MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
MEETING HELD ON AUGUST 10, 2004
The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Chairman J. R. Dowdy, Jr., with Commissioners James D. Harris, A. James Nance, Joyce C. Pheil, and Ferrell Henry in attendance. Others present were County Administrator Lester E. Crapse, Jr., Finance Director Sherrie Leverett, and secretary Linda Finch. The invocation was given by Rev. James H. Sexton, pastor of Wenona Baptist Church.
Motion was made by Mr. Nance to approve the minutes of the meetings of July 13th and July 28th, and the Public Hearing on July 21st, 2004, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.
RECOGNITION OF GRACE HUNT - ART COMPETITION WINNER
Administrator Crapse read a Resolution recognizing Grace Hunt as the 2004 Congressional Art Competition winner in Georgia’s second Congressional District for her entry entitled “Cousins”, she also received honorable mention for her entry entitled “Bella”, and these works are placed on national exhibit that opened on July 12, 2004 at the United States Capital. Commissioners congratulated Ms. Hunt for her art entries.
PUBLIC HEARING - TERESA EDALGO
Connie Sangster, Planning Director, reported that this is a Public Hearing to consider a request from Teresa Edalgo (with the property owners’ authorization) for a Special Use Permit to locate a Kennel in an RR (Rural Residential) zone district. The property is located a 3045 Hwy 280 East. She handed out a letter that she received this morning from property owners in opposition of the request. Mrs. Edalgo stated that the store she is considering using has been a used furniture store for many years and it has not been kept up very well, she wants to improve the outside of the store and have a small grooming business inside to groom pets. She passed around pictures of the outside of the store now with the used furniture everywhere and a proposed drawing of the inside of the building where she will groom the animals. Chairman Dowdy asked for any comments from the public, and Harold Cape had a concern about boarding animals at this location, and Mrs. Edalgo said it would not be a boarding facility, dogs would be brought in, groomed, and sent home that evening. Ms. Sangster advised Commissioners that they have the review checklist and the comments in their packet of information, and stated that if they approve, they can put special conditions on the approval. Mr. Henry stated that in reference to the letter, the main concern to the citizens was the leaving of the animals. Mrs. Pheil asked Mr. Cape if he would have objections if they knew Mrs. Edalgo was not going to board animals other than during the day, and he said he would have no objections. Ms. Sangster stated that they could approve it only as a dog grooming business and with a certain hour when the dogs have to be vacated from the premises. Mr. Henry asked Mr. Cape if he thought everyone on the list would be okay with this if they didn’t have boarding overnight, and he replied that most he talked to didn’t want it no way. Motion was made by Mr. Henry to close the Public Hearing, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried. Motion was made by Mr. Henry to table the decision until the September regular meeting and let Administrator Crapse get more information into this, seconded by Mrs. Pheil, motion carried unanimously.
PUBLIC HEARING - ALLIANCE TOWER CORPORATION
Ms. Sangster reported that this is a Public Hearing to consider a request from Alliance Tower Corporation (with the property owner’s authorization) for a Special Use Permit to locate a Transmission Tower in an RR (Rural Residential) zone district. Property is located on Dorough Road. She stated that the county’s regulations call for 200 feet being the highest an antenna unless their is documentation that the topography or certain things in the area won’t support this height. Kurt Jurado, Alliance Tower representative, and Tyanne Lavender, the design engineer from Cingular and will present the need for the 260 foot tower; this is a multi-carrier tower so we do anticipate other carries to be located on this tower. Mr. Jurado stated that Alliance Tower has been given the need for a tower in this vicinity, they have searched out the property and come to an agreement with the property owner, they believe they have met every other regulation that we require; Cingular has approached Alliance about having their antenna at 260 feet, they understand that is 60 feet above what the county rules state. Ms. Lavender reported that if they go below the 260 foot height, it would mean they would leave open a hole which would basically mean they would need to build another site. Chairman Dowdy asked if anyone else wanted to speak for or against the communications tower, and there was none. Ms. Sangster stated that if Commissioners grant the request, before the construction permit is granted, they need to provide Crisp County with a property bond for removal of the tower in case they abandon the tower, and she has the approval of the FAA & FCC for this tower. Commissioners agreed that there is a need for a twer in this area. Motion was made by Mr. Nance to close the Public Hearing, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried. Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to grant the request from Alliance Tower Corporation for a Special Use Permit on the condition that they meet all the stipulations that the Planning Department needs, seconded by Mr. Harris, motion carried unanimously.
PUBLIC HEARING - SHORELINE DEVELOPMENT LLC
Ms. Sangster advised that this is a Public Hearing to consider a request from Shoreline Development, LLC ro rezone propoerty from RS2 (Single Family Residential) to PUD (Planned Unit Development). Property being located a the intersection of the North right-of-way of Antioch Church Road an the west right-of-way of Old Coney Road. She showed on the existing plat the area that is requested to rezone to PUD, it is RS2 now, which only allows for single homes. In the PUD, you can allow for smaller lots, smaller side yard set backs, and office space, in this case they will leave it all residential. She advised that they will have a community on site sewage system that has been approved by the health department, they will be connected to the county water system, total area is 4.65 acres, 2.51is open area and all will be maintained by the homeowners assiciation. Rann Folsom stated that they were trying to maximize the land for this one area of their subdivision, as there seems to be a need for patio style homes, and it will only be about four acres of the 300 or so acres they have. He advised that the only difference in these type homes is certain groups of people want small lots, and this is similar to what is in Pine Hills Subdivision. Chairman Dowdy advised that this is a Public Hearing and will not be able to give an answer until the regular September member. Chairman Dowdy asked if there were any comments from the public either for or against the request, and there were none. Motion was made by Mr. Henry to close the Public Hearing, seconded by Mr. Nance, motion carried unanimsouly. Decision will be made at the regular September meeting.
TEXT AMENDMENT TO UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT CODE
Ms. Sangster stated that we need to initiate to amend the Unified Land Development Code as the front porch was not included when the Unified Development Code was approved. She said with the front porch, it makes the astetics of the mobile home look better. She said if Commissioners approve, we will have the Public Hearing next month. Motion was made by Mrs. Pheil to initiate the text amendment to the Unified Development Code approve the Public Hearing at next month’s regular meeting, seconded by Mr. Nance, motion carried unanimously.
DNR REQUEST FOR COUNTY INMATE LABOR DETAIL
Bob Newsome, Department of Natural Resources, and Sheriff Donnie Haralson met with Commissioners to discuss the use of county inmate labor at the state park. Mr. Newsome stated that the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, has about 340 conservation officers that serve the state of Georgia, and they coordinate all the time with state and local law enforcement entities, their people tell them that Crisp County and the Sheriff’s Department are among the finest in the state. He advised that they have entered into discussions with the Sheriff about opportunities where they can employ, through the Sheriff’s Department, an officer that would work for a detail that would serve the maintenance needs at Georgia Veterans State Park. He said that budget cuts has forced them to look at alternatives to serve the public, they have been very successful entering into agreements with the Department of Corrections locally, and it depends on the type of inmate that is in the local institutions that pretty much determines the effectiveness of that crew and services. He said that if we can find people that are detained that would be encouraged to come out and work and help us with projects, then they could provide a better park experience for the people of this area, and he asks the Commissioners consideration and help with this opportunity.