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Page 4B May,2019 , orter Mary Per- sons co- offensive line coach Jarmarcus Johnson leads drills during Monday's spring prac- rice. The Bulldogs will play their end- of-spring scrim- mage at 6 p.m. on Thursday. (Photo/ Will Da- vis) By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.net Mary Persons will hold its an- nual spring football scrimmage at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Dan Pitts Stadium. For the third consecutive year, the Bulldogs will take on non-region rival Washington County. The cost of attendance for fans is $5. While the two teams didn't keep score when they met in 2017, both squads agreed to run the scoreboard last year with the Golden Hawks prevail- ing 30-18. Washington County scored a go-ahead rushing touchdown with 45 seconds to play to seal the win. MP head coach Brian Nelson said this year's game will be played just like last year's with normal clock and scoreboard operation. The difference from a real game is that each team will have an equal number of offensive and defensive snaps, and there won't be any special teams. Nelson said he has had be- tween 91 and 97 varsity and IV participants at each spring practice. He said despite the lack of experienced returners, it's been "kind of exciting" to see younger players take advan- ": tage of new opportunities. "It's different but enjoyable" ;< Nelson said. .- Nelson said early spring , standouts include in alphabeti- cal order: Adrian Hughley, Eric Jarrell, Tre Jones, D.J. Martinez and Trippe Moore. He said the quarterback position is com- pletely up for grabs but said senior Jimbo Finch is expected to start Thursday's scrimmage. P Ridm Durmm forsyth@mymcr.net Monroe County Commis- sioners appointed Wes Cone to the Hospital Authority of Monroe County on Tuesday May 7. Cone will fill the final three-plus years of the five- year term of former member Henry Davis, who resigned unexpectedly last month. District 4 commissioner George Emami, who has served alongside Cone on several other boards, said Cone will "diversify the board" with his youthful perspective. In other Board of Commis- sioners news: Monroe County Corn- missioners re-appointed Jim Cole to a four-year term on the Devdopment Authority of Monroe County on Tues- day; May 7. District 3 commissioner John Ambrose said of Cole "He's done a good job." Monroe County Com- missioners appointed Debbie Harbin to a three-year term on the Department of Behavioral Health and Devdopment Disabilities Region 2 Advisory Council on Tuesda); May 7. Monroe County Com- missioners re-appointed Linda Davis to a four-war term on the Monroe County Board of Elections on Tues- day, May 7. By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.net Monroe County Commission- ers granted a Garr Road property owner permission to build a drive- way and a home on a flag lot. Lorena Salazar asked commis- sioners on Tuesday, May 7 for a variance in agricultural zoning to allow her to build a three to four- bedroom home on a 10.87-acre tract at 270 Garr Road owned by her father, Nicasio Salazar. Salazar said there are already two homes on the site, and she intends to build one just south of the two existing homes for her and her two children. Garr Road resident Renee Hawkins said she was opposed to Salazar's request because the proposed home would be directly behind her home and noted Sala- zar failed to give specifics about the proposed home's dimensions. She also said she frequently uses her backyard for target practice and said it could be dangerous for Salazar's children to be playing behind her home. Another Garr Road resident, Sandra Tappy, agreed with Hawkins and said hunters use nearby property and could pose a hazard for Salazar's kids. After about 15 minutes of dis- cussion, District 3 commissioner John Ambrose motioned to ap- prove Salazar's request. District 4 commissioner George Emami said he'd vote in favor of the request as long as Salazar and her father agree to an easement that would allow for continued legal access to all homes on the tract should ownership change hands. The Monroe County Planning & Zoning board previously approved Salazar's request at an April 29 meeting, but commissioners had the final say on May 7. In other Board of Commission- ers' news: Monroe County Commission- ers allowed a Broken Arrow Trail couple to build an accessory build- ing on a vacant tract. Mark and Yvonne Hunter asked commissioners for a variance in residential zoning to allow for an accessory building to be used as a studio to be built In front of a proposed home on the 4.08-acre tract. No one was opposed to the , Hunters' request. Commissioners unanimously approved the measure on Tuesday, , May 7 contingent upon the acces- " sory building being a stick-built -, structure, a condition to which ' ' Yvonne Hunter agree& The Monroe County Planning & ,' Zoning