Incumbent county commissioners did not seem to do so well this last November; but one survived the election. I do not understand why the citizens of West Hall County (from Oakwood in the South to Murrayville in the North) vote for a guy who does nothing for the area, but they did. Come January first Billy Powell will start his third term as Commissioner of District 2.
For this I say, be careful what you ask for because you just might get it.
Billy Powell, in my opinion, has been the most corrupt commissioner Hall County has ever had. I believe that he regularly uses his position to gain personally and financially. Need examples? I’ll give you a couple: he was the real estate agent on the property at the corner of Price Rd and Thompson Bridge (By the way that property is about to go before the commission again for rezoning. I wonder how he will vote.) 2- The property he and Tom Oliver bought from Wachovia across from the bridge to no where; 3- the property he was the agent on that put Fire Station 15 and paved the road for his client; 4- the property he was the agent on for the hotel behind Long Horn on Brown’s Bridge Rd; etc…
Now Billy Powell is working against the citizens of Hall County trying to have Gainesville provide sewer to the 365 development. Why and how is he working against the citizens he is supposed to represent? One reason, I believe, is that he does not care about the citizens. He just got re-elected and voters have short memories. So he gets to do what he wants for the next 2 ½ to 3 years. Another reason is that one of his best friends on Earth is Kelly Randall (and Billy doesn’t have a long list of people he calls friend) the director of Gainesville Water and Sewer. Why is Gainesville doing the sewer a problem? If the City does the sewer it opens the door for Gainesville to annex the project; sure they say they won’t now, (they’ve said that before) but who knows in the future.
The City of Gainesville is constantly looking for ways to annex commercial property. Just look at what they are doing on the city islands, amazing they are only annexing commercial properties. Why does the city only want commercial property? Easy, it’s all about money. But I’ll write on this topic at a later date.