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Loganville Councilman Resigns Committee Appointment After Spat With Mayor

Councilman Mike Jones resigned his appointment as chair to the Public Works / Buildings and Grounds committees at Monday’s City Council work session after a dispute with Mayor Ray Nunley.

Snellville City Council meetings have always been contentious - not so Loganville. However, that wasn’t the case on Monday. A dispute between Mayor Ray Nunley and Councilman Mike Jones ended with Jones resigning his appointments to chair the city's Public Works / Building and Grounds committee.

The issue began last week when Nunley called a meeting of Public Works / Building and Grounds committee to discuss how to use the $2 million from Walton County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Although he chairs the committee, Jones was not in attendance. The item was put on Monday’s work session agenda, but was assigned to Public Safety, under Councilman Rey Marthinez.

“I called a meeting,” Nunley said. “Mr. Mike Jones was not present at the meeting. Therefore I utilized the power vested in me and appointed Mr. Rey Martinez to report to me.”

Jones said he did not attend the SPLOST meeting because it was his committee and he did not call the meeting. Nunley said he called the meeting because Jones had not.

“In January of this year you were appointed and accepted the chairmanship. You have not had a meeting all year,” Nunley said.

But Jones disputes that. He said his committee had met and some business had been conducted. He said he had requested a meeting with the city manager to go over the items under consideration for SPLOST funds.

“I said I would like to sit down and meet with the engineer, but no you butted in,” Jones said. “There were things I wanted to go over with him.”

He went on to ask the mayor to accept his resignation from the committee.

“You may have my resignation from those meetings,” Jones said. “Just accept my resignation. If you’re going to run everything, don’t appoint me.”

Nunley asked for the resignation in writing.

The $2 million has to be spent by the end of the year in order to remain earmarked for the city. Nunley said the items would be on the agenda for approval at Thursday’s City Council meeting. 

In other business, the city attorney asked each council member to appoint a person for for the city's ethics panel, and the mayor to appoint three, by Thursday. The appointments are necessary to bring the Ethics Board up to the required nine members. There is no compensation for the position and appointees must have lived in the city limits for a full year by the date of appointment, June 14. They cannot be an employee of the city nor have had any interest in, contract transaction or official business with the city. The appointments will be to serve on the Ethics Board for two years. 

The June City Council Meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at City Hall.

