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March 6, 2019 Page 7A il orter Continued from Front reason for Vantages decision to drop the suit. The suit's condusion came just under three months after the plain- tiffs, which also included The Leg- acy at Durham, LP. (the proposed complex's operator) and Wilkerson Group, L.P. (the tracts owner), filed the claim, citing county violations against the Federal Fair Housing Act while saying the county's new zon- ing ordinance is "exclusionary and unconstitutional." The plaintiffs were represented by Scott Parrish Moore and Mark J. Goldsmith, both of Omaha, Neb and Joshua R. Archer, of Atlanta. By a 4-0 vote, commissioners denied Vantages request for a con- ditional use variance in commercial zoning to build a 72-unit multi-family apartment complex on New Forsyth Road called The Legacy at Durham at a May 1, 2018 meeting. That after more than 200 south Monroe County residents opposed the measure. Among the contentions in the suit, Vantage claimed commissioners' actions "have unlawfully discrimi- nated against potential residents on the basis 6f race, familial status, and disability; have a disparate impact on the basis of race, familial status and disability; and perpetuate segregation in violation of the Fair Housing Act of 1968:' Prior to dropping the suit, Vantage had requested a jury trial, an injunc- tion to allow for the project and un- specified compensation for damages. Monroe County commission chair- man Greg Tapley said he was glad to learn that Vantage had dropped the suit because it will savetaxpayer money spenton legal fees but said the county was prepared to fight itto the end. Tapley said he thought the suit was "ridiculous" and said Vantage should never havefiled the claim to begin with. He said he thinks Van- tage sued as a scare tactic and when - Monroe County Showed it was ready to fight, Vantage backed off, l(nowing the county had handled the zoning request in an appropriate legal man- ner. District 2 commissioner John Ambrose; in whose district the complex would have been built, said that because Vantages complaint was dismissed "without prejudice" Vantage could still legally re.file its claim. However, Ambrose said he didn't think Vantage would sue again, saying commissioners never took any discriminatory actions. Ambrose said he initially wanted to countersue to force Vantage to pay the county's legal fees but said commissioners agreed not to do that. Monroe County attorney Ben Vaughn said Vantage attorneys did give him a reason why they dropped the suit but declined to reveal it pub- lidy, saying he would have to defend the suit again should Vantage decide to re-file. Vaughn, who assisted with writing the updated county zoning ordinance in 2018, said the revised document is a "cleaner" one overall and was not drafted specifically in response to the Vantage proposal. Continued from Front storms that move from east to west seem to be the ones most dangerous to Monroe County. Instead, most of.the county merely got 1"-2 inches of rain in what's already been a crazy weather week. Saturday had been beautiful with highs near 70. Then after Sunday's storms, on Monday night, the county got a'dusting of sleet and snow. "The only thing more southern than that [weather] is eating cereal ' out of a Cool Whip bowl," said Per . Dodging the tornado was particularly good news since Monroe County's tornado sirens have not yet been linked to the county's new radio system. Perry said the sirens, which are located in Culloden, Juliette, Bolingbroke, the rec department and High Falls, were linked to the county's old radio system, which was replaced more than three years ago. He said the sirens will still work ffthey can get a good signal but said ser- vice is intermittent. Perry said they're working on getting SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) funds to update the system. But Perry said smart- phones have largely replaced the sirens in giv- ing weather alerts. He en- courages Monroe County residents to get apps on their phone or weather radios to get the most up- 'to-date warnings. "People outside a mile from those sirens can't hear them;' said Perry. Continued from Front Hwy. 42 near 74. The accident happened around 9 a.m. on Dec. 23, 2014. Dell's friends and family have been holding fund- raisers through the Mary Persons soccer program, including 3-on-3 soccer tournaments, to raise more than $9,000 to buy the scoreboard, which was in- stalled and used for the first time this week. The school system will PaY about $2,000 for installation. Dell was a gifted athlete who had a contagious smile. He was part of a senior class that led the Bulldog soccer team to a program-best four-year record of 49-24-3, with four playoffappearances, including advancing to the Elite 8 and finishing No. 8 in the state in 2012. He went on to be the captain of the soccer team at Georgia Military College, and was an assistant coach for the girls soccer team there. GMC named its press box in his memory after his death. Dells parents said they're overwhelmed by the sup- port the community has shown in raising funds for the scoreboard. The original scoreboard at Lan- caster Field was located on the front of the press box and was therefore hard for coaches and players to see from the bench. Also the bulbs used in that former scoreboard are no longer being made, so a new one was essential. The new Taylor Dell Me- morial Scoreboard is locat- ed behind the south'goal, next to the locker rooms. It includes a new feature that tracks the number of shots each team has had. The Dell family invites friends and family to at- tend Tuesday's dedication around 7 p.m. before the West Laurens game as they honor Taytor's memory. Among those on hand will be Taylor's little brother Dawson, an eighth grader, and sister Carly, a seventh grader, both following in their big brother's footsteps as members of Monroe County's middle school soccer teams. See more in next week's Reporter. Referral Program for March 2019 * The customer must have 5 new referrals sign up for gym memberships to be eligible. 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