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January 09, 2002


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Wrestlers Set For Busy Week
Last Fridayıs Games With Jefferson To Be Made Up Tonight (Wed.) Extreme winter weather wiped out Commerce hoop action this past weekend, but a crowded schedule awaits both the boysı and girlsı squads in their return to the hard floor.
The boys will play their rescheduled matchup with Jefferson tonight (Wednesday)—which was supposed to be played this past Friday—in addition to matchups with Lakeview and Tallulah Falls this weekend, and a home contest Tuesday with Buford.
Things arenıt much lighter on the girlsı side either.

Game of the week? Pick one.
IF YOUıRE a sports junkie, this is the week for you. With three big-time clashes set for this week, picking the game of the week might leave you with a serious neck injury. Add to that the fact that in all three events, area teams are the underdog, and youıve got enough to whet even a fair-weather sports fanıs appetite.

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MADISON COUNTY

Freeze put on apartment planning
Danielsville issues temporary ban on multi-family developments. No apartment complexes will be planned in Danielsville anytime soon.
The Danielsville City Council approved a 60-day ban on conditional permits for multi-family developments Monday.

Industrial park planned
The Madison County Industrial Authority (IDA) has purchased approximately 80 acres off Hwy. 72 to establish a ³commercial/ light industry park.²


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BANKS COUNTY

Winter storm creates havoc on county roads
Though the snow and cold temperatures moved quietly into Northeast Georgia and Banks County early Wednesday morning, what soon transpired on county roads was anything but quiet.
For Banks County emergency personnel and road crews, it was the beginning of a long 48 hours as they braved snowy, icy roads and cold winds to rescue stranded drivers and clear roads.

Homer council mulls over yearıs projects
City hall, dog ordinance among plans. Shortly after being sworn into office Tuesday, the Homer City Council began the new year by addressing several ongoing and upcoming projects throughout the community, especially the townÕs effort to locate a permanent city hall and the establishment of a possible dog ordinance.


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SNOW COVERS COUNTY

Jackson County was covered with several inches of snow Wednesday and Thursday. Schools were closed Thursday and Friday and many businesses were also shut down due to the winter weather.



Hoschton moves forward with city planning board
But action will take time to jump through legal hoops
Like several other Jackson County municipalities, Hoschton officials have decided to begin the legal procedure to form the townıs own planning commission.
With the recent changes to the countyıs planning commission structure not permitting town representatives to vote on matters concerning the unincorporated area, Hoschton city council member Paul Turman suggested the town formally look into developing its own planning commission.
³With that in mind, I would like the city of Hoschton to withdraw from the county planning commission,² Turman said during Mondayıs city council meeting.
But simply withdrawing from the countyıs planning commission at this time canıt be done, city attorney Wayne McLocklin pointed out.
³If you pull out now, you donıt have any legal procedure,² McLocklin said. ³You will have to amend the current zoning ordinance to comply with the new procedure,² said McLocklin, while adding that any amendment to Hoschtonıs zoning ordinance would require a public hearing.
³To withdraw and not have anything in place will take longer,² council member Rosemary Bagwell remarked.
Following McLocklinıs explanation of the townıs legal course of action to form its own planning commission, Turman moved that the city council start that legal procedure, instead of completely withdrawing from the countyıs commission at that time.
His fellow city council members agreed and they unanimously voted to set the legal procedures for their own commission.
Also during Mondayıs meeting, McLocklin swore into office the councilıs newly elected council members—Ben Davis and Brian Boehmer.
Mayor Billy Holder then announced his appointments to the townıs committees. Each committee will include a chairperson and two city council members.
Joyce Peppers will head the community affairs and recreation committees; Turman will lead planning and zoning; the police commission will be headed by Genoria Bridgeman; Boehmer will spearhead the streets/cemetery committee; Bagwell will chair the water/sewage committee; and Davis will head the economic development committee.
Council members also unanimously voted to re-appoint Cindy Edge as city clerk while Bagwell was named mayor protem.

OTHER BUSINESS:
In other business discussed during Mondayıs meeting, the city council:
€unanimously approved a simple IRA plan for full-time employees of the town.
€decided to deny a request from Dwight DeLaPerriere to rezone three acres on Jefferson Street from R-2 to R-3 for the purpose of two mobile homes. The Jackson County Planning Commission unanimously recommended denial of the request in December when a petition with the signatures of 75 residents protesting the proposed rezoning was presented to the planners. Five of the Hoschton city council members voted to deny the request while Peppers abstained from voting.
€heard the first reading of an amendment to the townıs zoning ordinance that would allow business owners to live above their place of business in areas zoned C-1.
€unanimously approved a business license request for Anthony Massey of Outta Sight Storage, which had recently changed management.
€unanimously approved a business license request for Walter Konarski Jr. for a coin laundry business, which had recently changed management.
€awarded the townıs auditing service to the lowest bidder of $3,750 for three years to Biriscoe-Millsap. Hoschton has been using the auditing firm for the past three years.
€unanimously voted to proceed with measures to increase the pond size to treat 450,000 gallons per day, which also means city engineer Charlie Armentrout will begin working with the EPD on the project.


