Commission OKs rezoning request
The Elbert County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a rezoning request filed by North Georgia Capital Investment to rezone 753 acres on William Smith Road (near Richard B. Russell State Park) from agriculture to multi-family residential during Monday’s August meeting.
The investment group plans to build condominiums and a marina on the property.
Jeff Grant of North Georgia Capital Investments said during a public hearing held before the meeting that construction for the project won’t begin for at least another two years or more.
“One thing I think is a very important element is trying to get a marina established here in the area,” Grant told the commissioners. “This is a long-term project, it isn’t going to happen overnight.”
Grant assured the commissioners that the investment group would not do anything that wouldn’t make “sense” for the benefit of the community and that all contractors would comply with zoning ordinances and code enforcement.
The commission also gave its approval on another rezoning request for a 10.75 acre tract on Pearl Mill Road to be rezoned from agriculture to general business for a boat storage facility.
The board unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Board of Education for the provision of school resource officers (SRO), which was previously approved by the school board.
According to County Attorney Bill Daughtry, the agreement states each SRO will be paid $45,000 annually which will initially come from the county but will be reimbursed by the school board.
The Elbert County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of hiring SROs.
Daughtry commented that it is the same agreement as last year.
The commissioners unanimously approved a motion to seek bids for six new cardiac monitors/defibrillators for ambulances, which will be funded through SPLOST.
Commissioners also approved a motion to allow the fire department to research used fire vehicles to replace two reserve tanks that are 39 and 40 years old. Funding will come from insurance premiums funds and SPLOST.
The board of commissioners met in a closed-door executive session to discuss the purchase of property and litigation for approximately 30 minutes, however no action was taken.