WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – One day after Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order limiting gatherings to 10 or fewer people as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, county commissioners held a two-and-a-half hour called meeting via teleconference.
The governor’s order did not go into effect until noon Tuesday. The commissioners’ meeting, which was frequently interrupted by technical difficulties, started at 9 a.m. and ended at 11:38 a.m.
Commission Chairman Travis Turner did his best under difficult circumstances to keep the meeting moving forward and he assured the listening audience that it did comply with the governor’s order regarding “social distancing.”
Commissioners approved 10 separate land use applications then voted to impose a moratorium on action or acceptance of land use applications until April 26.
They also awarded a contract to resurface approximately two miles of Westmoreland Road to Stratton and Sons Construction in the amount of $647,281.10. Much of that will be funded by a Local Maintenance Improvement Grant in the amount of $461,758.
Commissioners approved land use applications filed by:
Patricia Rottenberg for a conditional use permit for five acres on Hester Road to be placed in the county’s short-term rental program;
Herb Lanphear for a conditional use permit for one acre at 1224 Poplar Stump Road in Helen to be placed in the county’s short-term rental program;
Robert Loomis for a conditional use permit for 13.36 acres at 92 Chattahoochee Acres Drive in Cleveland to be placed in the county’s short-term rental program;
Robert Loomis for a conditional use permit on 13.36 acres at 1049 Chattahoochee Acres Drive in Cleveland to be placed in the county’s short-term rental program;
Bryan Lee to redistrict 5.94 acres at Ga. Hwy. 115 East in Cleveland from R-1 (Residential Single-Family to C-2 Highway Business;
Bryan Lee to redistrict 4.5 acres on Ga. Hwy. 115 East in Cleveland from R-1 Residential Single-Family to C-2 Highway Business;
The Board approved Lee’s request with the stipulations that Leyland Cypress trees be planted along the border in a staggered fashion, a coated plastic hurricane fence be erected, no lights along the back border and a 25-foot setback to the edge of the retaining pond.
Verizon Wireless for a conditional use permit on 71.65 acres at 291 West Farm Road in Cleveland to place antennas on an existing cell tower;
Carol Chambers Crumley for a conditional use permit on 2.23 acres at 591 Dock Dorsey Road in Cleveland to be placed in the county’s short-term rental program;
Lisa Parker for a conditional use permit on 17.15 acres at 768 Tolhurst Road in Cleveland to be placed in the county’s short-term rental program;
Chad Knott to redistrict 1.7 acres at 26 Carolina Springs Road in Sautee Nacoochee from Community Commercial District C-1 to C-2 Highway Business.
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