BOC approves redistricting for 100-single family homes

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the request by HG Acquisitions to redistrict 179 acres located at 1036 Duncan Bridge from A-1 Agriculture to R-1 Single-Family District for the purpose of the construction of a 100-home subdivision during Monday’s called meeting and work session.

Commissioners held the required public hearing on the request and nobody spoke in favor of or in opposition

Following a second public hearing, the Board also approved the land use application filed by Gary Hosemann to redistrict 8.28 acres at 4623 Hwy. 254 and Mossy Creek Road from C-1 Community Commercial to A-1 Agriculture Forestry District for the purpose of building his personal residence on the property. Again, there were no speakers in favor of or in objection to the proposal.

Kelli Withrow’s request to redistrict half acre at 2416 Westmoreland Rad from R-1 Residential Single Family to R-3 Residential District (Seasonal) was also approved unanimously.

Commissioners approved addenda No. 3 for the fiscal year 2019 contract with Legacy Link for funding of services provided to the senior center.

The Board also unanimously approved a request for SPLOST funding in the amount of $68,842.45 for a nine-month continuing agreement with ACS Landscape Management for installing and taking care of the ballfields at Yonah Preserve ballfields.

Commissioners did not vote on the on a proposal for architectural services with BCA Studio for the courthouse entryway and sally port project, but directed County Manager Michael Melton to gather more information on the project.

 

 

 

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White County BOC called meeting, work session Monday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners will hold a series of public hearings and discuss several service contracts when it meets in a combined work session and called meeting Monday (Apr. 22) at 4:30 p.m.

Public hearings to be held include a land use application filed by Josh Garrison on behalf of HG Acquisitions to redistrict 179 acres at 1036 Duncan Bridge Road in Saute Nacoochee from A-1 Agriculture Forestry District to R-1 Residential Family District; Gary Hosemann’s application to redistrict 8.28 acres at 4623 Hwy. 254 in Cleveland from C-1 Community Commercial to A-1 Agriculture Forestry District and Kelli Withrow’s application to redistrict .50 acres at 2416 Westmoreland Road in Cleveland from R-1 Residential Single-Family District to R-3 Residential District (Seasonal).

Commissioners will discuss a proposal for landscape services with ACS Landscape Management at Yonah Preserve Ballfield Complex and a proposal for architectural services with BCA Studios for the courthouse entryway and sally port renovation project.

Other items on Monday’s agenda include:

  • Consideration of approval of addenda No. 3 for the fiscal year 2019 contract with Legacy Link for funding of services provided by the White County Senior Center;
  • Consideration of the appointment of Ms. Katherine Thompson, executive director of the South Enotah Child Advocacy Center to the White County Department of Family and Children’s Services Board;
  • Consideration of the adoption of a fee resolution for the White County Alcohol Ordinance.

 

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Commissioners proclaim 9-1-1 Week in White County

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County Commissioners meeting in a combined work session and called meeting Monday presented a proclamation declaring 9-1-1 week in White County.

The White County 9-1-1 Central Communications Division is an integral part of the White County Office of Public Safety. The division provided optimum communications for the White County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Service, Emergency Medical Services, Animal Control, Cleveland Police Department, Cleveland Fire Department, Helen Police Department and Helen Fire Department.

The E 9-1-1 Communications Center is a 24/7 operation and is manned by four 12 hour shifts utilizing three to four communications officers per shift.

The Center processes phone calls from three sources, 9-1-1 emergency lines, alarm lines and administrative lines. Emergency line are accessed by dialing 9-1-1 or by being transferred from another 9-1-1 center. Alarm lines are used only by alarm monitoring companies reporting various alarms. Administrative lines are uses for all other phone calls.

Public Safety Director David Murphy told commissioners, “In 2018, the call volume increased by 29 percent to 136,940. Radio transmissions/incidents decreased by 12 percent to 164,378.

