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  • Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000: Eastman city council approves zoning board recommendation - The Dodge County News
    By Taelor Rye
    Although Greg, Todd and Merle Peacock were not present for the Eastman City Council’s meeting on August 24, the council nonetheless voted to approve Eastman Planning and Zoning’s recommendation not to change the zoning for an area including Wright Drive and 2nd Avenue from R-1 to R-2.
    R1 and R2 are residential designations essentially indicating the difference in the number of family units on a given property.
    According to Article VI, §62.1 of the Appendix A of the Eastman City Code, “Single-family detached dwelling for one housekeeping unit only… Trailer parks and/or mobile home parks are expressly prohibited in the R-1 district.”
    Additionally, Article VII, §72.2 addresses R-2 districting: “Multiple-family dwelling units for any number of families will be permitted in an R-2 zone.”
    Before making its vote, the council allowed a period of audience participation for or against the impending decision from the council in lieu of the Peacocks’ own proposal.
    During this period, several speakers who did not formally identify themselves to the council spoke on the alleged potential damage that rezoning the area would impose.
    One said, “When we read about it in the paper, they were calling it apartments, then when we got to the [planning and zoning] meeting last week, they were calling it not condominiums but townhouses. We don’t understand where it got changed.”
    Another stated, “I live in that neighborhood, and even if you ‘R-2’ just that particularly piece of property, it’s still going to affect that neighborhood in a negative way… Most of the people in that area are already congested.” She went on to explain the damages to her own property concerning city sewage, stating that there are already existing issues yet to be addressed and that adding multi-family dwellings would worsen the problem.
    Jerry McCranie, on behalf of her mother, spoke on the devaluation of existing property that such a project would cause.
    One other citizen requested information regarding trailers within city limits, and city council member Milton Johnson answered that part of the city code may allow them as R-1A.
    In fact, Article VI, §62.3 (J) of Appendix A of the city code states that “Single family mobile homes or single-family manufactured homes” may be allowed in an R-1 district, and §63 states that “Any use permitted in an R-1 zone shall apply in the R-1A Single-Family district,” including a single-family trailer.
    However, rezoning to R-2 would allow the potential for trailer parks, according to Article VII, §72.5.
    Regardless, the idea of rezoning at all was a moot point to the council.
    City council member Raymond Mullis stated that his vote to approve planning and zoning’s declination of the rezoning request was based on not knowing what was going to be built on the property.
    Johnson mirrored that, with the “absence of a site plan to see what’s coming there… it’s going to be hard for me to vote in favor of it [rezoning].”
    He then clarified, “I do feel that the proposal for the project is not far off from where the city wants to go with their comprehensive plan. There are some elements to it that I could be in favor of, but… [due to] the absence of a plan to actually see what is coming or what is being proposed to be brought, I’m not with it.”
    Pittman stated, “This is my district… I have a big question, and it’s been echoed: what’s going there? I’ve heard for months that it’s low-income housing, and from architectural design, this is all I saw last week [at the planning and zoning meeting].”
    Pittman then held up a picture of the proposed building that was presented at the planning and zoning committee, commenting, “This is real nice. It’s extremely nice: three-story condominiums with garages on the bottom floor and two floors of living areas on the top two. There’s going to be elevators in some of them… but there were no plans – no site plans.”

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  • Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000: Election qualifying begins Monday - The Dodge County News
    By Cindy Eckles
    Election superintendent James A. Callier called general elections for the City of Chauncey, City of Chester and City of Rhine on November 3, 2015.

    Qualifying opened Monday, August 31, and will end on Thursday, September 3, at 4:00 p.m. for mayor and two council seats in Chauncey and for mayor and one council member in Rhine. Qualifying will end at 12:00 noon on Friday, September 5, in Chester for mayor and a council seat.

    The City of Eastman will also called for a general election for city council districts 2, 3 and 4. Qualifying will end at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 4.

    In Chauncey, mayor Carrie Carr resigned on July 20, 2015, which opens that position. Incumbents Tim Brown and Nellie Battles currently hold the two council seats.

