Following some brief business at a regular meeting May 11, the county planning commission discussed their role in zoning/ land use process and the public’s misconception of their powers.
The discussion arose as part of board comments during a regular meeting when commission member Linda Casey noted the heated discussion over a recent application involving planned chickens houses extended outside the meeting and continued after the zoning application was withdrawn.
Board chair Bill Cagle agreed that members of the public wishing to make their voices heard appeared to not realize that the planning commission only makes recommendations and no member of the commission has any direct powers.
Cagle said the misunderstanding was shown clearly when members of the public stated “they would never vote for them again.” For anyone who doesn’t get Cagle’s point: the planning commission is appointed not elected.
Summer is coming into full swing and the warmer weather means homeowners will be using their grills and outdoor equipment more frequently. The service experts at Mr. Appliance are dedicated to helping people maintain their appliances and get the most use out of them as possible. The appliance service experts have some tips to help homeowners be ready for their outdoor grilling experiences.
The “Old Blue NAPA Building” hasn’t been blue in more than a year and hasn’t been a NAPA Auto Parts in a decade. Now the corner building on Main Street has a new owner who plans to renovate the building. Above, workers build a new facade and exterior wall with 100-year-old bricks Friday morning, May 22.
For over 10 years the large building at the corner of Main Street and Church Street, arguably downtown’s most conspicuous structure, has sat vacant.
But mid-morning Tuesday, the building’s new owner Luke Copeland was inside tending to business with an appraiser.
Find out what the plans are for the Main Street building in our print or online editions.
From Cherokee Sheriff's Office
Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an off road accident that occurred on the McGraw Ford Wildlife Management Area off Highway 372 near Ball Ground at approximately 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. James Padgett Jr., 28 years old of Ball Ground, was driving his Jeep Cherokee on steep trails with two other family members when it was reported that at one point the vehicle stalled on a very steep hill. The two passengers exited the vehicle and Padgett was able to get the vehicle running again.
While trying to get momentum going up the hill, the vehicle slid sideways and careened down a 200 foot embankment. Padgett was ejected from the vehicle. The two family members were not in the vehicle when it went down the embankment. Padgett was life-flighted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where he later died of his injuries.
The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating the accident.