Child injured in accidental shooting
A child was injured in an accidental shooting Tuesday afternoon at a Harold Phillips Road, Jefferson, residence.
Jackson County Sheriffıs Department chief investigator David Cochran said a 7-year-old and an 11-year-old were home alone playing with a gun when the incident occurred. He said one of the juveniles was accidentally shot in the leg and hand. He said the child was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
No charges have been filed in the incident.


Man shot New Yearıs Day in Pendergrass
A man who had allegedly threatened his wife with a knife on New Yearıs Day in Pendergrass was shot in the head by a friend who was trying to stop him.
James William ³Jimmy² Canter, 32, Toccoa, was shot in the back of the head during the altercation, according to Jackson County Sheriffıs Department chief investigator David Cochran. Canter is in serious condition in a Gainesville hospital. No charges have been filed yet in the incident.
The dispute occurred around 10 p.m. on New Yearıs Day at Glenn Gee Road and Hwy. 129 in Pendergrass. Cochran said Canter allegedly threatened his wife with a knife and two friends tried to stop him. He said Canter also allegedly threatened one of the men with the knife and bit one of them on the hand.


BOC appoints department heads for 2002
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners elected Emil Beshara to serve as vice chairman for this year at its Monday night meeting.
The BOC also reappointed the department heads for the year with the following to serve: John Hulsey, finance; Jerry Lord, building inspection; Dwight Wood, county marshal; Larry Guthrie, roads general superintendent; Tom Page, solid waste; Martin Rubio, maintenance; Hillyer Godfrey, fleet maintenance; Rick Sanders, recreation; Mark Shirley, extension service and 4-H; Vickie Underwood, warden; Dwain Smith, EMS; David Murphy, 911 coordinator; Douglas Beck, chief registrar; and Shirley Smith, senior citizenıs director.
The county also has two vacant department head positions, transportation and public works director and planning and zoning director. Gina Mitsdarffer and Dan Schultz will share the planning and zoning department head duties until the position is filled, according to county manager Al Crace. Crace added that the transportation position will be filled with a certified engineer.
Also Monday, the BOC reappointed county officials to serve, including the following: Crace, county manager; Daniel Haygood, county attorney; Bates and Carter of Gainesville, independent auditor; and Helen Motes, clerk of commission.


Mulberry may have some homes by yearıs endSewer lines scheduled to be in place by August
It looks like some homes will be going up in Mulberry Plantation by the end of the year.
Developers hope to begin construction of the first of the 75 homes in the project by the yearıs end, said Doug Elam this week.
³Summer and toward the third quarter, there will be a lot of activity out there,² Elam said this week. He is a partner in Buckhead International, which is doing the development.
Elam said the hold-up has been the time it has taken to get the sewer lines in place for the project. Jerry Waddell of the Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority said that the lines are expected to be in place by August.
³As we have been for the past three years, weıre waiting on the sewer,² Elam said. ³They are supposed to begin construction (of the lines) at the end of this month. That will fit in nicely with the infrastructure we need. Weıre pleased that theyıve been making this much progress in the last few months.²
Waddell said: ³We have all our permits from the EPD. We have also bid out the pipe and manhole work and awarded that bid. We also bid out the first upgrade of the plant to get us back on line. On Jan. 17, weıll be letting the bid on installation of the line to Mulberry.²
The authority has obtained a waste load allocation from the EPD for the conversion of the Texfi plant from an industrial to municipal treatment facility. The authority has also obtained approval of the design development report and environmental impact document for the project from the EPD. A construction permit from the EPD has also been issued.
Buckhead International, led by Elam, is planning for the development on 1,143 acres on Hwy. 124, with frontage on Jackson Trail and Gum Springs Church Road. The site will literally wrap around West Jackson Middle School in a North-South configuration. The property has been zoned as a ³planned unit development.²
The project would be built around a golf course, recreation center, equestrian park and retirement village, according to a conceptual map. The development is expected to take 10 years to be completely built and would total some $400 million in taxable property.



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Talmo tables decision on townıs planning commission
The Talmo City Council wonıt make a decision about whether it should form its own planning commission until council members meet again in February.
During a brief meeting Tuesday night, over which mayor pro tem Myra McEver presided, Talmo council members agreed to table the issue for another month. Council member Trapper Brissey explained that, because of the holidays, the council had been unable to get ³ideas and thoughts² on the matter from as many people as they had hoped.
³We donıt yet have all the information we need to make a solid decision,² he said.
The city council began considering forming its own planning commission in early December, after learning that the county planning commission had been restructured and hearing an account of new county rezoning processes and procedures.
The council held a work session on the issue in mid-December, and had set January 8 as the target date for making a decision. The question of whether a municipal planning commission should be formed will be on the councilıs agenda for further discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 5.


CU permits for landfills halted
The Jackson County Board of Commissioners approved a temporary moratorium Monday night on conditional use permits being issued in the I-2 zone for landfills.
The moratorium will be in place for a maximum of six months while the county zoning ordinances are being updated.
In other action Monday, the BOC approved hardship requests for family property divisions from Benny Atkins, Old Swimming Pool Road, Jefferson; Ruby OıKelley, 160 OıKelley Road, Nicholson; and Keith Freeman, 409 Old Airport Road, Commerce.