this regard?

17. Since this is a State function and responsibility, yet fire protection is a local function and responsibility, shouldn’t priority be given to investing in a higher level of fire protection first? Local radio reported that two people died in a house fire last night in Greene County including a young child, are we not overdue in providing better support and resources to the volunteers that work hard to provide an equally important public safety service? Couldn’t paid firefighters help with the traffic at wrecks to free-up deputies and also provide more concentrated local benefit over what a state agency can provide (guarantee)?

18. The whole notion of increased traffic fines to pay for the costs of the Post is questionable in the first place, but wouldn’t the bulk of this money come from Greene County citizens? Wouldn’t this same potential revenue be realizable through enforcement by Greene County law enforcement? At a certain point, better enforcement will amount to compliance and lower revenue, so wouldn’t the law of diminishing returns come into play if relying upon revenue from traffic fines to justify this facility cost?

19. Since the Post is not staffed, why is such a large facility (6500 sq ft) needed?

20. If this is deemed to be so beneficial, why not utilize the building between the Health Department and the Mental Health Department that is under utilized now? I am not sure what is in that building but was told it is owned by the County BOC and rented to some group…can’t that group be removed or relocated? Which is more beneficial, that group or GSP? What about the under-utilized Athens Tech building?

21. Last, but most important, where will such a substantial capital outlay come from? Will the county have to borrow the money? Carrying cost will cause a tax increase for sure, does this project fit into the overall short and long-term priorities that are appropriately weighted in terms of cost versus benefit analysis?  Will this evaluation, list of priorities, and sources of funding be shared publicly so that sharing of perspective can be made through public meetings throughout the county?

I apologize for the length, but hope this helps in your evaluation of this potential venture.  Perhaps the facts will support such a venture, but the facts should be carefully obtained before emotional basis is used to leap down a path. As I may choose to run for office next year, I prefer to remain anonymous for now…needless to say, I am very concerned about the certain, and likely significant tax increase that will result if this project is pursued as it does not appear to be appropriately defensible and beneficial to the taxpayers expected to foot the bill.

Kindest Regards,

A Taxpayer Advocate

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Will Take Whole County 4/17/15 – 9:39am

Author : Jennifer Vaughan

The Board voted on the priorities list and for the most part stuck to what voters passed in the referendum.  Thank you to all who attended the meeting. It is important to stay involved, it will take our whole county to turn our schools around and lower taxes.

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Report on BOE? 4/14/15 – 5:05pm

Author : THE REYNOLDS CURMUDGEON

So…can anyone report join the BoE meeting??????

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BOE Meeting Place 4/13/15 – 2:39pm

Author : Taxpayer
The meetings are in downtown Greensboro. The building is in the right hand side past the high school on the right directly across from the library.

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BOE Where 4/13/15 – 2:15pm

Author : Concerned Taxpayer

I checked the BOE website to see where meetings are held.  It says the CBJ building.  I guess we are supposed to know where that is!  Can anyone inform me with directions, pleas

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BOE Meets Tonight 4/13/15 – 8:35am

From: Jennifer Vaughan

The BOE is having a meeting tonight at 6pm and how to spend ESPLOST  tax dollars is on the agenda.  Whatever your position, the BOE is trying to not follow the referendum that was passed by over 72% of the voters. There is a push to reallocate funds to pet projects of the board members instead of following the guidance of the administrators for each of the schools. This is the reason why we pay so much in taxes, Greene County pays in the top 5% per student, but our schools are in the bottom 10%.

The Board members Cobb and Smith are pushing to get rid of the ESPLOST oversight committee which is made up of taxpayers from across the county and to not allow public comment at their meetings. Hunt in District 3 votes with them so now there will be a majority  to do whatever these members want with our tax dollars.

The entire BOE needs to hear our voices!  The BOE must use the money the way it was intended and lower our property taxes.  The BOE must start following the guidance of the Superintendant and improve the quality of ALL Greene county schools.

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Favoritism 4/13/15 8:30am

Author : THE REYNOLDS CURMUDGEON

A 21 year old man, wise and mature beyond his years, WINs, wire to wire, the greatest; the most prestigious; the most famous;  and most watched sporting event in the world.  Yet the “USA Today” profiles hillary clinton on the front page.

Admittedly JORDAN SPEITH’s photo and comment about his -18 WIN was above the banner.

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Kudos 4/12/15 – 5:17pm

From: Sharon Noonan

Just wanted to give a praise to Bug House, especially
Employee Johnnie. He has done a great job
On both if our properties, which had become infested
With bats and squirrels. Thank you for a job well
Done

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