County OKs zoning requests

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Dougherty County Commission held public hearings to get the specifics of a pair of rezoning requests Monday morning, then quickly approved both requests at one of two monthly business meetings.

The commission approved its Solid Waste division's request to operate a 215-acre borrow pit at land off Fleming Road, then OK'd Clinton Miles' request to rezone 268 acres of land at 3851 Moultrie Road from Mobile Home, Single Family to Agricultural District for the purpose of growing row crops.

Planning Manager Mary Teter told commissioners the county's Planning Commission had approved Miles' request with the stipulation that a 100-foot natural buffer be maintained around the property and that a site plan be delivered to the Planning Commission within 45 days of approval or before commencement of land clearing.

"The owner has asked that a 40-foot buffer be allowed at the back of land lot 59 to accommodate a pivot irrigation system," Teter told the commission. That stipulation was considered as part of the conditions for approval.

The borrow pit on land adjacent to the county landfill will allow Solid Waste personnel to extract needed dirt for use at the landfill.

The commission also OK'd renewal of an annual agreement with the county's Department of Family and Children Services through which the commission funds half a family independence case manager position and accepted a memorandum of agreement with the state of Georgia that allows the state's Department of Human Services Right from the Start program to continue locating in the county Health Department building at 1710 Slappey Blvd.

County cost for its share of the DEFACS position is $17,579.46 for Fiscal Year 2014.

Commissioners ended the meeting with a rousing, if off-key, rendition of "Happy Birthday" for District 1 Commissioner Lamar Hudgins.