ED CARR June 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Please do not spend this money on more un-needed sidewalks.
I.B. Reeding June 12, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Ray is a former developer and likes to move ahead without delays. Mike is an attorney and likes to thoroughly look at details. Both of these are good people trying to serve the citizens of Loganville.
I.B. Reeding June 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Ray is a former developer and likes to move ahead without delay, Mike is an attorney and likes to attend to details before moving too fast. Both of these are good people trying to serve the citizens of Loganville. I hope they resolve any personal issues. we need them both.
Eileen Waring June 12, 2012 at 01:52 PM
This is truly unfortunate. My concern now is Mr. Martinez is leaving for active duty. Who will chair this committee when he is gone? Once again the city will be one less council member not able to serve the city and their term. Add to this the disputing between the Mayor and his council and this leaves the city in a very delicate position. Our representation in city government is comprimised.
Grant June 12, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Eileen Waring writes "This is truly unfortunate. My concern now is Mr. Martinez is leaving for active duty. Who will chair this committee when he is gone?" I would guess the position will be taken by one of the other council members...Unless of course we happen to be visited by space aliens in which case that chair will go to one of them
Eileen Waring June 12, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Clever but not intelligent. Why don't you run and take the vacant council seat? It is not an easy job and when you get unintelligent comments it makes it difficult for the Mayor and Council to govern. They need strong, intelligent citizens to assist them in their difficult times.
Eileen Waring June 12, 2012 at 03:14 PM
It is not an easy job. I don't believe space aliens (as you so eloquently put it) would want the job. It is thankless. Mr. Martinez is devoting his time to the military and the city council. Have to give him credit. However, now in his absence you may want to be that alien who volunteers for this thankless job.
Eileen Waring June 12, 2012 at 03:15 PM
In government we do not "GUESS." We make serious decisions. This is the same with voting "Don't Guess." It is dangerous.
Grant June 12, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Sorry Eileen ...but you did ask a rather silly question , hence the rather silly answer . I'm sure the vacant council seat will be filled by someone who wants the job, much like the vacant committee chair will be filled by a council member. It's how things work after all
Eileen Waring June 12, 2012 at 03:17 PM
As the article reads the city is looking for qualified individuals for the Ethics Panel. Do you know anyone qualified? (Please no aliens)
Grant June 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
How about you?
Eileen Waring June 12, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I have served 2 terms on Loganville City Council. Developed Destination Park. I continue to serve my city but not on the council. I continue to support my Mayor and my council in a professional manner. I served under Mayor Nunnely. It is a very, very difficult job both Mayor and Council.
Grant June 12, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Eileen, I am indeed aware of who you are and your service to the City and I dont dispute that it is indeed a difficult job . I simply found your question rather ridiculous and responded in kind .
Eileen Waring June 12, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I am sorry YOU found it ridiculous. However, with 5 of 6 council members available, many, many committees and now 4 of the 6 must take on yet another committee chair as there has been a resignation. It is not ridiculous. It is serious. When 4 council members must do the work of 6 it is never good. Our city charter was established for 6 council members with committee's being evenly distributed. At this moment they are not evenly distributed and will be even more so when Mr. Martinez leaves to serve OUR country. These are difficult times Mr. Grant. Any question regarding downsizing, resigning and passing on even more duties in government is SERIOUS not RIDICULOUS.
Eileen Waring June 12, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I have faith in our remaining council members as well as our Mayor but sometimes this can cause burn out and we loose good people in government because of it. I have been in the trenches and I still question the magnitude of the re-distribution of responsibities regarding committee chairs. 2 million is a lot of money for 4 people to decide its use. Again, our charter is set up for 6 council people and proportionally distributed committees.I will comment no more Mr. Grant and I thank you for your spirited in put.
Grant June 12, 2012 at 04:17 PM
So Eileen It would seem you are suggesting that Mr Jones resignation from his committee chair will make things more difficult for the other council members as they will have to take on his responsibilities as well . I think we agree there
Jeffrey Allen June 12, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I believe the article says he only resigned from the committee, not the council. The council remains full at 6.
Grant June 12, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Jeff, I think Ms (Mrs. ?) Waring was expressing concern over Mr Martinez returning to active military service during his term. I havent a clue if he is scheduled to do so or not.
Lynn June 12, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I read on the Patch a month or so ago that Mr. Martinez has indeed been called back up to active duty, Grant.
Lynn June 12, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Yep...found the link.... http://loganville.patch.com/articles/loganville-councilman-called-back-into-active-service
Grant June 12, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Thanks Lynn! I seem to recall former councilman Lynch continuing to serve the City while he was away on active duty . I wonder if Mr Martinez can do the same ?
lee June 12, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Could we have someone put a moratorium on store front churches and pawn/title shops popping up in every vacant building in our city? How 'bout doing something to revitalize main street? Also the street market on Saturday's are more like a flea market than a farmer's market...
Grant June 12, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Would you prefer empty buildings lee? It's not up to the City to pick and choose what businesses can come here , though I'd prefer the store front churches to be replaced with businesses that actually contribute revenue
Aojdawg June 12, 2012 at 08:27 PM
"If you’re going to run everything, don’t appoint me." - Money quote. Stalk much, Canada?
Grant June 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM
aojdawg writes "Stalk much, Canada?" Yeah... because reading the local news is exactly like stalking? Right Just an interested citizen as always chum...Looking forward to hearing how skipping meetings and resigning from committee chairs is somehow the best way to represent the citizens of Loganville . I find it extremely doubtful that of throwing what appears to be little more than a tantrum is in the best interests of the citizens or the council.
Jeffrey Allen June 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I know. I was just adding a point of clarity.
Aojdawg June 13, 2012 at 12:50 AM
No, more like JDS - Jones Derangement Syndrome. Suffice it to say, you don't know the whole story, as per usual. When you have a despot surrounded by sycophants, there's not much that can be accomplished without the blessings of said despot. Find it doubtful all you want - you've never had a shred of skin in the game.
Grant June 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Lots of bluster and name calling...not much else? Typical.. You make a valid point however, the only part of the "story" that I know is from the above article that states Mr Jones failed to attend a called committee meeting and resigned from his duties to the people in a huff, leaving them to be handled by others. I'm sure the folks here at the Patch would be glad to post "the other side " from Mr Jones point of view and I look forward to reading that ..
Jeffrey Allen June 13, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Make my phone ring...I'm all ears. Love to hear both sides of this thing

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