LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. -After much debate and changes the board of commissioners approved the amendment to the character area map in their meeting on Jan. 18.
The board also gave staff the go-ahead to start planning the new animal shelter project and the board heard some concerns from the public on the matter. Lastly, the board recognized Lumpkin County employees for their years of service.
The board began discussing the change to the character area map for 283 Red Oak Flats Loop, Dahlonega, GA 30533, parcel 098-
015 in Dec. This change was to make the area an industrial park for use of the business Amicalola Propane. The board voted to table the decision to give staff more time to outline conditions and definitions for the amendment.
At the work session on Jan. 4, the board discussed more changes they wish to see before moving forward with approval. To view that information visit https://lumpkin.fetchyournews.com/2022/01/05/board-continues-to-discuss-character-area-map-amendment/. At the meeting on Jan. 18 the board took action on the character area map amendment and they voted to approve it with conditions.
There were ten conditions approved some of those are 1. only light industrial and lesser uses shall be allowed, 2. no noise shall be audible between the hours of 6:00 p.m. through 7:00 a.m., 3. no dust shall leave the property, and 4. no order or smell shall leave the property. To view, the full list of conditions please go to http://lumpkincountyga.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1570&Inline=True. The conditions begin on page 36.
Special Projects Director Ashely Peck brought the board a list of what staff needed to begin planning on the new animal shelter. Peck asked the board for an owner’s representative, an architect for the project, and a construction manager at risk build model. The board gave Peck the nod to go forward.
” The owner’s representative of course this is the model we used for the library and I think it ended up saving the taxpayers a lot of money by doing that so I would be in support of that, obtain the services of an architect I think we should certainly look at that we’ve got to have a good plan going forward, and then the authorization of the construction manager at risk build model I think that gives us the most control and the best opportunity to save money,” explained Chris Dockery Chairman of the Board.
Three citizens came forward to express concerns about the proposed location of the shelter and the impact that it will have on them and their property values. The board heard the concerns and invited the community to continue to work with them as the project moves forward.
The board also recognized its employees that have been with the county for five, ten, fifteen, twenty, and forty-five years of service. Not all employees that received the recognition were present at the meeting however Mrs. Maire Satterfield was present. Satterfield has worked with the Lumpkin County Sherriff’s office since 1976.
“Since 1976 this dedicated employee has served the citizens of Lumpkin County, it amazes me that she’s still going strong and I can tell you and I think Stacy Jarrard would tell you the same thing he’d be lost without her, she is a wealth of institutional knowledge and just certainly a great person,” praised Dockery.