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Opinion: Forsyth GOP Calls Mayor's Water Shutoff Threat Heavy-Handed

The Republican Party calls upon local residents to remind elected officials on Cumming City Council and Forsyth Board of Commissioners that they were elected to serve the public.

A letter from the Forsyth County Republican Party:

The Forsyth County Republican Party (FCRP) is committed to the principle of limited, accountable government whose sole purpose is to serve our citizens – it has no other purpose – and water service is one of the most basic and important services our governments provide. Therefore, the FCRP Executive
Committee calls on the City of Cumming and Forsyth County to work together to resolve the dispute over the water supply Actions by either side intended to thwart such cooperation harms everyone.

We consider Cumming Mayor Ford Gravitt's and the Cumming City Council's recent threat to shut off the raw water supply to the County to be a heavy-handed tactic that is completely contrary to the spirit of cooperation we expect from our elected officials. This behavior has no place in a reasonable dispute between two governing entities, and we call on the Mayor and the City Council to discontinue this tactic immediately.

The FCRP reminds both the City and the County that their respective water departments are not for-profit businesses. Both should seek to minimize the overall cost of providing water to the citizens of the City and County and to divide those costs according to usage. Any excess revenue should be used for agreed upon improvements or returned to the citizens.

The water issue is one of several extremely important issues concerning services provided by our government and our tax dollars. We challenge every citizen to go to the City Council Meetings and the County Commission Meetings and to voice their opinions about the water situation and other issues as
they arise.

Our elected officials are there to serve the public, and to be good stewards of our tax dollars. It is every citizen’s responsibility to remind them of this.

Lance White August 30, 2012 at 03:35 AM
It might be a heavy handed tactic but it got your attention. Lately this seems to be the only way to get the commisioners of this county to listen to the citizens of this county. Maybe more people should try this to get the commisioners to listen to their side of the story.
RELENTLESS August 30, 2012 at 04:21 PM
To the Republican Party: Where have you been these last 35-40 years while the mayor has effectively screwed the residents of the county thru his control of the F/C Commission? Why did you not speak out while this was transpiring? Now that a couple of county commissioners are actually gaining traction and beginning to reclaim Forsyth County for our residents, you are asking the county to back off a little in order to let the mayor back in the game. Your proclamation for "Cumming and Forsyth County to work together" is about 30 years too late.
Ron Seder August 30, 2012 at 06:29 PM
The FCRP Executive Committee asks the city and county to reason together to come to a good solution on the water contract situation. I have never seen the city (Ford Gravitt) take a reasonable position on anything when he has the advantage, which he usually has had for the past thirty years. Political influence in the state, restrictions of the Tri-States water wars law suits and having a majority of County Commissioners unfairly doing the Mayor’s bidding have allowed the Mayor to continue to exercise monopolistic extortion powers in this water contract situation. That is unfair and should not be allowed to continue. I am convinced that the county must take legal action now if it is to achieve fair treatment in this situation, but I think we have three County Commissioners (a majority) who, because of their allegiance to the Mayor, will not agree to initiate and/or follow through with legal action. I also believe the Mayor will use the majority of County Commissioners obligated to him and the water contract issue as leverage in the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) negotiations to again get a much larger share for the city than is fair.
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Richard Ward September 01, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Jody Do you think the same people are active in the Party now that were running it 30 years ago? Come to some of our meetings and you might find out how things work. We elect officers every 2 years. The current leadership is trying to do what is best for our County. Come and help us instead of blaming us for things that happened before any of us even lived in the County. Richard Ward
Jack Gleason September 01, 2012 at 10:54 AM
R.W.: It is only apparent that the GMC (Good Mayor of Cumming) and it's "City Councilmen" enjoy a rein-of-power that is used to influence Forsyth County political activity for the simple fact they've been doing it now in excess of a collective 150 years -- just count 'em up! Heck, even when I see this I wonder why I'm not a supporter of "Term Limits"! Look finer into the very threads that makeup the fabric of ALL "Local Government" -- from "Chairman" to "Appointee" to "Employee" -- and you'll find the variety of their various surnames threaded throughout that of ALL Local Government -- City and County -- and the Chamber of Commerce too...that in and of itself isn't unnecessarily a bad thing, especially in consideration of what extent it pervades HERE. Prudent scrutiny only invites "Sunshine" in the questioning of what extent such "family participation in government" comes to amount to having procured "Influence" in at least SOME degree of crony capitalism.
SOGTP September 01, 2012 at 10:56 AM
While I applaud the FCRP getting involved, this "call" or whatever it is has no umpf. Also I don't remember this coming before the County Committee, which would probably result in a much harsher call against the City of Cumming crime family.
Jack Gleason September 01, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Then let's just put some UMPF! into it: Courthouse Square @ 2 P.M. Sunday September 16, 2012 will become a rally of concerned Forsyth County resident-citizens wishing to express themselves -- be it "Celebration" or "Disdain" for where this "Water Contract" situation has comes to either threat OR resolve what should be the Public Health, Safety, and Welfare concerns of ALL Forsyth County Citizen-Residents and Business -- this depending upon what action and/or in-action Our local Government has effected at that time and date. Or don't, stay-home, and otherwise be that "stick-in-the-mud" part 'n parcel to the real problem EVERYONE acknowledges is at-hand: LACK OF KNOWLEDGEABLE-CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT Lest We remain just like the T-Shirt says: "The Problem is Obvious" : ?
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