Public hearing set on planned haunted house
by Sarah Fay Campbell
A public hearing on changes to the special use permit for 13 Stories Haunted House will be held Feb. 18 before the Coweta County Board of Commissioners.
A special use permit was granted in September to allow portions of the old Playtex plant on Temple Avenue to be used for the seasonal haunted house. Extensive work on the building could not be completed in time for the attraction to open for Halloween 2013.
Owner Allyn Glover is asking for changes to the operating dates and times. A condition was placed on the permit that the haunted house would only be operated during the Halloween season. Glover is asking for the ability to operate events during other times of the year. Current conditions require the attraction to close at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at midnight on Friday and Saturday. Glover is requesting that those hours be changed to midnight during the week and 2 a.m. on weekends.
He's also requesting the removal of condition 18, which had required an off-duty officer to be placed at Loblolly Drive on peak nights to direct traffic around the Red Acres subdivision. That requirement brings up constitutional issues and, according to the planning department report, Coweta Sheriff Mike Yeager states that the county cannot deny access to a public road.
"I nor a deputy will take part in that," Yeager says in the report. In other meeting business:
• Bob Blackburn was re-elected to a second term as commission chairman, and Tim Lassetter was re-elected as vice chairman.
• Norfolk Southern Railway will be doing work on numerous crossings in Coweta County, starting Jan. 13, it was announced. Each crossing will be closed twice, once for prep work and once for the final work and asphalt placement. The closings will begin after school starts and the crossings will be reopened before school gets out, to prevent disruptions to bus routes and school traffic.
The work will begin at the Wagers Mill Road crossing and continue all the way to the Broad Street crossing in Senoia.
• The commissioners approved a policy governing the use of the county's new early warning weather sirens.
• Members of Coweta's fourth Certified Emergency Response Team were recognized.
• The board executed documents for condemnation of several tracts needed as right-of-way for the planned intersection improvement at U.S. 29 S., Pine Road and Ga. Hwy. 16.
• The board confirmed an engagement letter with EDI Ltd. for security consulting and design services for the Coweta County Justice Center and Juvenile Court building. The cost of $33,500 will be paid for with the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
• The board approved an amendment to the personnel management system regarding holiday leave.