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The Other Side of the Story

Stop Election Apathy

A Call to Arms

The Other Side of the Story

All of us at The Dovetail Companies, the developer, care also and that is why we plan to create a high-quality community that preserves the property’s beautiful natural characteristics. We’d like to clarify key points raised in the article “Gaps in the Forest” [Nov. 10].

• Our company thoroughly researched whether the Rose Property included historical features from the Civil War that would, of course, merit preservation. Through our architectural firm, we engaged the respected cultural resource management firm New South Associates to perform a two-day, on-site reconnaissance by a public service archeologist who specializes in historical evaluations. The public service archeologist found no physical evidence from the Civil War. In particular, what may appear to some as earthworks were in fact determined to be the result of plowing and unrelated to the war.

• The article states that “developer Dave Mulkey, of Dovetail Development…told neighbors he would leave as much as three-quarters of the property alone.” I did not make such a statement.  In response to questions from the neighbors about how much of the tract would be developed, I said that as a rough approximation, there would be a “50-50” split between developed and preserved land. I continue to take great pride in our plan for the tract, because I strongly feel that it allows for high-quality development while preserving the site’s natural beauty.

• We’re puzzled that anyone would think our company is not concerned about the project’s impact on the community. Knowing how important it is, we made a presentation to the Cherokee Bluffs condominium association and we feel we have been attentive and responsive to questions about the project. We would be happy to give a guided tour of the property to anyone who would like to see what we are doing firsthand.

• We don’t agree that our company’s reputation in Georgia, where we are headquartered is “not extremely flattering.” We are very proud of our reputation. I have personally overseen the development of over 20 projects, and only one has ever received a notice of violation. It was received several years ago during a severe drought while we were working on ways to control runoff at a development in Athens, Ga. We willingly invested quite a bit of money into installing irrigation systems, a well and more to solve the problem. I believe our record shows the great care that I and my team take with our work.

• Just to be sure that the project is clear to everyone—it’s a two-phased endeavor. The first phase, which is now underway, is the development of about 20 acres on the south side of Cherokee Trail as luxury condominium townhomes, flats and cottages for college students. Zoning and permitting is completed for the first phase, which is located in the county. The second phase, on about 85 acres on the north side of Cherokee Trail in the city, will be developed as upscale non-student housing, with much of the land preserved in its natural state.

We appreciate the opportunity to clarify these issues.

David R. Mulkey, Jr.

 

Stop Election Apathy

Without going into broader issues of socio-political theory, I would like to express my frustration to the local politicians and media about the recent city council election. I’m reading more complaining about voter turnout than I did about campaigning, and I can’t resist adding my two cents.

Granted, I missed what little news there was during the campaign because I don’t read the daily paper. But I was disappointed that even Metro Pulse had only one editorial recommending which candidates I should vote for.In truth, I would rather have reporting than editorializing—something you have indeed done in past elections.

The reality is that politics is now big business; we have gotten used to mayoral, state and federal candidates spending obscene amounts of money to get our attention and/or our votes. It is not reasonable for mere city council candidates to operate with those kinds of budgets. But since they don’t, we simply don’t notice them. It is up to the media and the candidates doing grassroots work to inform us.

Basically, all I knew about most of the candidates was what I had previously read or heard about the incumbents, though your article about Julia Tucker did prompt me to write her in, even though I knew she couldn’t possibly win. The only information or requests for my vote from other candidates consisted of yard signs and post cards. Those forms of campaign literature tell me absolutely nothing about the candidates, and though I knew that Ellen Adcock was the kind of person I would like to have representing me on City Council, I almost didn’t vote for her because of the insult. Not one person knocked on my door, or even walked up my sidewalk to hang something on my doorknob.

I am surely being petulant, but if the City Council candidates don’t care enough about us to truly court our votes, why should we care about them? And if the media only get excited about elections when there is a hot mayoral contest, how are we supposed to find out anything?

All that said, I’m not sure that I agree that low voter turn-out in an off-year City Council election is a bad thing. It is certainly to no one’s benefit to whine and complain once it has happened, unless we move from that to changing the whole dynamic of public education and political participation. It is obvious that the people who don’t care are willing to let those who do care make their decisions for them. And we certainly don’t want uneducated, uninformed citizens making political decisions for us all, do we? Oops, now I’ve begun a discussion of the last presidential election.…

Charles Barber

( Editor’s note: Actually, Metro Pulse published three Editorials endorsing City Council candidates—Sept. 8, Sept. 22 and Oct. 13. )

 

A Call to Arms

Dane Baker

 

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