board previously approved the Hunters' request at an April 29 ~'- meeting, but commissioners had ' the final say on May 7. By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.net Monroe County Commis- sioners are expected to vote on Tuesday, May 21 on whether to close a railroad crossing at the Intersection of Hwy. 41 South and Charlie Benson Road. In exchange for dosing the crossing, the Georgia Depart- ment of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to widen and install crossing arms at a nearby cross- ing at Hwy. 41 South and Old Rumble Road. Commissioners held their first public hearing on the matter on Tuesday, May 7, and no one was opposed. A second public hear- ing will be held prior to the final vote on May 21. By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.net Monroe County Commis- sioners amended the county's Planning & Zoning Ordinance to restrict public comments to 15 minutes per side during a zoning heating on Tuesda); May 7. The new change took effect immediately and was used during zoning hearings held at the May 7 meeting. In other Board of Commis- sioners' news: Monroe County Commis- sioners approved on Tuesday, May 7 a preliminary plat for Bolingbroke Manor subdivi- sion. The subdivisions developer, Matt Gilbert, re-submitted a preliminary plat application that meets all county standards after commissioners rejected in November 2018 a variance request for reduced lot sizes. Gilbert Initially asked for lots smaller than one acre, less than 150 feet of road frontage as well as a right-of- way radius of less than 75 feet for cul,de- sacs. After being turned down, - Gilbert amended his plat with - specifications matching those " allowed by the county's subdi- vision ordinance. The 105-acre Bolingbroke Manor subdivision will have a total of 78 lots on both sides of Sanders Road offof Hwy. 41 South. : By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.net The Monroe County Planning & Zoning board allowed on April 29 a Garr Road property owner a vari- ance to build a driveway and a home on a flag lot. Lorena Salazar asked the P & Z board for a variance in agricultural zoning to allow her to build a three to four-bedroom home on a 10.87- acre tract owned by her father, Nicasio Salazar. Salazar said there are already two homes on the site, and she intends to build one just south of the two existing homes for her and her two children, Three nearby neighbors op- posed Salazar's request Garr Road residents Pamela Brewer, Renee Hawkins and Sandra Tappy all said Salazar's proposed home would be located right up against their prop- erty lines. After about 15 minutes of discus- sion, P & Z member Connie Gantt motioned to approved, and the measure passed 4-1 with Red Ezelle the lone dissenter. Monroe County Commissioners are expected to have the final say on the matter at their next scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7. In other Monroe County Planning & Zoning board news: The Monroe County Planning & Zoning board unanimously ap- proved on April 29 to allow a Broken Arrow Trail couple to build a studio on a currently vacant tract. Mark and Yvonne Hunter asked the P & Z board for a variance in residential zoning to allow for an ac- cessory building to be used as a stu- dio to be built in front of a proposed home on the 4.08-acre tract. Yvonne Hunter said the studio would be about 50 feet by 50 feet In size in all, including a garden at its rear. She did not specify for what purpose the studio would be used. No one was opposed to Hunter's request. Monroe County Commissioners are expected to have the final say on the matter at their next scheduled meetIng at 6 p.m. on Tuesda May 7. The Monroe County Planning & Zoning board unanimously named on April 29 Connie Gantt as the board's vice-chairman and Red Ezelle as the board's secretary. Jim Rollins was named earlier this year as the new board chairman, replac- ing Gantt. By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.net -> ,I The Hospital Authority of Monroe County appointed Mac Brown chairman on Tuesday, April 23. Brown will serve at least the remainder of former chairman Todd Tolbert's tenure, which will run through Sept. 30. Authority secretary/treasurer Phil- ' lip English motioned to appoint Brown, which was ;: seconded by vice chairman Dr. Craig Caldwell, who ;. was serving as the Interim chairman. Brown's selection ; passed 5-0 with Brown abstaining, o Brown's appointment came several hours after another Authority member Henry Davis announced .'. his resignation from the board at the beginning of the April 23 meeting. Davis' resignation came less than a month after Tolbert stepped down after Authority members learned the former chairman met with an Atlanta-based medical company about buying Monroe , County Hospital. Tolbert's replacement on the board, * Kerri Swearingen, attended her first board meeting on April 23.