Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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January 19, 2013

Commissioners consider road abandonment

Vienna — During their regular meeting Thursday, Dooly County Commissioners conducted a public hearing regarding a proposed road abandonment.

The request, which was submitted by Ronald Everidge, asked that the county abandon Hilltop Road, just north of Unadilla.  Steve Sanders, county administrator, informed the board that the road dead ends and taccording to the county’s tax map involves three parcels. Everidge owns two of the properties and the other is owned by Franklin Bledsoe.

“If the road does not serve a substantial public purpose, it can be abandoned,” said Sanders.

No one attended the meeting to voice opposition to the abandonment, and Sanders said he would begin the process for abandoning the road. The first step is to speak with property owners on the roadway.

A rezoning request recommended by the Dooly County Planning Commission was also approved. Ottis M. Beard III had filed an application to rezone a four-acre lot located at 3875 Collins Road (Parcel 73B-9) from industrial to residential. The planning commission conducted a public hearing on Jan. 14 in order to obtain the public input, and there was no opposition.

Sanders announced that the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will be conducting a Detour Open House on Jan. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. regarding plans to replace two bridges on Highway 230 - one at Turkey Creek near the Drayton Community (mile post 0.114 and the other, also on Turkey Creek, near Unadilla (mile post 15.13). Commissioners agreed that the main question for the GDOT will be whether there will be a bypass and how the public will travel while construction is underway.

Also on the agenda:

• Rhonda Lamb-Heath and Cheryl Card gave the board an update on the Flint Humane Society. Heath thanked the board for its continued support. She said the shelter continues to take in and adopt out animals. In order to raise funds the group sponsors at least one fundraiser each month.

Commissioner David Barron inquired what steps, if any, could or would be taken to control the noise level coming from the shelter. Some citizens have been complaining about the barking, he said.

Heath informed Barron that the dogs bark when something is going on or they are hungry. She said that automatic feeders could be an option and looking into planting some shrubbery or trees would help buffer the sound. Commissioner Eugene Cason asked about spaying and neutering animals, and Heath informed him that the animals they take in do get fixed.

Through a special deal, she said, the cost for that service is $50 per dog and $25 per cat. She said an animal that has already been spayed/neutered tends to be more adoptable. Cason then asked how someone could assist the FHS. Heath said donations, both monetary and supplies are always welcome.

• Valecia Sales with the Dooly County Community Enrichment Coalition and Christine Kingdom, president of the Roger Kingdom Foundation met with commissioners regarding Kingdom’s application for drug funds which Sales distributes. Kingdom’s request for the foundation was $3,000 but she said she has not received any funds. Commissioner Charles Anderson said he would like for the ladies to work together on the matter.

• Sanders announced that the clock on the courthouse tower is operational once again, keeping correct time and lighting up at night. It is not chiming, however.


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