City OKs rezoning request, millage rate

ALBANY, Ga. -- With little discussion and even less fanfare, the Albany City Commission moved through its business agenda in record time Tuesday evening, finishing less than 30 minutes after the 6:30 p.m. meeting started.

Commissioners approved a rezoning request that will allow a concrete company to expand its outside storage capacity, OK'd an alcohol license transfer and application, and approved the city's millage rate to reflect a reduction of 6.706 mills on the dollar for Fiscal Year 2014.

With the reduced millage rate, city taxpayers will be levied a net tax of 9.990 mills, the reduction reflecting an increase in the overall tax digest.

Commissioners approved a rezoning request that would allow Conyers Concrete & Asphalt Services to utilize 3 acres of property owned by Molly Willis Pecan LLC as storage for its facility at 725 S. Westover Blvd. The subject property is part of a 326-acre tract zoned AG and included in a larger pecan orchard.

During a public hearing before the vote, Commissioner Tommie Postell questioned staff about the use of chicken manue as fertilizer in the pecan orchard.

"(Conyers Concrete) is seeking to use (the 3-acre tract) as part of its business," engineer Todd Lanier, representing Molly Willis Pecan, told commissioners. "It has nothing to do with the pecan orchard, but when that property was rezoned AG (in 2012), one of the stipulations was that no manure be used as fertilizer."

The commission OK'd an alcohol license transfer for Grocery & Tobacco Outlet at 1301 S. Slappey Blvd. and approved a license request for Mel's Bar at 1408 W. Broad Ave. Its members also agreed to exempt Flint River Habitat for Humanity's outdoor Aug. 10 fundraiser from city noise ordinances from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and authorized the city manager to execute an agreement with the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce regarding administration of hotel/motel tax funds.

"This agreement allows the city manager to sign off on whether the chamber has disbursed (hotel/motel tax) funds as described in state law," City Attorney Nathan Davis told commissioners during a pre-briefing.

The board also OK'd Sungard HTE's $46,179.89 bid for annual software maintenance.