The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners at Tuesday night’s meeting gave its support for legislation that would de-annex a parcel of land on Arnold Mill Road from the city of Woodstock.

As State Rep. Brad Thomas pushes forward with a bill in the Georgia House of Representatives that would reverse the actions taken by the City of Woodstock to annex 148 acres on Arnold Mill Road, the board of commissioners had a resolution in support of Thomas’ actions and legislation come before it for action at the meeting.

Commission Chairman Harry Johnston read out the resolution, which stressed that, while the county is supportive of cities in the county growing in size through annexation, it believes such action should be done in an orderly and progressive manner. The resolution also pointed out the overwhelming opposition to the annexation from residents living in the area and how the Woodstock Planning Commission did not recommend approval of the annexation. After reading the resolution, Johnston put forth a motion to approve adopting it, which was approved by Commissioner Richard Weatherby and approved in a 5-0 vote of the board.

“I thank Rep. Thomas for what he’s doing. I hope it works out and we want to lend our voice of support to it,” Johnston said.

The board also took action on a planning and zoning case that received a recommendation from the planning commission in February. County Zoning Manager Michael Chapman said the planning commission recommended approval on the application from Robert Kriz, who sought to rezone half an acre at 2021 E. Cherokee Drive from neighborhood commercial to general commercial for the purpose of locating a drive-up emissions testing facility on the site. In its recommendation, the planning commission was also supportive of Kriz’s variance request to encroach slightly into the zoning buffer, although a condition was added that the variance would be limited to this specific business. The board of commissioners agreed with the planning commission’s recommendation, and a motion to approve the rezoning passed unanimously.

“I’d like to say ‘thank you’ to Mr. Kriz for keeping your business in Cherokee County and specifically, for keeping it in your neighborhood. I was so pleased to hear that not only does he have a business in this area, but he lives in this area, so thank you so much for that,” Commissioner Benny Carter said. “I do think this is an appropriate use and zoning.”

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners also handled the following:

♦ The consent agenda, which included a grant-funded purchase in the amount of $9,229 for the completion of epoxy flooring in the back kennel, corridor and two restrooms of the adoption building of the Cherokee County Animal Shelter, agreeing to serve as the fiscal agent for the Georgia Family Connection Partnership Grant on behalf of Cherokee FOCUS in the amount of $48,000 and an agreement with Stanley and Coy Cochran allowing them to continue maintaining property the county purchased from them in December for a future park, was approved.

♦ The list of roads approved under the law regulating no through trucks was updated, with Charles Cobb Lane, Lower Birmingham Road and Wilkie Road added to the list.

♦ Similar action was taken under the ordinance regulating vehicle parking on public roads, with Clearwater Trail, Liberty Grove Road and the cul-de-sac portion of Highland Trail added to the list of roads where such parking is restricted.

♦ A resolution confirming and approving the participation of both the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office and Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services training programs as qualifying educational classes under the most recent GI Bill, as well as allowing the Human Resources Department to draft an implementation policy for this, was approved.

♦ The commissioners approved appointing Ray Gunnin to fill the remainder of a vacant term on the Board of Tax Assessors.

♦ The board approved the purchase of a tri-toon pontoon boat and trailer for the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Rescue Dive Team, along with outfitting the boat with lights, radios and striping, for a total amount of $81,953.38.

♦ The purchase of three propane-fueled buses from Creative Bus Sales in the amount of $278,307.30 for the Cherokee Area Transportation Service’s fixed route program was approved.

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