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The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners will soon decide whether to allow a home business in the eastern part of the county to host dog competitions outdoors.

The case involves a piece of property at 1185 Liberty Grove Road, the location of Chestnut Hill Canine Sports. Nearby residents began registering complaints with the county in June, stating that the use of this property for canine sporting events was generating a great deal of traffic and noise, such as the constant barking of dogs, loud crowd noises and announcements being made to the crowd. The Cherokee County Marshal’s Office investigated these claims and found the complaints to be valid. Following additional complaints, the zoning department informed Chestnut Hill’s owner that the current operation of the home on site was in violation of the county’s zoning ordinance and that the home based business license would not be renewed for 2021. This decision was appealed to the Zoning Board of Appeals, with the case being heard at the appeals board’s March 4 meeting.

“They voted at their hearing to affirm the department’s decision in part, and also to stipulate that the home occupation be limited to activities inside the house and that there be no outdoor diving activities associated with a competition or an event where a fee is charged or a donation is accepted,” County Zoning Manager Michael Chapman said.

Despite limiting activities to inside the home, Chapman said the appeals board’s decision would allow the home based business license to be renewed for 2021. It would also allow Chestnut Hill to apply for special event permits to hold outdoor activities on site. The company has appealed this decision and was asking the board of commissioners to hear the case. In a unanimous decision Tuesday, the board agreed to hear the appeal at a future meeting. The earliest this appeal could be heard would be at the May 4 meeting, Chapman said.

Also at their meeting last week, the commissioners approved:

♦ A public hearing was called for the May 4 board meeting to amend the Highway 92 Village Ordinance, removing three prohibited uses from the ordinance. One of the uses under consideration, the sale of farm and garden machinery, came up due to a request from Yanmar to sell the machinery it manufactures at the EVO Center, allowing people who received training on operating these vehicles at the center to purchase the vehicles on site as well.

♦ Commission Chair Harry Johnston read a proclamation, recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Cherokee County. Copies of the proclamation were given to representatives from The Children’s Haven, the Ann Crawford Children’s Center and the local office of the Department of Family and Child Services.

♦ The board approved a request to withdraw a rezoning case at 14045 Cumming Highway from agricultural and residential to light industrial to allow for a brick paver and hardscape company to be located on site. The Cherokee County Planning Commission recommended denial of the request at its March public hearing meeting.

♦ The purchase of 20 Tasers, along with holsters and batteries, for $30,064.80 for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office from Axon Enterprises was approved.

♦ An amendment to the intergovernmental agreement with Ball Ground for the resurfacing of Northridge Road, Lowry Street and Densmore Street was approved.

♦ The board approved intergovernmental agreements with Ball Ground and Woodstock to have the county conduct city elections.

♦ A part-time position in the district attorney’s office was changed to a full-time position.

♦ An agreement totaling around $1.1 million with Superior Roofing Systems to replace the roof at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center passed. County officials said the project is estimated to be completed this August.

♦ An agreement for $15,737 for tree removal at the public works complex, 1037 Marietta Highway, with LTRC Tree Specialists was approved.

♦ The purchase of two Ford F-150 trucks for a total price of $73,745 using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax money, one truck for code enforcement and the other for the county’s Emergency Management Agency, was approved.

♦ The board approved an agreement with both Active&Fit and Silver&Fit to allow their programs to be offered at the Cherokee County Aquatic Center at no cost to the county.

♦ A resolution to extend the county’s COVID employee leave program, keeping it in place until May 31, was approved.

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