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Page 8A July 25, 2018 AREporter A security camera captured this suspect and his accomplice using their Suburban to pry open the door to Jackson's Country Store overnight on Thursday. Authorities are reportedly dose to making an arrest af- ter Jackson's Country Store on 74 was robbed for the fourth time in three years in the wee hours of Thursday, July 19. Security video shows a white male passenger in a GMC Suburban hooked a chain to the vehide, and then the driver used it to yank open the store's front door around 4 a.m. The thieves first tried to ram open the store's back door by push- ing a buggy with the Suburban but failed to gain entry there. Having pulled the front door off, the passenger entered the store and walked behind the front counter Store owner Earl Jackson said the thieves only got about $2 in cash but did'S10,000 in dam- age to his store. "This place is like Fort Knox" said Jackson, noting that he's adding an even better security system after his store was struck for the fourth time in three years. Monroe County deputy Christian Sawley got to the scene around 5:18 a.m. and he and Jackson saw the store's front door in the parking lot. The case was turned over to Inv. Chris Landers and the investigation continues. Stolen copper seized Monroe County deputies seized about $123,OOO in stolen copper from a stolen tractor trailer abandoned on 1-75 South on July 18. At about 1:21 p.m Monroe Coun- ty Cpl. Jake Justice was dispatched to a 2005 Interna- tional tractor trailer possibly stolen out of Alabama and parked on the shoulder of 1-75 South near mile marker 182. Justice saw the truck was still cranked but found no one around the truck and the truck's vehicle identi- fication number matched that of the stolen Alabama truck. However, they also determined both the truck and trailers license plates were valid. Inv. Martin Ursitti of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office then broke the seal to the trailer doors and found 12 pallets of copper, valued at $123,OOO, "inside the trailer. (Photo/AI Shackelford) By R rd Dumas Monroe County Commission- ers lifted a moratorium on com- mercial development on Tuesda); July 10 with the unanimous adop- tion of a revised county zoning ordinance. Commissioners had halted all commercial zoning follow- ing their May 1 rejection of a proposed apartment complex offNew Forsyth Road until they could update their zoning ordinance. The Middle Georgia Regional Commission, Monroe County attorney Ben Vaughn and Monroe County zoning officer Anita Buice then worked nearly two months on revising the document before presenting it to the public for the first time at a July 9 Planning & Zoning board meeting. About 15 members of the public attended the July 9 P & Z meeting. After the revised ordinance was unanimously approved by P & Z, it went before commissioners for full approval the following night. Commissioners discussed the ordinance for an hour before granting final approval, offi- cially ending the moratorium. The moratorium was initially set to expire on Aug. 7 unless commis- sioners voted to extend it. The 85-page updated ordinance includes a total revision of the county's commercial zoning policies as well as a new section dedicated exclusively to Multi- Family Residential Districts. The Multi-Family Residential District section stipulates that any multi- family development, such as the one proposed for New Forsyth Road, would require a full rezon- ing and not merely a conditional use variance in residential, agri- cultural or commercial. Commissioners reviewed on June 10 proposed recommenda- tions by the county's P & Z board the previous night. Several P & Z board recommendations were agreed upon by commis- sioners, the most notable of which involved removing a lot size requirement in agricultural mandating that a property owner must have at least five acres in order to have livestock or poultry. Commissioners agreed they need a limit but instructed Vaughn and Buice to come back with a recom- mendation. In the meantime, the ordinance passed without any land size restriction. The most notable recommenda- tion the P & Z board made that commissioners rejected was a requirement that adult entertain- ment establishments must be at least 2,500 feet away from schools, homes or churches. District i commissioner Larry Evans said a 2,500-foot distance would be too restricting of business owners, and Monroe County attorney Ben Vaughn said that significant a dis- tance could be hard for the county to defend in court as just cause for rejecting a proposed rezoning. Commissioners instead approved a 1,000-foot distance The new zoning ordinance went into effect immediately upon its passage on July 10. PUBLIC NOTIFICATION Inadequately Treated Wastewater Wastewater System Name: City of Forsyth WWTP Monroe : "WedneSday, luly 25, 2018' : lanice Hall, City Manager : P.O. Box 1447 Forsythi GA 31029 478-994-7747 Violation: On the week of June 24, 2018, the effluent BOD concen- trations at the South Wastewater Treatment Plant were higher than permitted limits. The permitted limit is 30mg/L April - December. Analysis on 6/26/18 yielded 57 mg/L and analysis on 6/17/18 yielded 45 mg/L. Re- sulting in a weekly average of 51 mg/L which exceeds our limitations, Repairs are underway and positive results have already been observed. The local health department, media and legal organ have been notified as required. There are no downstream wa- ter suppliers within twenty (20) miles of the spill site. ]his violation does not pose a threat to the quality of any Georgia waterway. Residents should not be alarmed. The City is taking corrective actions to insure that an adequate wastewater program is maintained. ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS VIOLATION SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE CONTACT PERSON LISTED ABOVE. FIVE BELOW Continued from Front lion in land and building ,L and about ma ery equip erit: :L: Additional invesu:nent will- occur over the next five years. It's thought to be the biggest construction project in Monroe County Since Plant Scherer in 1982. The Monroe County Industrial Development Authority will continue to own the property with a long-term lease to Five Below. "This is a great day for all the citizens of Monroe Count ,' said Baugh. "The Development Authority will continue to work to- wards the additional growth of jobs and investment in the county. I appreciate the help and support from the Board, Bo Gregory and county government:' County commission chairman Greg Tapley concurred. "This is an exciting time for Monroe County. We are looking forward to welcom- and -'19 Open FBC Preschool Offers: FBC After School Offers: - Christian based curriculum *Transportation creative approach that engages *Nutritious Snack children in the leaming process *HomeworkTime ,lt~ * A cheerful atmosphere with *Outdoor Activities and Indoor Activities: Music, Art, W teachers that make learning funl Drama and more! * Library Visits and Story time Weekday Preschool Hours ; ,: Mother's Moming Out Monday and Tuesday orWednesday 8AM-Noon 2,3, & 4 Year 01d Program Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8AM-Noon After School Hours Monday-Fdday After school-6:00 PM Pre K-Sth Grade Train up a child in the way he should go, and when is old he will not depart from R ~Proverbs 22:6 Both programs coincide with the Monroe County Public School Calendar. L, Please contact Carla Niblett, Preschool Director or Debble McMichael, After School Director t o 478-994-5240 or visit us at, A sketch of the main entrance to the new Five Below distribution center under on Rumble Road at 1-75. (Special to the Reporter/Courtesy Dale Waters) consti'ucfion hag our newest employer to our business community" said Tapley. "This is a great example of what can hap- pen when we work together as a team. A big 'thank you!' to everyone that helped make this project happen." Monroe County appar- ently beat out several other sites for the project. Back in Ma); this newspaper reported that Five Below was considering building a warehouse in Riverview Park in Butts County near the Brushy Creek subdivi- sion and High Falls Lake. But High Falls residents op- posed the plan for environ- mental reasons. Gov. Nathan Deal an- nounced the new project in Smarr last Wednesday, although grading and construction work has been going on at the site since May. "Five Below's decision to invest in Monroe County directly reflects the strength of our workforce and Geor- gia's strategic location for accessing the Southeastern market;' said Deal. "Geor- gia is perfectly positioned to support this distribution center and Five Below will benefit by locating distribu- tion operations here in the No. 1 state in which to do business. We appreciate this investment in Monroe County and I am confident that Georgia's transporta- tion infrastructure will help Five Below serve its grow- ing customer base." Workers have built a small concrete plant near the site to pour 13,000 cubic yards of concrete for the floor. Dale Waters, the construction foreman for the project, said he'll have 24 people working on the project and they hope to be done so that Five Below can occupy the new warehouse in November. He added, though, that recent rains have slowed them down. Asked to describe the site, Waters said: "You can't beat Georgia day. It's the best thing to build on." Baugh said the author- ity's decision a few years ago to extend a sewer line from the rest area to the property at a cost of about $250,000 was key to attract- ing Five Below. The sewer line was extended to serve the Electric Cooperative Training Center on Rumble Road, which had been on a septic tank but is expanding and needed sewer service. Nearby Gresco Utility Supply has also expanded recently, doubling the size of its warehouse. Baugh said IDI, the Atlanta company that man- ages the property, is looking for a big retail developer, likeLove's, to put a gas station and restaurant on a nearby comer to serve the employees and truck traffic from the warehouse. Baugh said they can't reveal what tax breaks the county is giving Five Below until they're cemented in a memorandum of under- standing. Bo Gregory, president of the Monroe County Development Authority, said estimates show the Five Below warehouse will inject $23 million per year directly and indirectly into the local economy, includ- ing $11.7 million in sales and $6.5 million in payroll per year. Founded in 2002, Five Below operates more than 650 stores in 32 states. The company expects to cut the ribbon on approximately 125 new stores in 2018. Here's what the front of a Five Below retail store looks like.