    In Chester, incumbent Charles Parker currently serves as mayor, and the seats of incumbents Glynn Pittman, Susan Coley, Vanessa Henley and Elaine Bailey will be open.

    In Rhine, incumbent Carter Clements currently serves as mayor, and the council seats of incumbents Allen Parrish, Eddie Cravey, JoAnn Hamilton and Jaqueline Clements will be open.

    Incumbent Buddy Pittman represents district 2, Raymond Mullis represents district 3, and Bobby Slye represents district 4 in the general election called by the City of Eastman.

    Qualifying will be held at the individual city offices.

    Advanced voting will begin on October 12, 2015, and end on October 30, 2015, and will be conducted at the respective city offices.

    On Election Day, November 3, polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the respective cities.
  • Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000: Log truck overturns - The Dodge County News
    An 18-wheel log truck overturned approximately five miles north of Eastman on U.S. 341 (Hawkinsville Highway) at approximately 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25. The driver of the truck was injured and was taken to Dodge County Hospital. Both the north- and southbound lanes of traffic were blocked due to logs in the roadways. No more information on the accident was available at press time. (Photo by Tracey Graham)
  • Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000: School year begins - The Dodge County News
    Parents were busy taking their children back to school for the new year on Wednesday, August 19. Pictured above are parents with students at South Dodge Elementary. Dodge County Schools Superintendent Dr. Melinda Dennis commented, “The school year has begun very smoothly. I am always excited when teachers return and even more excited to see our students. I have been in every school and every classroom, and our teachers and instructional staff have put forth outstanding effort in preparing for the return of students. Truly, all have come back to school with smiles, positive attitudes and expectations for a great 2015-2016 school year. I am honored to serve this community as superintendent of schools. Presently, our enrollment is 3,258 students, which is consistent with enrollment from the previous year.” (Photo by Cindy Eckles)
  • Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:08:49 +0000: Legals August 26, 2015 Page 1 - The Dodge County News
    1004 CONDEMNATIONS

