Not IT!

Conspiracy in the ranks

As a follow-up to yesterday’s rift between the some of the members of the Flowery Branch council (Miller and Richards) and their commissioner, I had asked that you e-mail any information that you may know about the soap opera between the Mayor and Commissioner and I think we have something interesting.

The e-mail, from a loyal truth reader, described a situation that caught me a little off guard because it was not about the Mayor, it was about Councilmember Richards. The author, who has asked to remain anonymous, said that they felt the reason why Councilmember Richards was against Flowery Branch taking over the sewer plant had to do with her employer, Rochester and Associates. The theory is that Rochester and Associates does engineering work for the county of the sewer system and that if the city took over the operations, the city would use their contractor for any needed engineering work, leaving Rochester and Associates out in the cold. Well, that was a tasty morsel, but I don’t think it is very filling.

One of my Gainesville friends puts the blame on the city manager, Bill Andrew. His thinking is that Mr. Andrew barely kept his job and that Mr. Andrew doesn’t want the extra responsibility or spotlight. When I asked what this had to do with Miller and Richards, he replied that those were the two that most supported Andrew and they would follow him anywhere.

The Andrew angle is interesting because the e-mail from Lutz yesterday indicated that they he had 4 votes to get Flowery Branch to move forward with the proposal to the county. In looking at the article from January 5, I am interested to see what happens now. We know that Mr. Andrew kept his job by a 3-2 margin. At least two of the people that voted to keep him are also supportive in having Flowery Branch bid for the Hall County sewer work. This looks to be a difficult time on the city council because the leadership of the group is in question. Will it be the Miller, Richards, Andrew team in the winner’s circle or will the Fetterman, Swafford, Anglin, Yardley group cross the line first?

Hugh Hall County Akston

  4 comments for “Not IT!

  1. jbuster
    April 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Mr. Truth, was the friend in Sterling on the Lake Comm. Lutz or not, because yesterday you state that a friend sent you the info, now today you state that the email from Lutz stated( in your last paragraph) you tell us that it was LUTZ that sent you the info on the riff. Is he playing both sides of the fence, would that not be a hoot if he is….jb

    • Hugh Akston
      April 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      The original e-mail that was forwarded to me was written by Commissioner Lutz and sent to my friend, with carbon copies to all of the city council members. I assume that it was sent to a lot of people in a blind copy manner. The second e-mail with the scoop about Councilmember Richards did not come from Lutz, but was a reply to some of my follow up questions about the relationship between Lutz and the Mayor.

      However, it would be funny if Lutz was playing both sides of the fence. I know that he has a relationship with some of the members of the Flowery Branch city council.

      If Lutz would like to provide some insight or dirt, he can e-mail me his comments at hugh.akston@hallcountytruth.com or just reply below. That goes for the Mayor as well….

  2. Sassy
    April 7, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I just saw the other piece. Hugh, can we just hire you to report local news? It seems we get more out of you. Perhaps we can get you a press pass?

    • Hugh Akston
      April 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      My contract with the truth has a non compete clause.

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