Posted: Thursday, November 15th 2012 at 2:37pm
Gainesville Council frustrated about 'jobs' environment
By Marc Eggers Staff
GAINESVILLE – The oft-discussed topic of “jobs” led to some strong comments by the Gainesville City Council at Thursday's work session.
“The only way we're going to get more jobs going is for those Bozos...in Washington (to) unite and come together for the good of the people of the United States, instead of for their stupid party,” said Mayor Danny Dunagan.
“I'm so fed up with our federal government and the way that they do business, (it) is ridiculous,” Dunagan said.
Just released job numbers for the State of Georgia notwithstanding, there was a measurable frustration spicing the discussion on how the city leaders might enhance the creation of jobs in Gainesville.
In a separate story on this website, just released data from the Georgia Department of Labor showed a slight improvement in unemployment statistics statewide.
While everyone agreed that something needed to be done, there were differences as to which level of government could do the most good.
Councilman George Wangemann said, “I wish there was something that we (the Gainesville City Council) could do to help retain jobs in the city.”
“I really think that local governments,” Wangemann continued, “have more to do with the creation and the retaining of jobs in a community. I'd like to start some kind of a list of things that we can do to be friendlier to our businesses throughout the community.”
Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras suggested a third level of government might provide the solution. “To me it's more our state government messing over Gainesville.”
“There is no way local government can work better if state government doesn't help,” Figueras conjectured.
“Until people get some confidence in their government and start going forward, we're not going to get there,” Dunagan said.
“I don't see how Gainesville can squeeze its budget anymore,” Figueras added.
LET CITY JOIN TRIBUTE TO VETS
“I would like to see the City of Gainesville honor veterans by closing,” Mayor Dunagan suggested after commenting on the recent Veterans' Day celebrations across the area.
“We can't do enough and say enough and thank our veterans enough for what they do and the sacrifices they make for our country,” Dunagan said.
Dunagan added that with Veterans' Day being a federal holiday many people don't realize that city offices are open.
“I think it would be a nice honor. Just think about it,” Dunagan asked.
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