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    CITA­TION
    IN THE SU­PE­RI­OR COURT OFDODGE COUN­TY GEOR­GIA
    DE­PART­MENT OF TRANS­POR­TA­TION
    VS.
    0.091 ACR­ES OF LAND; AND CER­TAIN EASE­MENT RIGHTS; AND LYNN C. BRACK; MAR­TY BRACK; CIT­I­ZENS BANK AND TRUST COM­PA­NY; AND DODGE COUN­TY TAX COM­MIS­SION­ER, IN­DI­VIDU­AL­LY
    DOCK­ET NO. 15-V-7610
    IN REM_____________
    The said named per­sons and any and all oth­er per­sons known and un­known
    claim­ing any right, ti­tle, pow­er, in­ter­est, ow­ner­ship, eq­ui­ty, claim or de­mand in and to the lands here­i­naft­er de­scribed, and all oc­cup­ants, ten­ants, less­ees, li­cen­sees and all hold­ers, own­ers and us­ers of ways and ease­ments in, across, over and un­der said land are here­by no­ti­fied, un­der the pro­vi­sions of the Of­fi­cial Code of Geor­gia An­no­tat­ed Sec­tions 32-3-4 through 32-3-19, pro­vid­ing for the ex­er­cise of the pow­er of em­in­ent do­main by the State of Geor­gia, or any of its sub­di­vi­sions, or by any coun­ty of such State, as fol­lows:
    That the above stated case, be­ing a con­dem­na­tion in rem against the prop­er­ty here­i­naft­er de­scribed, was filed in said Court on the 11th day of Au­gust, 2015; That, in ac­cor­dance with pro­vi­sions of the afore­said Of­fi­cial Code, a Dec­la­ra­tion of Tak­ing, duly au­thor­ized and prop­er­ly ex­e­cut­ed as pro­vid­ed by the Of­fi­cial Code, has been made and filed in said case, de­clar­ing the ne­cess­i­ty for and ex­er­cis­ing the pow­er of tak­ing the said de­scribed lands for State-aid pub­lic road pur­pos­es, there­by vest­ing the ti­tle to same in the De­part­ment of Trans­por­ta­tion; and, in pur­suance of such au­thor­i­ty, the De­part­ment of Trans­por­ta­tion has de­pos­it­ed with the Clerk of the Su­pe­ri­or Court of said Coun­ty $7,900.00 as the just com­pen­sa­tion for the said lands de­scribed; and all per­sons claim­ing such fund or any in­ter­est there­in, are here­by re­quired to make known their claims to the Court; In ac­cor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of the Of­fi­cial Code of Geor­gia An­no­tat­ed, the Plain­tiff-Con­dem­nor has prayed the Court for Im­me­diate pos­ses­sion of said prop­er­ty, and all per­sons hav­ing any in­ter­est in or claim against such prop­er­ty, as above set forth, are re­quired by the Or­der of the Judge of said Court to sur­render pos­ses­sion of the prop­er­ty to the De­part­ment of Trans­por­ta­tion no lat­er than 30 days from fil­ing of the Dec­la­ra­tion of Tak­ing.
    That in ac­cor­dance with the Of­fi­cial Code of Geor­gia An­no­tat­ed Sec­tion 32-3-13 through 32-3-19, if the own­er, or any of the own­ers, or any per­son hav­ing a claim against or in­ter­est in said prop­er­ty, shall be dis­sat­is­fied with the com­pen­sa­tion, as es­ti­mat­ed in the Dec­la­ra­tion of Tak­ing and de­pos­it­ed in Court, such per­son or per­sons, or any of them, shall have the right, at any time sub­se­quent to the fil­ing of the Dec­la­ra­tion and the de­pos­it of the fund into Court but not lat­er than 30 days fol­low­ing the date of serv­ice as pro­vid­ed for in the Of­fi­cial Code of Geor­gia An­no­tat­ed Sec­tions 32-3-8 through 32-3-10 to file with the Court a no­tice of ap­peal, the same to be in writ­ing and made a part of the record in the pro­ceed­ings.
    The said prop­er­ty, as thus af­fect­ed, is de­scribed as fol­lows:
    SEE PAGE 20-A; 20-B; DE­SCRIP­TION
    This 11th day of Au­gust, 2015
    RHETT WALK­ER
    Clerk Su­pe­ri­or Court
    DODGE COUN­TY
    PRO­JECT NUMBER: MLP00-0087-00 (045) DODGE COUN­TY
    Par­cel Numbers: 118/119
    Re­quired RAN: 0.091 acr­es of land; and cer­tain ease­ment rights
    Prop­er­ty Own­er: LYNN C. BRACK; MAR­TY BRACK; CIT­I­ZENS BANK AND TRUST COM­PA­NY; AND DODGE COUN­TY TAX COM­MIS­SION­ER
    All those tracts or par­cels of land ly­ing and be­ing in Land Lot 22 of the 20th Land Dis­trict of Dodge Coun­ty, Geor­gia, be­ing more par­ticu­lar­ly de­scribed as fol­lows:
    PAR­CEL NO. 118
