4 commissioners disavow East F’ville Bypass

File photos of (L) Commissioner Allen McCarty and Chairman Steve Brown.

Last week, several Fayette County commissioners made it clear they are not moving forward with the proposed East Fayetteville Bypass.

Those voices against the project were missing the week before, when county staff made a presentation on the project during the county’s retreat April 5. The presentation noted that the project would exhaust the remaining $28 million in funds left from the county’s transportation sales tax and require another $5.8 million to complete.

The only commission comment made about the bypass at the retreat was in favor of part of the project: Commission Chairman Steve Brown said he favored buying the necessary right of way to take advantage of the low land prices.

That changed Thursday night, after commissioners received a wave of criticism following an article on the project published last week by The Citizen.

Commissioners David Barlow and Allen McCarty each said Thursday they were against the bypass project, which is proposed to start along Ga. Highway 85 north of the Fayette Pavilion and largely follow the length of the existing Corinth Road to reach Ga. Highway 54 West. From there, the road would take a new path to reach the existing County Line Road and the bypass would end at the intersection of County Line, Inman and South Jeff Davis roads.

Commissioner Charles Oddo noted that the bypass proposal is one the county needs to study before making a decision. Commissioner Randy Ognio declined to address the bypass, indicating that his fellow commissioners had said enough to clear up the matter.

Barlow contended that The Citizen’s article created the impression that the commissioners had agreed to proceed with the East bypass “and that couldn’t be further from the truth.”

“My recollection from the workshop Friday was that was just one of many discussions that we had in trying to move forward with what we’re doing as commissioners,” Barlow said.

Commissioner Charles Oddo noted the retreat “was in no way intended to be a meeting in which decisions were made” but was instead a way for the commissioners to learn about the county’s status heading into upcoming budget decisions.

“The East Fayetteville Bypass, SPLOST, all these things are wrapped up in a big ball that we have to unwind,” Oddo said. “... We’re learning what the situation is and then we’re going to start planning and taking action.”

McCarty said he always has been and always will be opposed to spending on both the East Bypass and the West Bypass.

“No bypass is on my agenda, period,” McCarty said. “East, west, north, south, backwards or forwards. Never has been, never will be, unless the citizens of this county step up and tell me that’s what they want. And I represent the citizens of this county.”

McCarty noted that he was elected by citizens because of his stand against the bypass and added that it hasn’t changed.

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Ognio - Declined to address the issue

In other words he didn't get a chance to ask his wife what to say or she is forbidding him from talking.

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ogino

you hit the nail on the head husband and fat

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Faith, Family & Fayette County

Last evening I spoke with John Munford during a break at the PTC Council meeting and asked him how someone can "disavow" when no "vow" was made?

I then gave him a quote: "I vow to love the Lord our God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my mind"; "I vow to love my wife, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her"; "I vow to serve Fayette County citizens and to treat each one with dignity and respect".

Here's the link to the completed video of Phil Mallon discussing the status of the EFB: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiCxY0Tx0eg

Should you have any questions please call me at 770-722-6820
Thank you, DBarlow

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Mr. Barlow - How about buying it (but just not paying for it)?

Since Mr. Barlow has extensive experience in obtaining goods and property without actually paying for them, perhaps he can secure the land and construction for free! Jesus seems always so eager to bail him out of those pesky issues surrounding financial integrity. His fiscal history demonstrates why Mr. Barlow's vows are as bankable as Confederate dollars.

Truth is stranger than fiction!

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Sometimes the truth is indeed stranger than fiction

You nailed it.

Don't forget our esteemed commissioner Allen McCarty and his tax liens that had nothing to do with his RV; he just wasn't paying his bills on time. Nice work if you can get it. Kiss the Bost ring and get elected no matter if you haven't shown a damn bit of fiscal responsibility in your own life like Rev. Barlow or McCarty.

This current group of clowns demanded this and that and were highly upset at their predecessors despite the fact that you have one big deadbeat currently on commission and another who couldn't pay his taxes on time and had the IRS on his backside. Then you have a commission chair who hasn't had a job in God knows how long and just what could go wrong?

I'm excluding Oddo and Ognio from this rant because they have actually shown something that made them worthy of getting to be elected LEADERS instead of the clowns mentioned above. Don't let me down, guys.

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DBarlow: Seriously?

How about "I'm against the EFB for this reason, that reason, etc?" Wouldn't that have been simpler than the God-club once again? It's not a religious issue.

I applaud your stance against the EFB at least :)

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Nuk: Mr. Barlow and Deflection

When someone is not smart enough to deal an issue they deflect it. He uses god as his crutch.

There is a pattern here.
1. Can't pay bills, file bankruptsy
2. Can't figure out budgeting - Call for a Splost

He is nothing more then Fayette Counties Pied Piper of Prayer. Perhaps he can stop interviewing church leaders for the invocation and learn how to budget.

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Mr Barlow

Would you at least explain the Commission Chairman's position of favoring the purchase of property for the EFB since he has suddenly become very quiet about the subject?

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Mr. King

If you want to get a response from Mr. Barlow, you probably have to rephrase the question. Perhaps you should ask him "Is Jesus telling you to buy the land or not? and why?"

We all know he can't make a decision himself.

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oops

oops now they are back pedaling