Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Oconee County Commissioners Postpone Action On Farmland Selection Committee

SPLOST Timeline Set

The Oconee County Board of Commissioners postponed action last night on a slate of candidates for a ranking committee for the county’s farmland protection program even though, at least according to Chairman Melvin Davis, the Commissioners had agreed upon the slate before the meeting took place.

The Commissioners also approved a timetable putting another Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax on the ballot in June or July of next summer, and they agreed to take steps to reduce the size of one of its citizen committees because of difficulty getting enough members to show up to make a quorum.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Oconee County Commissioners Set To Replace Farmland Protection Selection Committee

Passed Up Federal Funds

The Oconee County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night is scheduled to remove key responsibility for the county’s farmland protection program from a citizen committee that initiated the program in 1998 and has controlled the program since.

Instead, the Commissioners are set to shift responsibility for selection of farms for the program to a committee they appoint and control.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Oconee County Parks And Recreation Department Got Approval Of SPLOST Funding For Five Projects

Including Veterans Park Trail

The Oconee County Parks and Recreation Department has received approval to spend $220,000 in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue in Fiscal Year 2014 for five projects, including completion of the paved walking trail in Oconee Veterans Park.

Also included are funds for a net and shade protective cover at the youth fields at Oconee Veterans Park, for a restroom between fields five and six at Bogart Sports Complex, for recoating of tennis courts at Oconee Veterans Park, and for emergency public address systems and equipment at all of the county’s parks.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Fairway Retains Use of Two Old Billboards Covered By Settlement With Oconee County

Sign’s Third Side Not Used

Fairway Outdoor Advertising has not removed two of the four billboards it agreed to take down as part of a legal settlement with Oconee County that allowed the sign company to erect the two huge LED signs on Epps Bridge Parkway.

One of the four signs slated for removal–at the intersection of Ruth Jackson Road and U.S. 78–won’t come down until Fairway has completed its contracts for signs at the site, according to county officials.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

A Doctor’s Office, A Church And A Farm Are On Zoning Agenda For Oconee County Commissioners’ Meeting

Parking And Unpaved Roads Too

The Oconee County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to conduct public hearings on Tuesday night on zoning requests involving an office park near Butler’s Crossing, a neighborhood church near U.S. 78 in the west of the county, and a farm in the far south of the county.

If the BOC follows staff recommendations, it will allow for expansion of a doctor’s office, for conversion of a church from neighborhood scale to community scale, and for subdivision of a farm on a dirt road.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Oconee County Code Enforcement Issued Permit For First Outparcel At Epps Bridge Centre

Two New Tenants Identified

The Oconee County Code Enforcement Office has issued a permit for construction on the first of the 12 outparcels that are part of Epps Bridge Centre.

The 5,500 square-foot-building will house Vitamin Shoppe and Sleep Number, according to Utility Department records. Preliminary construction of the building is underway.