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Fire stations were done right
Here's a hint for county leaders working on a new courthouse,
and for the Jefferson group working on a proposed civic center:
Planning board finally balancing development rights
Last week, the Jackson County Planning Commission considered
the merits of two rezoning matters and voted to recommend approval
of both in spite of a room full of opposition.
Carly Parr signs letter of intent with West Georgia
Remember the little pink bunny in the television
commercial that just keeps going and going? Inside that pink
suit is Carly Parr. With her prep track and cross country careers
completed, Parr signed a letter...
Summertime recreation activities coming up
With Jackson County and Commerce City schools
closing this week and Jefferson already done, area students are
County purchasing policy proposed
County officials say a proposed purchasing policy will lead to
a more fiscally responsible government. The Madison County Board
of Commissioners met briefly Tuesday night to review proposed
MCHS tassels to be turned Friday
Two hundred seventeen Madison County seniors will begin a new
chapter in life Friday.
Sales tax from Banks Crossing up since new 'super center'
When the Wal-Mart 24-hour super center opened at Banks Crossing
in March, county officials knew they could expect an increase
in sales tax revenue...
Maysville poised to make water decision
Maysville should be able to approve Phase I of its water service
plan as soon as the council's meeting Monday night. Mayor Richard
Presley and council member...
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Cub Scouts from Jefferson Pack 158 posted flags
on the graves of veterans last week in Woodbine Cemetery. These
boys are standing at the grave of Pvt. Crawford Stephens, who
was killed in action in 1945 during World War II. Shown are (L
to R) Blair Buffington, Austin Wilson, Elliott Wilson, Trevor
Castellaw, Daniel Barber and Nathan Coté.
guilty to DUI
Jackson County Board of Commission chairman Jerry Waddell pled
guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants in State
Court proceedings Thursday.
Waddell, with his attorney Mark Wiggins, entered into the plea
agreement with the state. A Clarke County judge accepted the
agreement, and Waddell was sentenced to 12 months probation.
He must also spend 24 hours in jail with credit for time served,
pay $853 in fines and surcharges, serve 40 hours of community
service and participate in a DUI risk reduction program. Waddell's
license was also suspended, however, he was allowed to file a
first offender affidavit to obtain a limited driving permit.
Waddell was charged with DUI after wrecking a county car on Aug.
19 of last year on John B. Brooks Road. He refused to take a
blood-alcohol test at that time. In October, he pled not guilty
to the charges.
funds for road projects
The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced that Jackson
County will receive state funding for the resurfacing of 10 roads.
The Jackson County roads include:
·Hospital Road (County Road 302) from Maysville Road to
State Route 15A in unincorporated Jackson County.
·John Collier Road (County Road 401) from Hwy. 129 to
the Clarke County line in unincorporated Jackson County.
·Legg Road (County Road 239) from State Route 82 to Jett
Roberts Road in unincorporated Jackson County.
·W.H. Hayes Road (County Road 143) from Galilee Church
Road to the bridge at Buffalo Creek in unincorporated Jackson
·Segars Street from State Route 15 to State Route 82 in
·Ridgeway Road from Hospital Road to Mt. Olive Road in
·Mulberry Street from Bell Avenue to Broad Street in Hoschton.
·Hoschton Street from railroad crossing to Lynn Avenue/Swimming
Pool Road in Jefferson.
·Cemetery Street from State Route 98-railroad tracks to
Banks Street in Maysville.
·Quail Ridge Drive from Sanford Road to Woodpecker Lane
The Banks County roads include:
·Hickory Flat Road (County Road 21) from State Route 51
to State Route 323 in unincorporated Banks County.
·Spring Street from Walden Street to Shore Street in Baldwin.
·Athens Street from State Route 15 to Evans Street in
·Deer Run from Ridgeway Road to the cul-de-sac.
