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Fugitive Bobby Smith captured December 9, 2013
I never said that the Bailey's shouldnt make money and I nor anyone else have said that they were not. That is what conducting business is for. But read my comment more closely. what I said is refering to physical location of the home. It is a home and it is treated as so. There are no signs no offices nothing to make them appear any different from any other residence in the neighborhood. The bussiness offices are at a totally different location. I am not trying to split hairs over the wording of this but Agirl if you own rental homes and you enter a contract with a tenant to rent your home you are providing a service and in reality you are conducting a business which you are required to have a license for. But all of this is still besides the point of what this article was about. This issue is about whether or not the city commissioners and planning and zoning have violated any federal laws dealing with fair housing. In cases such as this where Bailey Health Care had already applied for permits, met with the individuals and thier families that the state had assigned to live in this home long before the moritorium was put in place and the ordinances were approved, reasonable accomodations must be considered. Besides why should the city commission have the power to tell people where they cannot live just because they cannot live on their own.
Ok let me say first i should have said the DOJ enforces the laws which were wrote way back in 1999 which applied to all states not just georgia. And the Bazelon Center never sued the state of georgia. A settlement was reached by the DOJ and the state of georgia around 2007 to close mental hospitals and place the individuals in community based living arrangements which should have happened way back in 1999. The DOJ is looking into this particualr case becuase there may have not been reasonable accomodations made. Maybe you should study these words carefully and research how they are used this particular case before commenting on this any further. Also these are not businesses they are homes and are treated as so. They have no signs, no offices, no dumpsters or anything else that makes them look or function any different from any other home in the neighborhood. Would you call rental companies homes a business? There are rental homes all over the place and the people living in them are not always related. There is no difference. I dont know what the residents fear but a well maintained home with four individuals who cannot take care of themselves through no fault of their own living in it should not be a worry. This town has bigger problems. Also there has never been any shady business practices by Bailey Health Care. They have one of the highest ratings for personal care in this region. It has always been run by the book and always met or went above and beyond state compliance which is reviewed on regular basis. Everyone has opinions but not everyone has the facts.
It is amazing that so many people in this town ar willing to blindly comment on issues they have little or no knowloge on. Their comments show it. I have been personly involved in this issue since day one and the Baileys have not contacted anyone seekeing leagal help of anykind me neither for that matter. And Mr bailey is correct when he says Nathan Davis filed for the variance. Not the Bailey's. Also If everyone would do some research they would find that the DOJ has made investigations in several states and filed suits against many cities for very simialr cases.They dont have watchdogs or some tip line they watch cases like this because it was the DOJ that has started these community living arrangements. They are the ones who wrote the law on this and they want to make sure that local laws and ordinances are not in any conflict of the federal. But there are a lot of people in this town who love the controversy and just wants nothing more than to say someting is red when everyone eslse says its black. So please before you comment do a little resarch so you dont sound so dumb. Also if you are the Rawson Circle people who live nowhere near this home but speak out against it , yes I know where you live, but thats not the point be brave enough to put the real reason why you dont want this home in the area and dont use property values as an excuse. I mean you have crack houses closer to you than this potential personal care home. I can post photos if you like. So how could this be a bad thing .Put your real reasons in there. Paul Forgy has already proven no negative impacts on the neighborhood, proprty values or traffic.
If you want to shoot from the hip like so many in Albany do then go ahead. You can say what you want. But when you know the facts it show just how stupid and ignorant so many people in this town are.
I MUST AGREE. THIS IS INVASION OF PRIVACEY. THESE THINGS MEAN LESS REAL POLICE WORK FOR AN ALREADY LAZY POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE LEGAL DOES NOT MEAN THAT THESE SCANNERS DO NOT COLLECT YOUR INFORMATION. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU GOT A TICKET IN THE MAIL ONE DAY JUST BECAUSE YOU FORGOT TO RENEW YOUR LICENSE OR YOUR INSURACE PAYMENT GOT LOST IN THE MAIL.
