Jonah Lane Rezoning under legal questioning

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The Jasper City Council went into closed session in February to discuss their action on Jonah Lane from December 2019.

Mayor John Weaver told citizens they were discussing a legal issue with Jonah Lane and recognized City Attorney Bill Pickett to give the City’s official stance on the rezoning.

Pickett said that the Council did vote to re-zone the property to R-3 with a condition of receiving a letter from the Appalachian Regional Commission that it did not violate a grant the city had received. With no motion from the council to rescind the rezoning and no request from the property owner to rescind it, the rezoning is moving forward.

This statement comes after January’s Council meeting when public comments surged against the issue and urged the council to reconsider the effects it would have on neighboring commercial developments. The rezoning in question was a C-2 lot as well. Now the rezoning sets it to residential amid other commercial developments. Citizens began protesting the issue in the meeting saying that police would undoubtedly be called as many of the neighboring commercial business owners gave examples of their businesses operating in unusual hours and causing noise that would be acceptable in commercial but considered excessive in residential zones.

More complaints came in February as citizens began questioning the legality of the issue. One business owner claims he was not properly notified of the rezoning. He also claims he has proof of the failure to notify. A claim disputed by Pickett as he says the city’s department says they did notify the adjoining properties of the request. The business owner also suggested he has had difficulties receiving requested documents. These allegations, as well as others from another neighbor to the property, suggested the city would be seeing legal ramifications if they move forward with the rezoning.

Mayor Weaver closed discussions of the issue saying, “The council’s action in December was specific… we are to follow what the council did that evening and we are aware of the issue.”

Mayor Weaver did voice opinions against the rezoning in December and to possible issues arising from it, but as the voting council members voted in favor of the rezoning, it is the council’s votes that direct the city’s efforts.

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Pickens County Board of Commissioners Holds Regular Meeting March 17th 2016

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The Pickens County held its regular board meeting on March 17th 2016.  The Board signed the Keep Pickens Beautiful Proclamation.

FYN would like to remind everyone that April is old tire month where each household can take up to four old tires to the landfill for free during the month.  April was designated as Great American Clean up month.  Keep Pickens Beautiful will be celebrating its 27 years in existence.

The Board also signed the Georgia County Internship Program Grant Agreement by and between the ACCG and Pickens County.  The Grant will pay an intern up to 200 hours at $10 per hour for work performed between May 1st 2016 and September 1, 2016.  This is at no cost to the county.  The intern will help in the Planning and Development office.  This is the 2nd year Pickens County has received this grant.

Two rezone requests were approved with both coming to the Commission Board with 7-0 approval and recommendation from the Planning Commission.  Both properties are located on Carlan Road in Jasper.  The first rezone request by Bryan and Misty Johnson will allow the property to be used for beef cattle.  The second rezone request will allow for the owner to clear property to build a home.

The Board also moved to allow Commission Chair Rob Jones to research security cameras for the Administration Building.  Jones said he would bring the information back to the Board before making final decision on the cameras.
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