Despite being closer to a workable solution on the matter, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners tabled a previously discussed zoning request for property at the intersection of East Cherokee Drive and Hickory Flat Highway.
The request from Glenridge Development regardis zoning conditions on a parcel of land being considered for development.
The case to modify these zoning conditions has been under consideration since late 2020, with county officials working with the developer and neighboring residents to ensure everyone is agreeable to the proposed changes to the conditions. The conditions being modified included allowing a wider variety of materials to be used in building a buffer wall between developments on the property in question and the neighboring subdivision and the planting of a vegetative screen along the property line in an area where the topography would render the wall a moot point. County Zoning Manager Michael Chapman said there were still some clarifications and re-writing left to be completed.
“I think we probably have one more meeting to hash it out, but I don’t think that’s going to take long. We’re almost there, but in light of the fact that we’ve got some questions about the formal agreement, I think we need to postpone a decision on this until the next meeting,” Commissioner Richard Weatherby said.
Weatherby then put forth a motion to postpone action until the first board meeting in February, which was seconded by Commissioner Benny Carter and approved in a unanimous vote.
During the public comment portion of the meeting, the board heard from Mark Nolan who told commissioners he had contacted the department of public works multiple times over the past year to get a road in his subdivision looked at for repairs, with little response.
“Commissioner (Corey) Ragsdale, I sent you a note on Nov. 7, specifically related to this issue. It’s two and a half months later, you never responded to me,” Nolan said.
Commission Chairman Harry Johnston responded, “You do have our attention, I’ll say that.”
The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners also handled the following:
The consent agenda, which included a budget amendment of $295,479 to reflect a grant received for the elections office, a federal sub-grant award of $50,000 for the Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency, a training facilities agreement with the City o♦ f Holly Springs to allow county firefighters to train in a pair of buildings located in the city behind Fire Station No. 8, a request for the designation of private streets within the Villas at Presley Lake Subdivision, an amendment with A.M.R. Business Products for the maintenance of the county’s E-911 system for a two-year period at a total cost of $25,000 and a corrective quitclaim deed for property on Mount Vernon Drive, was approved.
♦ The board approved the reappointment of Mary Beth Burnette to the Board of Tax Assessors for a six-year term that will expire on Jan. 24, 2027.
♦ A motion to approve calling for the board’s annual planning retreat, scheduled for Jan. 28 and 29 at the Branchwater Restaurant in Canton passed.
♦ Ragsdale and Community Services Agency Director Bryan Reynolds reminded everyone of the final public input meeting for the Southwest Cherokee Parks and Trails plan on Feb. 1. “The input that we’ve had so far has been great,” Ragsdale said.
♦ The transmission of a DHS 5310 funding application for the Cherokee Area Transportation System, in the requested amount of $736,602, was approved.
♦ An application to the U.S. Treasury Department for COVID-19 Rental Assistance Funds in the amount of approximately $7.7 million to assist residents in the county who may be behind on their rent was approved.
♦ A motion to establish a new grants coordinator position, as well as a budget amendment to reflect this position’s creation, was approved.
♦ A service agreement with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, in the amount of $595,000, to complete the newest comprehensive transportation plan for the county was
♦ ap♦ proved.
The board approved purc♦ hasing 24 self-contained breathing apparatus units for Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services in the amount of $136,800 from Fisher Scientific Company.
♦ A service agreement with Jericho Design Group to engage in architectural and engineering services for renovations to the former Georgia Power facility on Marietta Highway in Canton, slated to be the new home of the county’s public works complex, totaling $63,800 was approved.
♦ An agreement with Hasley Recreation, Inc. for playground equipment and installation at both Kenny Askew Park and Sequoyah Park in the total amount of $117,354 was approved.
♦ A resolution to extend the COVID-19 related employee leave program through March 31 was approved.