THE POINT IS THIS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF OUR GOVERNMENT TELLING US HOW WE WILL LIVE AND WHAT WE WILL DO. BELIEVE ME THESE THINGS WILL END UP ON EVERY CORNER AND EVERY STREETLIGHT AND EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT SCANNED GOING DOWN THE ROAD THESE COMPUTERS WILL KNOW WHEN YOUR REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL EXPIRE.
A million dollars should be enough money to remove the top thirty feet of dirt and contanimates from that site. I am sure that the contractor in charge of removal cut short to save money or was just minimaly qualified for the job. He should be investigated rather than the taxpayers forking out another 200,000. Also more attention should go back to fighting to recover some funds from the previous owners. I know that they were well aware of the soil conditions or else they would not have been so generous to get rid of the property. Our leaders need to learn that if something seems too good to be true it ALWAYS is!
I am a fan using some form of green energy, but i would really love to know what these panels cost. Ultimatly they were paid for by taxpayer money so should that not be made public? The ARRA funding should go to long term projects which help to provide jobs. These types of projects do nothing to help the community as a whole and I am really not to happy about WG&L picking up the remainder of tab. It would seem only fair that the ARA and WG&L would also pay to install thes panels throuought Albany to save the rate payers and tax payers 10 to 15% per year on our utilities. In my opinion this is a poor example to local business becuase if they want this form of green energy they do not have the luxury of public funding. The last time I checked the solar panels are very expensive and the cost of paying out of pocket did not justify the savings or else I would have done this a long time ago.
This is a topic that should not even be talked about. Downtown Albany aready has several venues for outdoor activities and the sad part is that our city cannot manage to have more than one or two events a year in these places and the events that do happen only draw the attention of certian groups. The last thing we need is to spend more money on something just so we can say we have it. We have a civic center that does nothing but host an arena football team. Never see any new entertainment there. The ampitheater has maybe one or two shows a year and that includes marti gras. Turtle park and the aquairium which other than school field trips may draw once or twice a year visitors. The point is that all of these places require tax payer money to maintain and only a small group of taxpayers really get any benefit from them. We need to start spending money on things that will benefit the community as a whole and start making use of the places we have. As for the bridge if you want it to be there petition to let it stay the way it is or start asking for private funding to maintaine it. My guess is people will then decide bridge just has to go!
WHATS THE REASON FOR THIS? IS THIS GOING TO SAVE THE RATEPAYERS MONEY? WHY IS WG&L TRYING TO HIDE THIS DEAL FROM THE RATE PAYERS? THATS JUST THREE QUESTIONS I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ANSWERED.
The sad part is the city is actually doing greenbriar holdings a favor. I am greatful to see it torn down but not under these terms. The taxpayers are going to flip a million dollar tab for demo and if the city files a lein one day we might end up with a peice of property worth only around one hundred thousand if that much. Green briar holdings should have been fined every month for the past several years for letting the property get so delapidated. After closing my business down I still have to keep up the vacant building and property I own or I get fined by code enforcement . This is a total waste of taxpayer money and it is beyond me as to why our city leaders are letting greenbriar holdings to get out of this as easy as they are. Wasnt it said that the building was a blight and a danger to the public safety? Why is greenbriar not being held more liable?!!!
I HAVE TO AGREE. LEE COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT IS DIFFICULT TO WORK WITH. AS FAR AS THE TAINTED MEAT GOES I THINK THAT THIS WAS A CASE WHERE THE HERALD WAS EAGER TO PRINT ASTORY EVEN WITHOUT SOLID FACTS.IF ANYBODY HAS EVER BEEN TO A MEAT PROCESSOR YOU KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF FOUL ODORS, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE HERALD IS PUSHING THE ENVELOPE OF SLANDER AT THIS POINT ESPECIALLY IF IT TURNS OUT THE THE MEAT IS NOT TAINTED. MR. WRIGHT IS NOT A HEALTH INSPECTOR AND IN A CASE SUCH AS THIS I THINK IT IS RESPONSIBLE TO WAIT ON THE FINDINGS FROM THE DNR BEFORE COMMENTING. THIS JUST DOES SEEM TO BE RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM.
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