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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
IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OFDODGE COUNTY GEORGIA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
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
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
Clerk Superior Court
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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