    BE­GIN­NING at a point on the south­east­ern prop­er­ty line of the con­dem­nees, said point be­ing 70.00 feet right of and op­posite sta­tion 322+20.81 on the con­struc­tion cen­ter­line of State Ro­ute 87/US 23 on Geor­gia High­way Pro­ject MLP00-0087-00 (045); run­ning thence south­west­er­ly along said prop­er­ty line a dis­tance of 21.51 feet to a point 50.00 feet right of and op­posite sta­tion 322+12.88 on said cen­ter­line, said point also be­ing a point on the ex­ist­ing north­east­ern right of way line of State Ro­ute 87/US 23; thence north­west­er­ly along said ex­ist­ing right of way line a dis­tance of 81.50 feet to a point 50.00 feet right of and op­posite sta­tion 322+94.38 on said cen­ter­line, said point also be­ing a point on the north­west­ern prop­er­ty line of the con­dem­nees; thence north­east­er­ly along said lat­ter prop­er­ty line a dis­tance of 20.75 feet to a point 66.99 feet right of and op­posite sta­tion 323+06.29 on said cen­ter­line; thence S 19° 07’ 41.3” E a dis­tance of 85.53 feet back to the point of BE­GIN­NING.
    PAR­CEL NO. 119
    BE­GIN­NING at a point on the north­west­ern prop­er­ty line of the con­dem­nees, said point be­ing 66.99 feet right of and op­posite sta­tion 323+06.29 on the con­struc­tion cen­ter­line of State Ro­ute 87/US 23 on Geor­gia High­way Pro­ject MLP00-0087-00 (045); run­ning thence south­west­er­ly along said prop­er­ty line a dis­tance of 20.75 feet to a point 50.00 feet right of and op­posite sta­tion 322+94.38 on said cen­ter­line, said point also be­ing a point on the north­east­ern ex­ist­ing right of way line of State Ro­ute 87/US 23; thence north­west­er­ly along said ex­ist­ing right of way line a dis­tance of 141.25 feet to a point 50.00 feet right of and
    op­posite sta­tion 324+35.63 on said cen­ter­line, said point also be­ing a point on the
    north­west­ern prop­er­ty line of the con­dem­nees; thence north­east­er­ly along said lat­ter
    prop­er­ty line a dis­tance of 20.51 feet to a point 67.00 feet right of and op­posite sta­tion 324+47.10 on said cen­ter­line; thence S 17° 06’ 38.9” E a dis­tance of 140.81 feet back to the point of BE­GIN­NING.
    Said de­scribed lands be­ing the re­quired right of ways and are shown col­ored yel­low on the at­tached plats marked An­nex 1-A.
    BE­GIN­NING at a point on the south­east­ern prop­er­ty line of the con­dem­nees, said point be­ing 66.99 feet right of and op­posite sta­tion 323+06.29 on the con­struc­tion cen­ter­line of State Ro­ute 87/US 23 on Geor­gia High­way Pro­ject MLP00-0087-00 (045); run­ning thence north­west­er­ly along a straight line to a point 67.00 feet right of and op­posite sta­tion 323+77.19 oh said cen­ter­line; thence south­east­er­ly along a straight line to a point 110.93 feet right of and op­posite sta­tion 323+57.03 on said cen­ter­line; thence south­east­er­ly along a straight line to a point 110.94 feet right of and op­posite sta­tion 323+37.06 on said cen­ter­line, said point also be­ing a point on the south­east­ern prop­er­ty line of the con­dem­nees; thence south­west­er­ly along said lat­ter prop­er­ty line back to the point of BE­GIN­NING. Said de­scribed land be­ing a tem­po­rary ease­ment for the con­struc­tion of a dri­ve­way and is shown col­ored orange on the at­tached plats marked An­nex 1-A.
    The ti­tle, es­tate, or in­ter­est in the above de­scribed lands, re­quired by con­dem­nor and now tak­en by con­dem­nor for pub­lic use is as fol­lows: Fee sim­ple ti­tle to the above de­scribed lands as shown col­ored yel­low on the plats dat­ed 10th day of March, 2008: Last Re­vised: Sheet Nos. 33 and 35 No­vem­ber 23, 2014, and at­tached to Ap­pen­dix “A” to Ex­hib­it “A” as An­nex 1A.
    A tem­po­rary ease­ment is con­demned for the right to con­struct a dri­ve­way to con­nect the new­ly con­struct­ed road and right of way to the con­dem­nees re­main­ing lands for dri­ve­way pur­pos­es. Said ease­ment will ex­pire on Janu­ary 1, 2019, and is shown col­ored orange on the at­tached plats marked An­nex 1-A. Upon com­ple­tion of the pro­ject, the dri­ve­way will re­main in place for use by the con­dem­nees.

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