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Page 2A March 20, 2019 iR I3orter A Forsyth woman was cited for failure to maintain lane after falling asleep and crashing into a man stand- ing on the roadside and breaking his leg on Tuesday. Vieishuia Henderson, 24, of Forsyth was traveling on North Lee Street behind Dairy Queen when the ac- cident happened. Inv. Alexander Daniels of the Forsyth Police Depai:tment said Henderson fell asleep, left the road and struck 21 -year-old Chris Jackson, who was standing on the shoulder talking to his grandfather. They had stopped to help a family member who had been stopped by police for an unrelated traffic citation. The son of Monroe County Battalion Chief Wesley Jackson, Jackson was taken by Monroe County EMS to a Macon hospital for treatment. ! To Residents of Monroe County, purpose of this letter is to inform Monroe County residents of the actions your County Commissioners took throughout the process of the re-zoning of the proposed slaughterhouse on Hwy. 42 South. I have been told to give up the fight because the Agricultural Commissioner of Georgia has backed this project. The process began with the condi- tional use zoning of agricultural property. A few concerned neighbors came together and requested some conditions be attached to the Slaughterhouse operation, if approved. On November 6, 2018 the commissioners approved the slaughterhouse 4 to 1 to with conditions. I drove to the zoning office a couple of weeks later to get a copy of the final conditions that we agreed to. The Monroe County zoning officer, Anita Buice, told me the conditions were at the attorney's office being reviewed before final approval. I found out later that these conditions don't go to the attor- ney to be finalized. The minutes from the meeting just have to be approved by commissioners and this makes them official. The minutes for the November 6 meeting were approved by commissioners on December 20. At this point the concerned residents, Mr. Egloff (applicant), and the commissioners have entered into a contract. These condi- tions are considered legally binding. I am not going to go over all of the 17 conditions agreed to, just the ones that that have become issues so far. Building The Building will be approximately 8,000 square feet situ- ated 700+ feet from the road and resemble a metal barn/ storage building. There are numerous structures in the area that are approximately the same size and are doser to the road. intended on allowing Mr. Egloffto use well water until county water was available. Again please refer to the ap- proved condition above. Does it say ANYTHING about using well water until county water is available? At this point I have been told by Mr. Rowland that they were not going to tell Mr. Egloffthat he can't open up until county water is run out to this location; so they were going to allow him to use well water until the county ran water out here. Our main concern with this is that once he is al- lowed to hook up to a well, there is no tugency whatsoever to run county water out here anytime soon or possibly ever. During the November 6th meeting, Mr. Rowland offered to use SPLOST money to extend county water to the area but this is not a fast or easy task on a state highwa) Some residents present at this meeting were not too thrilled with this offer simply because they have been begging for water for years but it's never been seriously considered. Now the commissioners are willing to run the water to accommo- date one individual. I retained an attorney who sent Mr. Egloff a letter stating that if he does not abide by the conditions that he agreed to that there will be further legal action taken. Things seemed to have settled down for a little while and then "daughter- house minutes clarification" was added to the agenda for the March 5 meeting. Oh by the way, it was added on the afternoon of March 4 so no opposing party was notified. Myself and one other opposing property owner happened to find out about it and were able to attend. My attorney put together a memo to advise commis- sioners that they cannot make substantive changes in a condition of zoning by merely "`clarifying" the minutes. This memorandum supplied precedent from the Georgia Supreme Court to back this up. It was assumed that Mr. Egloff would be required to use the same blueprints that the com- missioners approved in the meeting. These blueprints were included in the original notice to neighbors for the conditional use application and called for a 7500-square-foot slaugh- terhouse. As I looked at the building permits for December in the Mon- roe County Reporter, something caught my attention. Mr. Egloffhad been issued a building permit for 10,858 square feet. I went directly to the building department to ask how Craig Martin says he doesn't want this is possible and ended up being his girls next to a slaughterhouse. deferred to none other than the 855 7 5 263 Let Ryland handle your curbside pickul , Resideatial & Comme~ial garbage Pay for year in advame, get one month FREE zoning officer Anita Buice. I informed Mrs. Buice that Mr. Egloff has been issued a building permit in direct violation of the approved conditions. At first she said she didn't even have the approved minutes yet until I explained to her that I had a copy of them in my hand. She insisted that he was not in violation because planning and zoning only counts heated and cooled square footage and the building depart- ment counts complete "under roof" square footage. Please