Debunk the LIES & Propaganda –
Lie #1: The Supreme Court ruling forced the City into settlement negotiations.
The City was NOT forced into settlement negotiations. That was a CHOICE by Mayor Bodker.
What was included in the agreement was negotiated by Mayor Bodker and Councilwoman Cori Davenport, who is a close friend of the billboard executive.
Lie #2: The number of signs would have been Larger without the settlement.
The billboard companies are SHREWD businessmen.
Do you believe the billboard company AGREED to fewer Billboards?
The billboard companies wanted a better deal, and Mayor & Cori gave it to them. NEW Locations, LEDs, relaxed regulations, liberal tree removal & more!
Lie #3: Johns Creek got a great deal, like the other Cities.
The information on the City website is not even correct. The City creates propaganda like that letter to make it look like a good deal.
It ain’t, and that is why the residents are revolting.
Johns Creek settlement allowed for aggressive tree removal. Milton did not. Also, Milton got 25% (4 signs), Johns Creek got 36% (10 signs).
Milton got 3 smaller signs 10’x36′. JC got nine 14’x48′.
Had Cori’s friends gave us a better deal like Milton, JC would have no more than 6 signs total and smaller signs to boot.
Lie #4: Allowing for LED, led to a reduction in signs.
Had the City NOT agreed to the terms of the settlement, the City would have a few static signs.
Static signs are Dinosaurs and not worth the cost to put them up in most cases and make less money than the LEDs.
One advertiser for the month vs. a plethora of ads rotating every 10 seconds.
The static billboard couldn’t generate the revenue needed to pay out Action Outdoor, the original permit holders, landowners and then Clear Channel along with any investors on top of construction and equipment costs.
Lie #5: The City couldn’t buy them out.
The Mayor Decided for us, it was not worth the cost to buy out the original billboard permits.
That decision should have been left to the Voters as a bond referendum. Residents recently voted for tax increases to improve the quality of life (parks & Tsplost).
Buying out the billboard permits would have equated to the Louisiana Purchase and an investment in our City’s aesthetics as well as property values for years to come.
Mayor Bodker & Councilwoman Davenport exhibited poor judgment in negotiating the settlements, and thus the terms included in it.
Enough of the LIES to explain the bad behavior and poor judgment.
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