anneofgreengables

anneofgreengables 1 year, 1 month ago on City paves way for new businesses

Well the city commissioner's think once again that if you pay someone a lot of money that they must know what they are doing. They passed the new ordinances regarding personal care homes with vague language which will continue to be a good excuse for planning and code enforcemnet not to be able to interpret the code or ordinances for any meaningful enforcement! Let's see if even the vague new ordinances are followed or enforced. Who is going to tell Mr. Bailey that the 910 North Davis doesn't meet the distance requirement from the already existing Englewood Personal Care Home on Madison. Remember Mr. Forgey, the Planning Commission interpreted your distance requirement to include alleys ways, paved or unpaved as a means or route to measure distance. I have it on tape (the recorded transcript) just in case you forget when reviewing his application for OTC. I notice you forget a lot of things Mr. Forgey, like why the Planning Commission wanted the Appeals language stricken from the ordinance language and the Non conforming language put back in. When the city commissioners asked you in the work session "Did the Planning Commission give reason why they wanted this language deleted or put back in?" Your answer "No, I don't recall" I recall a lengthy passionate discussion by the Planning Commission as to why they wanted that language taken out. Dear Planning Commission you are not being represented very accurately or truthfully by your "highly paid staff." Dear City Commissioners, wake the heck up! Mr. Forgey doesn't even live in Albany, he lives where? Thomasville. Thomasville seems to be well on its way to a revitalized downtown with well defined, beautifully restored neighborhoods. He doesn't have to live in the blight or free for all living conditions we Albanians are subject to and he just made dang sure that these new ordinances had no teeth with which any enforcement could be sunken into.

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anneofgreengables 1 year, 2 months ago on HOPE GPA change gives technical colleges a boost

A period of learning to study? That is the best excuse yet for dumbing down our society. What about the previous 12 years they spent in school prior to Technical school. They didn't learn to read, write or math and now after 12 years of a free education we have to continue to pay and dumb down requirments because they need a peiord of learning how to study?????? Unbelievable!!!!!

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anneofgreengables 1 year, 2 months ago on No free passes; tough decisions part of job

Secondly, the moratorium was not extended by anything that I said as the representative for Rawson Circle/Palmyra Heights in Tuesday night's Commission meeting, but it was motioned for an extension by Mr. Marrietta because there were several changes that Mr. Forgey brought to the board for a vote that were different than what had been discussed in the work session, one example was the way Mr. Forgey's ordinance purposed to measure the 1000 ft distance between personal care homes in a neighborhood. These changes were never brought to the public as they should be and Mr. Marietta was right to extend the moratorium so the public can be apprised of the new definitions he was proposing for the first time that night.

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anneofgreengables 1 year, 2 months ago on No free passes; tough decisions part of job

Mr. Fletcher, I don't know where to begin with your false/misleading reporting here. First, the home in question already lies within a designated historic district status. So we were not asking that, "The neighborhood group came before the local governing board again and not only requested that research be done to determine if their neighborhood qualified for historic status (which would not preclude care homes from operating here), their representative belittled the work of government staff", as you report, which is what Mr. Forgey couldn't grasp either and why I guess to you I appeared to be belittling him, because we had already met with him and he still didn't understand what we were talking about and was trying to argue something that was not an issue-- historic designation. We were asking that the moratorium be extended so that, the downtown manager Aaron Blair, who is well versed in "design overlays" that would help protect the character and safety of the downtown neighborhoods that are vital to the revitalization of downtown Albany, work with Mr. Forgey, who in a meeting with me admitted he was not well versed in these "design overlays". Design overlays allow for additional ordinances that define and protect areas such as the overlays done by Mr. Blair in the "Old Northside Historic District." It does not keep personal care homes out of neighborhoods, which is not what we are fighting, but can dictate certain design overlays with respect to parking lots, dumpsters and design overlays to protect the residential character etc... . If you yourself, Mr. Fletcher would actually perform some journalistic duties here (this may be a little too much to ask) and do a little research yourself, you may be able to report on this with a little more honesty and may find that a wholelistic view on the downtown proper of Albany is not a bad idea. The fact that the existing ordinances have not been reviewed in twenty years is reason enough to make sure we do this right, right now.

