TIFTON — In a four to two vote, The Tift County Board of Commissioners approved a petition to rezone 3.616 acres located near the intersection of Brighton Road and Highway 125 North from AG (Agriculture) to CC (Community Commercial) after a public hearing during the Oct. 14 meeting.
Kim Brownlee Meeks addressed the board in support of the rezoning. She said that the potential buyer, a medical equipment company, would not be able to locate to the property without the rezoning. Meeks said that the property would not be visible from the road and that it would not devalue any surrounding properties.
Janet Paulk spoke against the rezoning. Her concern was that, if the sale of the property to the company didn’t go through, the property would still be designated CC, which would allow other businesses to potentially locate there which could be a detriment to property values.
Commissioners Buck Rigdon, Donnie Hester, Stan Stalnaker and Greg Wood voted in favor of the rezoning and Melissa Hughes and Tony McBrayer voted against.
Stalknaker said that he felt comfortable about voting for the rezoning since there were multiple other properties in the vicinity that were also designated CC.
A second public hearing that was scheduled, to rezone 12.33 acres located on Rutland Road, was sent back to the Planning and Zoning Committee for changes. It is expected to come back before the board at a later date.
The board unanimously approved the consent agenda, which consisted of leasing two copiers from Ashley’s for $1,900.08 per year per machine for four years., approving a memorandum of understanding with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security for use of a grant website, purchasing two mowers from Chris’ Mower Clinic for $18,164 plus the cost of adding canopies out of SPLOST VI funds, approving an agreement with Watkins and Associates for engineering services, approving an alcohol license for Expressway Foot Mart, located at 3336 US Hwy. 41 N, Chula, approving an agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau for use of the 2020 census logo and approving contracts with Eaton for maintenance of the county’s 93PM UPS and UPS 9PX system for $5,977.48.