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  • Saturday, February 06, 2010

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    Refreshments and Door prizes

    Our meeting will be at the Whitewater Creek Amenity Center Clubroom starting at 7pm After entering the main gate make an immediate right turn, toward the pool and a left turn into the parking lot, and it will be on the bottom floor toward the pool.

    Any Questions you can contact:
    Ruth Williams 770-460-6054


    The Democratic Party has always stood for openness and inclusion, both in politics and in government. It is in that spirit that we are presenting to the voters of Fayette County our platform on local issues. We believe that one party control has lasted long enough in Fayette County and we look forward to offering the citizens a viable alternative from which to choose.

    1. Representation
    As growth in Fayette County continues, we feel that the governmental structure of the count needs to be altered so as to represent all segments of our population. The current system of electing three commissioners from districts and two commissioners at-large (i.e.-from the county as a whole) serves to under-represent significant portions of the county. Therefore, we offer the following proposal:
    The Fayette County commission should be made up of five (5) Commissioners, all of whom should be elected from districts wherein they reside.

    2. Openness
    One of the major shortcomings of all local governmental units in Fayette County is that they operate largely out of sight from the citizens of the county. While it is true that government officials, the technology exists to make government much more visible and accessible. Therefore, we offer the following proposal:
    Fayette County should utilize the four local access channels currently available to televise local government meeting and post minutes from prior meetings on their websites and in local newspapers.

    3. Responsible Growth
    Environmental and Quality of Life issues continue to plague all governmental units in Fayette County. The citizens often voice the feeling that government does not listen and is destroying what we have that makes Fayette County such a wonderful place to live. We feel that the current administrations are not doing an adequate job of planning for future growth; therefore, greatly impacting our environment. Our land usage, water usage and traffic maintenance is being ignored for the sake of commercial and residential development. Therefore, we propose the following:
    All governmental units in Fayette County should utilize the Fayette County Development Authority to better manage residential, commercial, and industrial growth within the county, taking into account both the economic and environmental impact of growth on the existing infrastructure.

    4. Crime Prevention
    Along with growth, there is a real concern on the part of citizens regarding the increased crime within Fayette County. We feel that while an increased law enforcement presence is certainly a primary approach to the immediate crime problem, education is the key to dealing with the cause of crime. Therefore we propose the following:
    All government units in Fayette County should increase their focus on developing ways to increase the law enforcement presence within the county, as well as educating the community with regard to the causes of crime and what crime prevention efforts can be taken in the citizens’ immediate neighborhoods.

    5. Transportation
    We preface this section by stating that we are opposed to the construction of the TDK Extension, as it provides no benefits for the citizens of Fayette County.
    Growth also leads directly to transportation issues. As the Atlanta Metro Area struggles with air quality issues related to increased automobile transportation, Fayette County Government have not done enough to encourage and support to help manage problems associated with such transportation. We are the only county in the metro area that has not signed on the Metro Area Transit Plan. Therefore we propose the following:
    a. Fayette County should endorse the Metro Area Transit Plan and actively seek methods to decrease the number of automobile trips taken by citizen.
    b. Fayette County should immediately develop a
    transit plan comprehensive (road, rail, bus and etc.)
    for future development.
    c. All government units in Fayette County should
    actively and aggressively pursue changing their
    vehicle fleets to alternate fuel vehicles.

    We hope that the citizens of Fayette County will take the time to reflect on these proposals: Fayette County is a great place to live and we, of the Democratic Party, look forward to working with all citizens to insure that our county continues to prosper.

    Here is a way to help Fayette County Democratic Committee:

    Go out to eat at these Restaurants:

    El Reposo Mexican Restaurants, Season Tickets Restaurant and Tour De Italy Restaurant


    save the actual bill, (not the credit card receipt)

    Then turn the bills in at the next Fayette County Democratic Committee meeting.

    The owners will give us % of the total of food.

    Some links from the Fayette County Democratic Party:

    Georgia for Democracy - http://www.georgiafordemocracy.org
    Young Democrats of Georgia - http://www.georgiayds.org
    Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition - http://www.gpjc.org
    Planned Parenthood of Georgia - http://www.ppga.org

    Fayette Democratic Women
    Normal Monthly meeting: 3rd Saturday 9am to 10:30
    Starbucks 130 Peachtree East Shopping Center, Hwy 54

    Find events in Fayette County, GA from Fayette Democrats and Fayette County NAACP


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