Grantville City Council can only be fixed by resignations
If you want to see a governmental body acting in complete decorum, working selflessly as one for the betterment of its citizens, one need look no further than the Grantville City Council.
The Georgia Municipal Association often brings city councils from other communities to visit and see how a proper elected body should work. Study after study has tried to delve into the minutia of how five ordinary citizens can unite as one to tirelessly bring new business and development, new parks and other amenities to Grantville.
And then we all woke up.
The truth is, with very few exceptions, Grantville’s city council is so broken no one in their right mind would want anything to do with the city. No business, no developer, no anything would want to waste time trying to get anything through a council that prides itself on how it can’t get along.
Their twice-monthly meetings have become a hotbed of debate within our newsroom, with reporters bribing and even threatening each other just for the chance to cover what will always be a front-page story. Bets are taken on which council member will yell or walk out first. The betting pool has gotten quite large at times based on the agenda items.
Oh, there have been successes. Grantville will get a new water park. And just how long did that take to get approved? Months and months. There was the whole fiasco about not paying their share for the city’s new library.
At one meeting, a Grantville police officer had to come in to prevent a near fistfight between two council members.
And how can we forget how another member filed charges against another? Now we have debate after debate after debate over whether to get an assistant city manager for a community of 1,000 give or take — seriously?
And Lord help us with the skate park. Members come in late or don’t show up, or just recently, walk out for “personal business” and come back after the vote. What does it all mean? Nothing. Nothing gets done. Decisions change each meeting based on the new vote because someone else didn’t show or walked out.
Individually, we believe the council members do care about their community and their citizens. Collectively, they are an embarrassment to those they represent. Oil and water get along better.
This small community’s council meetings, on a good day, last at least two hours. Newnan City Council, with more members and representing 30 times the populace and millions more in budgets, probably averages 20 minutes per meeting. Anything over 30 minutes at a Newnan meeting means something is amiss.
And while we continue to enjoy reporting on and hearing the latest “you won’t believe what they did in Grantville last night” comments from our reporters, it’s time for a change.
The entire Grantville City Council and mayor should resign en masse. Nothing will ever get done in Grantville until the entire elected body is replaced with those who will at least try to get along.