He added, “The busiest hours of the day are from 8 a.m. until midnight with the busiest days tied between Tuesday and Friday. The busiest agency we serve is the sheriff’s office and the second busiest is the Cleveland Police Department. ”

The 9-1-1 center is led by Chief Leah Sullens.

 

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BOC worked its way through a 3-hour session Monday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Monday’s White County Board of Commissioners combined work session and regular meeting was a lengthy one, lasting more than three hours as commissioners dealt with three public hearings and again wrestled with the short-term rental issue.

Commissioners held public hearings then approved three rezoning requests. Kelli Withrow asked for and received unanimous approval to rezone five acres located at 3216 Hwy. 75 South in Cleveland from Community Commercial District to Highway Business District (Seasonal) to permit the cottages at the Mossy Creek Wedding Venue to be converted to short-term rental units.

Commissioners also approved the request of Melo Hairapetian to rezone 3.72 acres at 102 Dock Dorsey Road from Community Commercial District to Highway Business District to add a shop for diesel repair.G

Keith Edsall and Gina Santaniello asked to have 4.79 acres at 103 Blackwell Drive rezoned from single family district to residential district (Seasonal) to qualify for short-term rental.

Commissioners also approved preliminary road acceptance for Samson Way and Charleston Lane in the Reserve at Mossy Creek. There is a two-year waiting period and the issue will have to come back before the Board to ensure the roads meet the standards for county acceptance.

In other business, commissioners:

  • Approved a resolution proclaiming this to be 9-1-1 Appreciation Week in White county;
  • Approved a resolution proclaiming April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month;
  • Approved a motion to go out for bids for repair of the driveway area at Fire Station No. 6 on Hwy. 129 North;
  • Agreed to extend the hours at the Parks & Recreation Gym from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.;
  • Agreed to eliminate the fee for use of the gymnasium to anyone under the age of 15 when accompanied by an adult;
  • Tabled a decision regarding violations of the Mountain Protection Ordinance at 186 Cub Trail and 41 Nugget Drive;
  • Continued their discussion about how to regulate short-term rentals in the county.

 

 

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White County Board of Commissioners meets Monday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County Commissioners will conduct three land use application public hearings when they meet in a combined work session and regular meeting Monday at 4:30 p.m.

The first public hearing on the agenda is for Kelli Withrow who has requested that five acres located at 3216 Hwy. 75 South be redistricted from Agriculture Forestry District (A1) to Residential District Seasonal (R3).

The second is for Melo Hairapetian who has requested redistricting of 3.72 acres located at 102 Doc Dorsey Road from Community Commercial District (C1) to Highway Business District (C2).

The third public hearing is for Keith Edsall and Gina Santaniello who have requested that 4.79 acres located at 103 Blackwell Drive be redistricted from Single-Family District (R1) to Residential District Seasonal (R3).

Commission Chairman Travis Turner will read a proclamation in recognition of 911 appreciation week in White County and another that proclaims that April is Child Abuse Prevention month.

The Board will also consider:

  • Approval of preliminary road acceptance for Samson Way and Charleston Lane in the reserve at Mossy Creek subdivision;
  • Violations of the Mountain Protection Ordinance at 186 Cub Trail  and 41 Nugget Drive in Sautee Nacoochee;
  • Improvements to the parking/driveway area at the White County Fire Station No. 6 on Hwy. 129 North;
  • Various items for the White County Parks and Recreation Department, including hours of operation, fees for White County school students and the Department of Natural Resources annual trout release;
  • Purchase of bleachers for Yonah Preserve Recreational Park;
  • Revisions to the White County Land Use Ordinance related to required public hearings procedure and short term vacation rentals.

 

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BOC to vote on contract to resurface Westmoreland Rd.

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners are expected to vote on awarding a contract for the resurfacing of Westmoreland Road to CW Matthews in the amount of $890,342.82 when it meets in regular session Monday (March 4) at 4:30 p.m.

Funding for the project is dedicated from the Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) and Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).