The estimated completion date for these projects is Jan. 31,
Funding for these road improvements is provided through the Georgia
DOT's Local Assistance Road Program. Each year, all Georgia cities
and counties submit a priority list of roads or streets in their
jurisdiction that need to be resurfaced. The DOT reviews each
road and street submitted and develops a needs assessment and
cost estimate. Based on the amount of money available in LARP
each year, a final list of roads is compiled and approved by
the DOT commissioner for funding.
package store license
In a 2-1 vote Tuesday night, Pendergrass became only the second
town in Jackson County with a package store. The Pendergrass
City Council voted to approve Rob Joyce's request for a license
to sell alcohol from a planned package store at 25 Wayne Poultry
Road near Hwy. 129. Councilmembers Monk Tolbert and Joyce Wilkerson
voted in favor of the license, while Sandy Beck dissented.
According to city attorney Walter Harvey, the store, called "The
Barn," will be allowed to sell liquor, beer and wine. Pendergrass
will now join Arcade as only one of two towns in Jackson County
offering packaged liquor for sale. Unincorporated areas of Jackson
County remain dry.
Pendergrass hasn't yet passed an alcohol pouring ordinance for
restaurants. However, Commerce, Jefferson, Braselton and Arcade
do allow pouring in restaurants.
The Rev. Charles Jenkins, pastor of Pendergrass Baptist Church,
came before the council Tuesday night to oppose the issuance
of the license. Several members of the church were also in attendance.
"We realize you will have a lawsuit if you deny the license
and don't present a real cause," Jenkins said. "We
are opposed to it. We think it will degrade our community."
Since Joyce's application was complete and he met all criteria
set forth in the town's 1995 alcohol sales ordinance, the council
had little choice but to approve it.
"Pendergrass has a valid ordinance for licensing [alcohol]
sales," said Harvey. "The courts have upheld that once
a licensing ordinance is enacted, any person meeting the application
criteria must be given one."
Mike Chokshi, who bought North Jackson Food Mart from Joyce earlier
this year, asked the council to delay issuing the license because
of a contract conflict over the sale of the Food Mart. Harvey
told the council that the contract dispute was a private matter
between Chokshi and Joyce and that the town had no involvement
in the matter. The council then approved Joyce's license.
Planners OK Hwy.
53 waste site rezoning
Plans for an "inert disposal" facility on Hwy. 53 north
of Braselton may bring out a large crowd to next week's meeting
of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. Although a rezoning
for the 117-acre site was approved by the Jackson County Planning
Commission last week, opponents say the site is a bad location
for a landfill of any kind. Opponents are also upset because
the original rezoning application didn't spell out what would
be done with the property.
The planning commission approved Kelly Henderson's rezoning for
the tract Thursday night in a 4-3 vote. Henderson asked to rezone
the property at 8146 Hwy. 53 from PCFD to I-2 to locate an "inert
disposal" for the recycling of natural products, such as
stumps and grass or a "construction demolition disposal."
The BOC will hear comments on the plan next Tuesday at 7 p.m.
in the Administrative Building in Jefferson and will take final
action on the recommendation when it meets June 13.
No one spoke in opposition to the project Thursday, but two men
did ask questions about the project. The developer of two nearby
subdivisions is among those expected to speak next week.
Some opponents to the rezoning say no one attended the planning
commission meeting to speak against the plans because the application
didn't mention a disposal site. Instead, it listed the proposed
use as "industrial use."
At Thursday's meeting, county director of planning and development
David Clabo said both projects would require a permit from the
Georgia Environmental Protection Division. He said the EPD has
rigid guidelines for permitting a construction demolition disposal
The developer said he plans to leave the back 25 acres of the
property as a protective buffer to area residents.
Engineer Frank Gray with Eagle Engineering of Alpharetta said
if it is economically feasible to recycle the items at the construction
demolition disposal site, the company would do so. If not, he
said the state allows the items to be buried on the property.
