Lee County delays action on subdivision

LEESBURG, Ga. -- The Lee County Commission voted to table a request by a local developer to approve a finalized plat for a proposed subdivision he plans to build in the county.

George McIntosh had requested that the commission approve a final plat for his proposed McIntosh Farms Subdivision, but County Administrator Tony Massey told the board there were outstanding issues with the Lee Utilities Authority that would make approval premature.

"The Utilities Authority has asked that we hold off on approving this measure until those issues are worked out," Massey told the board.

County Attorney Jimmy Skipper said there were also outstanding financial considerations that needed to be cleared before approval was granted.

The commission also voted to OK a drainage easement request sought by the city of Leesburg for work on the Boney Center property at Park Street, approved a request to allow Lee County Development Authority employees to participate in the county's retirement program and authorized the purchase of a sand spreader for Public Works at a cost of $12,796.

Additionally, the board OK'd a plan to seek Community Development Block Grant funds for improvements on Livingston Road; appointed Gloria Hudson to the county Housing Authority, and named Heather Kittrell, Tatum Leverett, Elaine Ruckel, Lee Cheshire, County Clerk Christi Dockery, and Commissioners Bill Williams and Ed Duffy to the nonprofit Lee County Community Foundation's Board of Trustees.

After the county voted to authorize the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission to file an application with the Georgia Department of Transportation for public transportation assistance in the county, Regional Commission Planning Director Paul Forgey provided information on two plans his staff is working on: inventory of "regionally significant" natural resources in the area and a state-required regional plan.

"The state requires that we inform you of these resources and recommends that you help us protect them," Forgey said, noting that among the resources deemed regionally significant by the state are prime farmland; river corridors, wetlands, floodlands and stands of trees; as well as the Floridan aquifer.

Forgey said the new regional plan will include minimum and excellent standards of governance, and all governments within the region will be required to meet minimum standards within a three-year period in order to qualify for state grants and funds.

"These are things, for the most part, you guys do now," Forgey said.

"The state does plan to offer additional funding to governments that meet standards of excellence. Those funds aren't available now, but we hope that they will be by 2014."