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Clermont City Council candidates share ideas on growth
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Early voting

Gainesville

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Nov. 1

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Flowery Branch

When: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday through Nov. 1

Where: City Hall, 5517 Main St., Flowery Branch

Clermont

When: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday- Friday through Nov. 1, closed 12:30-1:30 p.m. each day for lunch

Where: Town Hall, 109 King St., Clermont

Election Day voting

When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 5

Gainesville

Precinct 1, Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St.

Precinct 2, Fair Street Neighborhood Center, 715 Fair St.

Precinct 3, Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St.

Flowery Branch

City Hall, 5517 Main St., Flowery Branch

Clermont

Town Hall, 109 King St., Clermont

Clermont candidates for City Council answered residents’ questions Tuesday night at the newly renovated Clermont Chattahoochee Center ahead of the November election.

About 50 people attended the forum and had many questions for the five candidates running for two City Council seats. Only Mary Ellen “Ma” Rogers is an incumbent. Growth and its impact were the main theme of the questions directed toward Rogers and the four other candidates, including Lynn Adams, Brett Adams, Bradley Armour and Kristi Crumpton. Lynn Adams and Brett Adams are not related.

Rogers is retired, and Armour is semi-retired. Several candidates agreed the town is facing change and growth, and most said it was positive, if controlled. They said they would favor having a vision for the community that would control what kind of development went into different areas, with a focus on preserving the history of the area and protecting green spaces.

Lynn Adams, director with the Georgia Mountains YMCA, previously served on the town’s planning and zoning board. She said the biggest thing the council members need to think about is directing growth so it benefits everyone.
“The root of everything is the people here,” she said. “That’s what makes Clermont special.”

Rogers had strong opinions and wasn’t shy about voicing them. She said she was against change and growth. She was also against alcohol sales, council term limits and voting wards.

“I just like to spread my love and fuss a little,” she said.

Crumpton, who is involved with the Clermont Historical Society, said residents owe it to the town’s history to preserve what’s left for future generations. Crumpton is a media specialist at Mount Vernon Exploratory School. She said the community should define growth and that it should include redevelopment of older buildings.

“I think having the Farmer’s Market is growth,” Crumpton said. “Did we add anything (physically) to the community, no. We put up tents in a parking lot. But did it add something to our community, absolutely.”

Brett Adams, who works at Hulsey Environmental Services, said it was important to him to keep the small-town feeling and the simple life Clermont offers.

“On a smaller scale, it is positive,” he said about growth. “I don’t see we need a Wal-Mart right next door, you know, we don’t need the major big industries and four-laned roads running through our town.”

Armour said he pictures Clermont in 10 years as having more people and small businesses. He said currently he would like to see more community input and more people involved.

“If as many people would come to our council meetings and participate and give us their ideas as (are) here tonight, we would really get something done,” he said.

Early voting ends Nov. 1, and Election Day is Nov. 5.

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