refer to the actual condition pertaining to this above. At any point does this refer to heated and cooled anything? No it doesn't!!! It says the BUILDING will be 8,000 square feet. This is where it gets interesting. How is it you can send notice's out and have commissioners approve one set of blueprints that shows 7,480 square feet but submit a blueprint to the building department for 10,858 square feet and its be issued with no questions asked? Mr. Rowland explained to me on the phone it was miscommunication and compared it to a carport or porch on a house. THIS IS NOT A HOUSE. THIS IS AN INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX. Mr. Rowland told me that he, County Manager Jim Hedges, and others reviewed the recordings of the meeting and agreed he needed to stick to the 8,000 square feet total that was agreed to in the conditions. Water Water use will be high and should be supplied through the county water system and not from wells so as not to impact neighboring water supplies. Bear with me here. This one is a little more involved. This was one of the most important conditions on the list, if not the most important. People look at you funny when you speak of a well going dry but it is a possibility. As a matter of fact, one of the individuals that authored some of the conditions had a well go dry a few years ago. And that was before anyone even heard of a slaughterhouse coming to the area. I spoke at the meeting and handed out the memorandum. I was informed that they do this all the time and sometimes these things need to be revised. I pointed out to the commissioners that the time to revise them is after the meeting and before they are ap- proved. Again, the meeting pertain- ing to this was on November 6th and the minutes were approved on De- cember 20. I also want to point out again that I was told by Anita Buice, the zoning officer, the first attempt I made to get a copy of the conditions that they were being reviewed by the to raiseattorney. If they were reviewed at all by any attorney with no changes or recommendations then why do they still need to be "revised?" The commissioners already had the amended conditions done, Mr. Rowland simply read them aloud and they voted to approve. Mr. Tapley and Mr. Evans were not present. The amended conditions allow Mr. Egloffto use well water until county water is available. The Driveway Mr. Eglofftold the residents, and more importantly the commissioners, that he had approval for a driveway for this facility from the Georgia Department of Transportation. This facility will be located on a state road and any drive- way must be approved by the state. After the November 6 meeting I took it upon myself to call the GDOT to verify Mr. Egloff had the approval as daimed. I was shocked to hear that my phone call was the very first they had heard of Mr. Egloffor this project and there was no application or approval for a commercial driveway for the slaughterhouse. Yes, I said commercial. You see, the GDOT considers this commercial, the Monroe County building department considers it commercial, and any insurance on the facility will be commercial. The only party that thinks it is not a commercial/industrial facility is the Planning and Zoning department. According to a recent news broadcast, Mr. Egloff met with the commissioners to discuss the "clarifications" to the conditions that were agreed to by all parties and approved by the commissioners. So Mr. Egloffmet with commissioners with NO opposing representation invited or present and then proceeded to change the minutes as they saw fit. Does that seem right? Is this how we as citizens and conotituents expect to be treated? I expect this from Washington, but I like to hold my local officials to a little higher standard maybe I am wrong and should just expect a politician to be a politician and nothing more. During my conversations with Mr. Rowland about the square footage of the building, I asked him what the plans for water were. He informed me that the commissioners Thank You, Craig Martin and concerned residents of Monroe CoUnty County road crews have cleaned this graffiti off the May- field Road bridge, and officials say they have suspects. e e 'We don't want to ugly up our county like that.'- Junior Wafts By Will Davis Monroe County au- thorities say they have four suspects in the case of graffiti spray painted on the Maytield Road bridge over the Towaliga River. Monroe County road su- perintendent Junior Watts said they discovered the graffiti on the concrete wall of the bridge on Monday, March 11 and cleaned it off using a 4000 psi pressure washer on Tuesday. Watts said he's talking to county code enforcement officer JeffWilson about the case and they do have four suspects. "If you know these peo- ple" said Watts, "it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out they did it" Watts said they will ad- dress the suspects aggres- sively. "We don't want to ugly up our county like that," said Watts. "It's unneces- sary and uncaUed for and I won't tolerate it" Have questions about Medicare? Do you qualify for help with prescription drug cost or Medicare? Please feel free to earl me and I will gladly answer any of your questions. I represent over 20 plans and will always give you honest and unbiased answers. There's never a charge for Services! Terry Martin Independent Agent Specializing in Medicare Health Plans Medicare Advantage & Part D Plans Medicare Supplement Plans tatmart 40@yahoo.corn [ Local Agent - Bolingbroke, GA f ~1, ,