New District 1 commissioner Marcus Davis was sworn into office on Tuesday, but his defeated foe, 33-year former commissioner Larry Evans, stole the spotlight.
Evans stirred an angry dispute in a failed effort to stop fellow commissioner George Emami from getting his plan for a tiny home development on Smith Road approved.
Emami had made concessions of more buffer and nicer homes in his development to assuage neighbors. Still, Evans was joined by H & H Timberlands developers Tye Hannah and Kenneth Hurt in opposing the project. Emami had opposed the city of Forsyth’s recent annexation of 1,000 acres for H & H, and some saw their opposition as pay back.
During the debate, Emami got visibly angry.
“I’m just gonna say what some of us are thinking,” said Emami, noting the developers came down from Marietta to oppose his project even though they have nothing to do with Monroe County, and accused them of forcing their will on the citizens of Forsyth and Monroe County with their project.
“Why?” shouted Emami. “So they didn’t have to do this. To deal with the phone calls, text messsages and opposition. They got to go to the city and get passed whatever the hell they want.”
Then Emami turned on Evans.
“This is totally in line with why you no longer sit in that chair,” Emami told the former commmissioner.
After the fireworks, commissioners approved Emami’s project unamiously. Emami recused himself.
Davis, meanwhile, made his presence felt by replacing Evan’s long-time ally and political activist Connie Gantt on the county zoning board, appointing David Hunter in her place. She was the only member of the zoning board not to be reappointed. While Evans is off the board of commissioners for the first time in 33 years, he will remain on the county’s development authority because he had been appointed to a term that didn’t expire this year. Thus commissioners replaced developer Otis Ingram with commissioner George Emami on the development authority so that they have a liaison on the board. Emami said if he loses in 2022 he would resign from the board so the commissioners could have representation.