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October 31, 2018 Page 9A iReOorter il By Rid rd I)=n forsyth@mymcmet The Monroe County Plan- ning & Zoning board denied on Monday a request to build a storage facility on Hwy. 41 South near Sanders Road. JeffDdl asked the P & Z board for a conditional use variance in commercial to build and operate a mini storage facility on a 13.93- acre tract at 6923 41 South, owned by Michael Winger The project required a conditional use because the proposed site is within 300 feet of a residential district. Dell said the facility would have two buildings with a total of I00 storage units, lO-foot by 20-foot in size, and said the ends of each building would have a brick facade. Dell added that a security gate with a keypad would be at the front of the facility about 50 feet offthe highway. Winget, who lives on Pea Ridge Road, said he bought the tract, an abandoned trail- er park, after it had been on the market for more a year and said he spent $20,000 to restore its aesthetic appeal. Winget identified Dell as his contractor on the project and said the storage fadlity won't be "junky'; estimating the property's assessed value at $400,000 upon completion. While Winget and Dell were the lone proponents of the project, a number of nearby residents opposed it. Heritage Drive resident Glen Payne said if the project was approved, he wanted a fence between his adjoining property and the storage fa- cility. Heritage Drive resident Garrett Gordon said he was concerned about security. Dr. Street Logan and Paul Harris said they were not impressed with W'mget's concem for his neighbors, saying it would increase traffic and crime. " e don't need storage units;' Logan said. Klopfer Road resident Sta- cey Nestor said a proposed on-site retention pond could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. She also feared increased crime and said there would be noise from doors slamming and conver- sations at all hours. Nestor said she also was concemed the facility would diminish home sales at a proposed nearby subdivision at the comer of Hwy. 41 South and Sanders Road. "It's just not the place for something like that;' Nestor said. Spdman Road resident Kevin Daniel, who owns the tract behind the proposed facility, said he was wor- ried about heavy lighting. Another Spelman Road resident, John Ga ; said the facility would be visible from his home, and he didn't want to see it. hree other nearby residents, Heritage Drive resident Mary Katherine Scroggs, Heritage Drive resident Don Desroches and Field Springs Court resident KenT Howell, all also op- posed the storage facility. After about 30 minutes of discussion, P & Z member Jim Rollins motioned to deny Dells re-zoning request, which was seconded by Red Ezelle. The P & Z board then denied by a 4-1 vote the re- zoning request with Chuck Benson the lone member in opposition. Monroe County Co nis- sioners are expected to have the final say at their next regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. ,e By Richard Dumas A Clearwater, Fla. man claiming to be a U.S. Secret Service agent was arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property after his stolen car broke down on 1-75 South on Oct. 25. Joseph Aaron Marcum, 42, was booked into the Monroe County Jail, where he was also charged with possession of drug related objects, According to the incident report, at about 8:30 a.m Cpl. Thomas Haskins of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office saw a white 2013 Chevrolet Malibu with a Michigan license plate pulled over on the shoulder ofi-75 South near mile marker 184. Haskins asked the male driver, identi- fiedasMarcum, ffhe had a problem with his car to which Marcum replied, "The NSA (National Secu- rity Agency) EMP'd my car and disabled it." Marcum told Haskins he works for the Secret Service and was on a mission that he couldn't tell the deputy about. Howev- er, when Haskins MARCUM asked to see Marcum's Secret Service ID, Marcum was unable to provide one. Marcum, who appeared mentally unstable and was loud and boisterous, told Haskins repeatedly that he worked for the govern- ment. He also said his car belonged to the Secret Ser- vice and was left for him at a Walmart in Stockbridge. Marcum then said his friend was the car's owner, but he declined to give any- more information about the car because he said Haskins was not autho- rized to receive top secret information. Marcum told Haskins,he was headed to Florida for a Secret Service mission. He then asked Haskins to drop him off at A 31-year-old Forsyth man has been charged with statutory rape for having sex with a 14-year-old girl at an English Road location on Oct. 8-9. Quantez Demilo Brown of 187 Clayton English Drive, Forsyth, was arrested on Oct. 19 and charged with statutory rape. Inv. Adam Blanks of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said that Brown met the girl, who was living in Warner Robins at the time, on-line before they met in person on Oct. 8-9. Brown said the girl has since moved in with family i in Upson County. I Meanwhile after the incident, saidBROWN authorities, Brown wound up in Macon where he was stabbed three times. Au- thorities said they didn't think the stabbing was related to the meet up with the girl. Brown was ultimately released on bond to his mother. the nearest Walmart, where the Secret Service would get him another car. Dispatchers then notified Haskins that the car was re- ported stolen out Of Henry County. Haskins searched the car and found inside a black book bag on the passenger seat a glass pipe used for smoking meth- amphetamine with residue inside. When Marcum admitted the book bag was his, Haskins asked Marcum if the Secret Service allows him to smoke metham- phetamine to which Mar- cum replied that they did. Haskins also noticed the car was disabled and did not have any power. Haskins then took Mar- cure to the Monroe County Jail. While en route, Mar- cum told Haskins that the car wasn't stolen, saying he found the keys on the floor .inside Walmart. Marcum also told Haskins: "You're going to die because you are.keeping me from my mission, and a lot of people are going to get hurt unless you let me go'.' Thursday, 6:00 November 1, 2018 pm - 9:00 pm Sip Shop Get a taste of High Cotton Featuring Local Artist, ELIZABETH HICKMAN who will be painting our festive event! We will be CLOSED Oct. 29, 30 & 31 to prepare for this special party. We will RE-OPEN at 6 pm, November 1st for our CHRISTMAS PREVIEW PARTY! . House Washing (Soft Washing) . Driveways Commercial Buildings . Sidewalks/Walkways NEWCardio Equipment Throughout Group Fitness Classes Silver Sneakers Selectorized Equipment Women Friendly Machines Personal Training Tanning Saunas Child Care & More! HEALTHWAYS Check Us Out On FITNESS