Members of the planning commission asked several questions as
to what type of items would be accepted at the site. Old metal
bathtubs would not be allowed, but the new fiberglass tubs would,
Gray said. He said that whole tires would not be allowed, but
shredded ones would be. He added that heavy metals would not
There were also several questions about how much additional truck
traffic the development would bring to Hwy. 53. Gray said that
it is not economically feasible for someone to drive from south
Atlanta or south Georgia to dispose of these items. He said most
people do not drive more than 30 to 35 miles to drop off materials.
Jeffrey Bell, son of the property owner, said that his dad is
82 years old and no longer able to farm the land. He said the
family had been selective in who it offered the land to and turned
down an offer that would have brought a mobile home project to
the property. He said Henderson's proposal is more of a recycling
center than a landfill.
The recommendation came with the following conditions: the driveway
entrance and exit must be approved by the Georgia Department
of Transportation; an engineered site plan must be approved by
the planning and development office; in addition, any regulatory
plat procedures or standard buffers must be met on all property
lines, according to the county zoning ordinance; and the development
must be connected to a public water system.
Voting in favor of the request were David Healan, Daniel Sailors
and Faye Griffin. Voting against it were Larry Sailors, Larry
Benton and Tom Smith. Brant McMullan, who was acting as chairman
in the absence of Keith Hayes, broke the tie by voting in favor
of the request.
The planners also recommended approval to a request from Henderson
to rezone 12 acres at 8146 Hwy. 53 from PCFD to B-2 to locate
a commercial business park. This will have an "office park
layout," according to the plans.
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Public Meeting Dates
& Convenience Stores
at Tues. BOC meeting
Hundreds of people are expected at Tuesday's meeting of the Jackson
County Board of Commissioners to show opposition to a proposed
landfill on Hwy. 53 near Braselton. Developer John Buchanan is
leading a movement against the proposed project following a hearing
two weeks ago before the Jackson County Planning Commission.
That group voted 4-3 to recommend approval of the project.
Tuesday's meeting will be in the Jackson County Administrative
Building at 7 p.m.
In addition to neighborhood opposition to the project, the Town
of Braselton has also raised concerns. Attorneys for the town
said in a letter to the BOC that the rezoning was flawed since
the proposed site is within Braselton's sphere of influence under
House Bill 489. That legislation requires the county to notify
the town within 10 days of a rezoning application if the site
lies within that sphere of influence. That was apparently not
Braselton also said the project is subject to review under the
state's Development of Regional Impact procedures. Under that
law, the county is required to notifiy the Northeast Georgia
Regional Development Center about such projects.
forward on police grant
The Pendergrass City Council is moving forward on a grant to
establish a city police force.
Mayor Mark Tolbert told the council last week that he has signed
the application for the grant and that it had been submitted.
Tolbert said it may take several months for the city to find
out if its application was accepted.
At its meeting last week, the council also:
·learned from city attorney Walter Harvey that the dicussions
between the town and the county over the McEver annexation were
·learned that Tolbert was going to advertise for bids
for lawn care for the town.
·learned the audit had been completed but that the town
had not yeat recieved the books from the audit.
·announced an opening on the city council to fill Harold
Beck's vacated seat. Tolbert said he hopes to hold the election
for the seat in July.
With drought conditions only getting worse as summer approaches,
the Hoschton City Council discussed options for limiting water
use last Thursday.
Various combinations of voluntary restriction, mandatory restriction
enforced with fines and increased rates for water usage over
a normal domestic amount were among the ideas the council discussed
with city engineer Charles Armentrout.
Council member Rosemary Bagwell said she would be in favor of
a water restriction "only if we define a fine for it. Otherwise
it is bogus." She pointed out that with a voluntary water
restriction within set hours last year, the city's water use
actually went up.
City attorney Wayne McLocklin reminded the council that an ordinance
would need to be in place before it could set fines.
Council member Jan Buchanan suggested the group consider putting
a water ban in place without fines and increase rates now, while
in the mean time getting an ordinance with fines established.
The council did not take action on the matter, but will discuss
it further at its June 12 meeting at 7 p.m.