Wednesday, October 24, 2007

More on Bennett?

Well, I don't want to seem like I'm hung up on one subject here, but it seems there may be yet another potential issue brewing that might possibly involve Mr. Bennett in his role as McDonough City Attorney. There’s a second recent video (October 9th, link below) on Fox 5 News pertaining to McDonough, Mayor Pro Tem Brown and legal advice he says he received from the city attorney.

It seems Brown voted to rezone properties for three investors in his restaurant on six occasions in 2004. Brown says he was advised by the City Attorney that it was OK to vote on the rezonings even though one invested $25,000 and gave him a $9,000 loan and the other two each invested $10,000 each. He disclosed his relationship in one of the six votes (but still voted in favor of the rezoning).

Bennett’s name isn’t mentioned. Dale Russell states that Brown told him a city attorney advised him it was OK to vote on rezoning.

Bennett started with McDonough as their City Attorney in 2004.

I haven’t talked to Mr. Bennett, haven’t talked to Brown, but I do have some calls out about the issue. You know I’m gonna be penning another blog soon if I find out definitely that Bennett is the city attorney referred to in the story.

Can you imagine the uproar it would cause here if one of our Commissioners got caught voting for a rezoning for someone who’d invested in their business?

In McDonough, it’s getting pretty hairy due to this issue and the other issue Bennett was involved in regarding banning recording devices at public meetings.

Me thinks Mr. Bennett might have been wise to abandon ship before someone pushed him overboard.

Link to video:;jsessionid=F836213A234DF84FABE414E8AA45C9F1?contentId=4589102&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1&sflg=1

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