Commissioners will also consider awarding a contracts to Greenville Turf and Tractor in the amount of $12,973.74 for a bunker and infield rake; Kabe Cain Enterprises ($18,900) for a 4-wheel drive utility tractor; Nelson Tractor ($12,645) for a utility tractor and Howard Bros. ($12,784) for a commercial grade zero turn riding mower).

Several revisions to the White County Code of Ordinances will be voted on under the consent agenda, including standard operating procedures, emergency management advisory council, payment for services rendered by reserves of the county fire department and volunteer firefighter standard attendance and participation.  Items listed under the consent agenda do not require further discussion since they were considered during the last work session and may be approved as a group.

Under new business, commissioners will hold a public hearing for a land use application permit filed by Jesse Darin Knaus to redistrict 3.76 acres located at 252 Garland Bristol Road, Sautee Nacoochee from Community Commercial District (C-1) to Residential Single Family District (R-1)

The Board will also vote on adopting a surplus resolution for equipment assigned to the White County Public Safety and Public Works departments and a resolution of revision to the White County Alcohol Ordinance.

Commissioners will also read a proclamation of recognition of the Public Safety – Animal Control divisions for their achievements.

 

 

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Short-term rentals back on BOC agenda Monday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The issue of short-term rentals will be back before the White County Board of Commissioners when it holds a voting session Monday (Feb. 25) at 4:30 p.m. followed immediately by a called meeting.

Two weeks ago, commissioners directed staff to draft a stand-alone ordinance to regulate what has become a booming business nationwide. The issue is considerably more complex than what it seems on the surface.

On the one hand, those who would like to rent rooms in their home on a short-term basis argue they have a right to use their property as they see fit. On the other, some neighbors counter that kind of activity can affect security in the neighborhood as well as property values.

Nix advised staff to pay attention to health issues while drafting regulations. “You’ve got health issues when drafting criteria,” he said “Are (rentals) on public water? Are they on well water? Is the sewage system designed to handle what they are doing?”

There are also licensing issues, insurance issues, parking issues and zoning issues to be addressed.

Commissioners had to decide whether to regulate short-term rentals under the county’s land use plan or to draft a stand-alone ordinance. They voted unanimously for the stand-alone ordinance.

Also on Monday’s agenda, commissioners will discuss:

  • A proclamation in recognition of Exceptional Children’s Week March 4-8;
  • A request to improve Redd Road;
  • Proposed revisions to the White County Code of Ordinances relative to Emergency Services;
  • Proposed surplus resolutions for public safety and the road department;
  • Bids received for resurfacing Westmoreland Road under the local maintenance improvement grant (LMIG);
  • Bids received for Yonah Preserve Equipment (mower, tractor, bunker rake and utility vehicle);
  • Proposed revisions to the alcohol ordinance;
  • Approval of the March 4 regular meeting agenda.

 

 

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Public hearings on tap for Monday BOC agenda

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners will conduct two public hearings during the combined work session and regular meeting scheduled for Monday, Feb. 4 at 4:30 p.m.

Jesse Darin Knaus has requested a land use application to redistrict 3.76 acres located at 252 Garland Bristol Road in Sautee Nachochee from Community Commercial District (C-1) to Residential single family district  (R-1).

Judith Tolhurst has requested a conditional use permit to redistrict 4.5 acres located at 515 Tolhurst Road in Cleveland from residential single-family district to enter the vacation rental by owner program.

Other items on Monday’s agenda include:

  • A discussion of mountain protection ordinance violations in Panorama Estates in Sautee Nacoochee;
  • Consideration of a proposal to bring the White County Alzheimer’s Respite Program under the umbrella of senior center operations;
  • Consideration of the Legacy Link Fiscal Year 2019 contract addenda for operation of the White County Senior Center;
  • Consideration of the appointment of Lindsey Oliver to the White County Recreation Advisory Board to fulfill the remainder of a three-year term to expire Dec. 31, 2019;
  • Discussion of the status of short term vacation rentals;
  • Discussion of a Board of Commissioners Admin vehicle;
  • A presentation of the monthly financial status report.

 

 

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