Leesburg planning commission member Troy Golden explains to the Leesburg City Council that the planning commission voted unanimously to recommend the rezoning of one acre of land at the intersection of Highway 32 and Firetower Road from R-2 multi-fmaily residential to C-2 business to make way for the purchase of the parcel by S & S Roofing and Construction. (Staff photo: Brad McEwen)
LEESBURG — After the approval of a rezoning request by the Leesburg City Council on Tuesday, S&S Roofing and Construction will soon be moving to a new location.
The council voted unanimously at its regular meeting to approve the request to rezone a one-acre parcel of land at the intersection of Georgia Highway 32 and Firetower Road from R-2 multi-family residential to C-2 general business.
The council’s decision came after a brief public hearing at which city Planning Commission member Troy Golden and Zoning Administrator Marsha Studley explained that the property had been zoned for multi-family purpose for some time but that the C-2 designation makes more sense.
“We think the (current zoning) might have been a mistake,” said Golden. “It just makes sense to rezone.”
Now that the rezoning is complete the property’s owner, Robert Gosa, can move forward with the sale of the parcel to S&S Roofing and Construction.
S&S owner Mike Strickland said the company is eager to purchase the property and relocate the company’s operation there, due to recent growth by the business.
“We’re growing and just need to expand,” Strickland said. “We’ve been in a our current location for three years and need more space. The building that’s on the property is in great shape and it puts us in a great location.”
Strickland said there is no timetable for the move, but said he hopes to get things going as quickly as possible.
“We’ve been looking at this property for two or three months and this was the final step,” Strickland said. “I’m ready.”
Other business conducted at the meeting included the council voting unanimously to accept a bid from Oxford Construction for milling and resurfacing of a stretch of U.S. Highway 19, just north of the Robert B. Lee Road intersection. The road work is needed due to a leaky sewer line that needs to be repaired by the city’s public works department.
Oxford submitted the only bid for the work at $14,625. Reeves Construction was contacted to submit a bid, but declined. While no date has been set for the completion of the work, Public Works Director William Clark said he hopes it will begin within the following week and be completed in a day.
The council also voted unanimously to accept a bid from Xylem Inc. for the purchase of two new pumps for the city’s lift stations. Xylem provided the low bid of $18,916 for the two pumps, plus accessories over a bid of $20,516 from Southern Rewind Ltd.
The council also voted unanimously to accept a bid from Flint Equipment Co. for the purchase of a John Deere ditch cleaning bucket to be used on a backhoe to clean the city’s ditches. Flint Equipment’s bid of $9,100 was the lowest bid, edging out a $10,250 bid from Albany Tractor Company.
Clark said the purchase of the ditch cleaning bucket, which was approved in this year’s budget, will enable the city to clean its own ditches rather than contract that work out to third parties.
“It’s going to be a big help,” said Clark. “We’ve been having to get outside assistance to do that or rent a piece of equipment. Now we’ll be able to do that in house.”
The council also voted unanimously to declare two hand-held analog meter readers and an a damaged Ecoline Van as surplus property.
No other action was taken but the council did meet in executive session to discuss the acquisition of real estate.
The City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for July 1 at 6 p.m. in the city’s meeting room.