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Lee, Leesburg plan Starkville Avenue North improvements

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Work will begin later this year on resurfacing and beautifying one of Leesburg's main roadways.

Lee County Commissioners voted 4-0 Tuesday night to allocate $55,000 to make infrastructure and beautification changes to Starksville Avenue North between Third Avenue and State Highway 32.

Commissioner Luke Singletary was absent.

Leesburg City Council members have already voted to spend $45,000 to resurface the heavily-used and crumbling street.

In addition to the resurfacing project by the city, the funds allocated by the county will be used to add curbing, medians, landscaping and conduit to facilitate the installation of future underground utilities.

Work could begin this summer. The city and county governments are likely to cooperate on the bidding process to get the lowest price.

In other business, the County Commission approved a rezoning request that will allow a convenience store to be built at U.S. Highway 82 and Oakland Road. C. Herschel Dorsey of Albany requested the rezoning. The store will be built on the southeast corner of the intersection.

The commission also approved a request for a zoning variance for Colie W. Williams Jr. at 270 Northhampton Road in the Beverly Acres subdivision. Williams erected an accessory structure fewer than 10 feet from the adjoining lot line, which is a zoning violation.

Williams said he works from his home and uses that building for his work. There is no customer traffic at the site, he said. The variance was approved unanimously.

Commissioners also:

  • Appointed Jamie Knight and Vic McKinley to the Lee County Parks and Recreation Authority.
  • Appointed Lillie Harris to the unexpired term of Mark Satterfield on the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council. The term will expire Dec. 31, 2015.
  • Passed a resolution honoring Gladys Thrift for her 28 years of volunteer service with the Lee County Board of Elections and Registration.
  • Approved bids for the Lee County Board of Education turn lane, widening and driveway overlap project on Lovers Lane Road and Robert B. Lee Road.
  • Agreed to spend about $33,000 for right-of-way acquisition and easements for Livingston Road.