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anneofgreengables 1 year, 2 months ago on No free passes; tough decisions part of job

Continued from earlier post: Thirdly, while I have personally caught three would be burgerlars at the end of my 357 magnum pistol, watched my son who is severly disabled struggle for two semesters at Darton College draggin himself around on forearm crutches because his wheel chair was stolen off our front porch, listened to my son cry because his obviously made for a disabled child bicycle was stolen out of our front yard when he was a little boy and he couldn't ride a bike anymore with his sisters, subdued a mentally hanicapped person that proceeded to throw a brick in my across the street neighbors home at their 11 year old child who was reading a book on the couch and then the mentally derranged person proceeded to strip naked in front of the child and neighbors front yard, whom, by-the-way had walked away from their personal care home several blocks away, I have never nuetered anyone. At most, I made the would be burglars wet their pants. But you can bet your last nickle, that I will fight until my last dying breath for the downtown I call home and grew up in, for the neighborhood that I have raised my children in, and for the area surrounding my neighborhood as this is where we live, work, shop, play and worship. We have no problem with Mr. Bailey's residents who will occupy his personal care home BUSINESS, but I have fought for the rights of my disabled child for the last twenty years and I can guarantee you Mr. Fletcher, it is not the disabled any of us should be concerned with it is those that PROFIT off the disabled. Those that cut corners on the security and personal care provided to these residents. Those that come in a buy or rent in economically depressed areas, without regard to the location and safety of the residents who will be living there, merely watching out for the lining of his pockets. If Mr. Bailey was concerned about his residents he should be working with us to make sure his consumers will be living in a neighborhood that is well defined, well protected from encroaching business and other entities that will reduce the integrity of the neighborhood and in doing so he will secure the intended outcome of having a neighborhood for the disabled and able-bodied to enjoy. So, Mr. Bailey and Mr. Fletcher, when the ordinaces and hopefully overlays are put in place that will protect the integrity, character and safety of our neighborhood and your residents move in, you bet they will be treated with all the kindness and neighborly love that this neighborhood offers, we will be by daily to visit and check on our new neighbors and we will be watching to make sure that you and your staff are taking the utmost of care and following every protocol you and your staff are required to follow, Federal, State and Local laws and ordinances for the sweetest most vulnerable of our new neighbors. YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK!

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anneofgreengables 1 year, 2 months ago on No free passes; tough decisions part of job

Mr. Fletcher, I don't know where to begin with your false/misleading reporting here. First, the home in question already lies within a designated historic distict status. So we were not asking that,as you report, which is what Mr. Forgey couldn't grasp either and why I guess to you I appeared to be belittleing him, because we had already met with him and he still didn't understand what we were talking about and was trying to argue something that was not an issue-- historic designation. We were asking that the moratorium be extended so that, the downtown manager Aaron Blair, who is well versed in "design overlays" that would help protect the character and safety of the downtown neighborhoods that are vital to the revitalization of downtown Albany, work with Mr. Forgey, who in a meeting with me admitted he was not well versed in these "design overlays". Design overlays allow for additional ordinaces that define and protect areas such as the overlays done by Mr. Blair in the "Old Northside Historic Distric." It does not keep personal care homes out of neighborhoods,which is not what we are fighting, but can dictate certain design overlays with repect to parking lots, dumpsters and design overlays to protect the residential character etc... . If you yourself, Mr. Fletcher would actually perform some journalistic duties here (this may be a little too much to ask) and do a little research yourself, you may be able to report on this with a little more honesty and may find that a wholelistice view on the downtown proper of Albany is not a bad idea. The fact that the existing ordinances have not been reviewed in twenty years is reason enough to make sure we do this right. Secondly, the moratorium was not extended by anything that I said, but it was motioned for an extension by Mr. Marrietta because there were several changes that Mr. Forgey brought to the board for a vote that were different than what had been discussed in the work session, one example was the way Mr. Forgey's ordinace purposed to measure the 1000 ft distance between personal care homes in a neighborhood. These changes were never brought to the public as they should be and Mr. Marietta was right to extend the moratorium so the public can be appraised of the new definitions he was proposing for the first time that night.

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