Sunday, November 29, 2015

Boswell Properties Finally Placed Its Sign At SR 316 And Oconee Connector In Location Specified By Its Permit From Oconee County

Twice Removed

It has taken more than two years, but Boswell Properties finally has gotten its sign for property it is listing at the corner of SR 316 and the Oconee Connector into compliance with Oconee County’s sign ordinance.

The sign now is located between SR 316 and Mars Hill Road on the Oconee Connector at the location specified in the permit the county issued to Boswell properties on Aug. 22, 2013, and the sign is the size specified in the permit.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

MACORTS, Citizen Group Holding Meetings on U.S. 441 Widening and Bishop Bypass

Vote To Reject Federal Funding

The Madison Athens-Clarke Oconee Regional Transportation Study (MACORTS) is holding a public hearing from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday as a required step in removing the widening of U.S. 441 and construction of the Bishop bypass from the constraints of federal funding for the road project.

The meeting will be held in the Community Center at Oconee Veterans Park, 3500 Hog Mountain Road.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Oconee County Board Of Commissioners Has Revised Animal Control Ordinance On Agenda For Tuesday Night

Tethering Not Addressed

Oconee County’s Animal Control Ordinance is on the agenda for discussion at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday night, but one of the most controversial aspects of that ordinance is not scheduled for consideration.

The Board is to discuss minor modifications to the existing ordinance to bring it into alignment with changes to the state regulations controlling treatment of animals.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Oconee County Consultant Says Mars Hill Road Widening Will Adversely Affect Existing Homeowners Along The Corridor

Will Want To Leave

Oconee County consultant Bill Ross offered a sympathetic but decidedly negative view of the future for home owners fronting on Mars Hill Road once the widening project is complete in March of 2018.

The increased traffic is going to make it unattractive for people to stay in their houses, Ross told the Citizens Advisory Committee on Land Use and Transportation Planning on Nov. 10.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Oconee County Released Animal Cruelty Citation Against Broadlands Drive Resident Charged With Shooting Cats

Cats In Trash Container

Oconee County Animal Control on Thursday of last week cited Douglas Lanier Orr, 69, 1430 Broadlands Drive, east of Watkinsville, for the misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty, according to the incident report released by the county early today.

The citation results from an investigation on Tuesday during which Animal Control found five cats in a trash container at the front of Orr’s house in Broadlands subdivision, off Simonton Bridge Road, according to the incident report.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Oconee County Planning Commission To Hear Rezone Request For Corporate Campus For Zaxby’s

Daniells Bridge Road Site

The Oconee County Planning Commission tomorrow night will review plans for a $42 million corporate campus on Daniells Bridge Road that will provide a new headquarters for Zaxby’s.

The plans are for a complex with up to five buildings on a 90-acre tract on the south side of Daniells Bridge Road just east of its intersection with the Oconee Connector and Mars Hill Road.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Report of Shooting Of Cats In Oconee County Subdivision Produced Strong Reaction From Animal Advocates

Records Withheld

An incident Tuesday involving the apparent shooting of cats in Broadlands subdivision east of Watkinsville stirred strong responses among local animal advocates, a reaction made worse by the county’s unwillingness to release information about the event.

Both Animal Control and the Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident, but only the Sheriff’s Office provided any information about what happened.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hard Labor Creek Regional Reservoir Board Votes To Move Forward With Construction Of Apalachee River Intake Facility

Water Not Needed Now

The Hard Labor Creek Regional Reservoir Management Board finds itself in a difficult position.

The reservoir in southeast Walton County is filling quite nicely, the Board was told at its meeting late last month.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Oconee County Administrative Officer Takes Responsibility For Spending $10,000 On Road Design, But Says Chairman Knew Of Costs

Contradicts Chair’s Explanation

Oconee County Administrative Officer Jeff Benko said he was the one who authorized the spending of nearly $10,000 in design costs to allow for a reconnection of Old Mars Hill Road with Mars Hill Road proper.

Benko said he was responding to a request from Board of Commissioners Chairman Melvin Davis “to get a firm estimate “ of the costs for reconnecting Old Mars Hill Road to Mars Hill Road.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Oconee County Commission Chairman Inquired About Animal Shelter Operated By Citizen After She Filed An Ethics Complaint Against Him

We Care

Oconee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Melvin Davis called the owner of the property where Sarah Bell plans to locate her We Care animal shelter one week after Special Master James Warnes dismissed Bell’s ethics complaint against Davis.

Davis inquired about the animal shelter, according to Debra Brown, who owns the land in the western part of the county where Bell is renovating a building for her We Care facility.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Oconee County Commissioners Turn Down A Rezone Request By One Of Their Own

RV Storage Facility Planned

The Oconee County Board of Commissioners voted 2-1 last night to deny fellow commissioner William “Bubber” Wilkes’ request to rezone six acres of land he owns on Old Greensboro Road south of Watkinsville for a recreational vehicle storage and mini-warehouse facility.

Commissioners John Daniell and Mark Saxon voted for the denial of the rezone request. Commissioner Jim Luke voted against the motion to deny.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Oconee County Commissioners Discussed In Executive Session Property Needed For Greenspace Project Along Oconee River

Chair Sent Email

The Oconee County Board of Commissioners decided in executive session last week to begin discussions with the owners of two key pieces of property needed to create a recreational greenspace along the Oconee River at Barnett Shoals.

BOC Chairman Melvin Davis sent an email message to the county’s Citizen Advisory Committee on Recreational Affairs Chairwoman Leslie Hunsinger on Wednesday informing her of the Commission action of the night before.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Oconee County Commissioner Asking His Colleagues To Allow A Rezone Of His Property Despite Conflict With County’s Land Use Map

Cites Financial Reasons

The members of the Oconee County Board of Commissioners will be in the uncomfortable position on Tuesday evening of having to decide if a fellow commissioner should be allowed to rezone his agricultural property for commercial development.

The three voting commissioners have good reasons to turn down the request by Commissioner William “Bubber” Wilkes.