Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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May 16, 2014

Commissioners honor young athletes

Cordele — County Commissioners here read and signed two resolutions honoring young athletes for their performance in state level competition.

Eight-year-olds Ricky Johnson and Reagan Bozeman, members of the Crisp County Recreation Department track team, recently traveled to Carrollton to compete with over 700 other youngsters from other districts at the Georgia Recreation Parks Association state track meet.

Johnson, who is the son of Ricky Johnson and Shelese Morgan, raced his way into first place wins in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He also earned second place honors in the long jump and as a member of the third place 4x400 meter relay team.

Bozeman, whose parents are Eric and Christy Bozeman, tossed her way into the first place slot in the softball throw, hurling a total distance of 70 feet. She also placed 11th in the 400-meter dash and 9th in the 800-meter run.

Bernard Harvey is the head coach of the CCRD track team and is assisted by Eric Morgan and Brandon Mullino. CCRD Director Eric Bozeman was also present at the meeting.

Commission Chairman Authur James Nance read the resolutions and commissioners congratulating both Johnson and Bozeman on their accomplishments and bringing notoriety to their community.

Commissioners held public hearings regarding multiple matters during their meeting Tuesday.

The first of those hearings was to consider road closings of a portion  of Carroll and Allen Roads. There was no opposition to the abandonment during the hearing so that item was approved by the board.

A public hearing was also held for in order to gain public input of a proposed text amendment to the Unified Land Development Code. Again, commissioners received no opposition to the change which was approved.

The third public hearing was held in regards to a request made by owners of Fritz Farm for a special use permit to locate an event facility in a rural residential (RR) zone district.

Representatives of Fritz Farm made a presentation to commissioners regarding the benefits of having the event facility located on the farm. They discussed the revenue it would bring not only to the farm itself but to the community. The event facility would be open for weddings, graduation class reunions, revivals and a number of other things.

With the increasingly popular farm weddings, revenue would come not just to the farm but to local vendors, hotels, and florists.

“This could be a popular venue,” said commissioner Wallace Mathis. “It will help bring attention to Cordele/Crisp County.”

Mathis made the motion to grant the request which was seconded by commissioner Clark Henderson and unanimously approved by the board.

A final public hearing was held in regard to the Synergy Solutions pre-application for funding from the 2014 Community Development Block Grant Employment Incentive Program (CDBG EIP).

The purpose of the hearing was to allow for public comments about the application. No comments were made in favor or against the application so the hearing was closed and a resolution was passed authorizing the preparation and submittal of the application for the CDBG EIP-14 Funding Cycle.

Tom Curles and citizens residing in Cedar Lake sub-division addressed commissioners regarding the flooding of the area during heavy rains.

Curles informed commissioners that when he built his home there over 30 years ago the area was not a flood zone. Growth that has sprung up in the area since then has caused the excessive run-off. Curles said many residents come close to losing their homes each year to flooding.

Commissioners agreed that something needs to be done to rectify the situation and pledged their assistance in the matter. Curles said speaking with Norfolk Southern Railroad to install 60 inch diameter pipes under the railroad would be the best course of action.

Also on the agenda;

• Commissioners read and signed the Watermelon Days 2014 proclamation.

• A tentative budget hearing was set for June 10.

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