Newnan Council

Eatery proposed near UWG campus

by Wes Mayer

A proposed amendment to Newnan’s zoning ordinance that got the go-ahead for study Tuesday would allow a restaurant near the soon-to-open University of West Georgia Newnan center on Jackson Street.

Also considered by Newnan City Council Tuesday was a bid for a new rescue vehicle and equipment for the Newnan Fire Department and a proposal for building restroom facilities in four city parks.

As part of the Jackson Street rezoning, a public hearing was held on the text amendment to the city’s zoning ordinance. Currently the ordinance does not allow restaurants or similar establishments to be located within OI-1 and OI-2 districts.

However, Crystal Adams is hoping to open a donut and coffee shop at the location of an old pharmacy at 75 Jackson St., located in one of these districts. Because of this, Adams requested an exception in the ordinance to be made for her restaurant.

After some discussion about issues of parking and traffic, and after considering the potential positives of having a restaurant so close to the upcoming UWG satellite campus, the council approved a motion to take the steps toward amending the text of the zoning ordinance.

This amendment will be city-wide, and the city will most likely look to outside consulting to help with the new zoning, officials said. It may be more than two years before the zoning change is completed.

The council also approved a $513,750 contract for Technical Services Audio-Visual, the Athens-based company that will install audio-visual systems in the University of West Georgia’s new campus.

The council also approved a bid toward a new rescue vehicle for the Newnan Fire Department. Fire Chief David Whitley said the department hopes to be getting the truck in four to five months, and it will greatly help rescue victims and take the pressure off other fire units.

Originally, the city budgeted $200,000 to go toward the new rescue vehicle and its equipment, but the total cost only ended up being $123,000, said Cleatus Phillips, the city manager. Because of this, he suggested the council approve a bid to purchase more equipment for the fire department adding up to the budgeted $200,000 – the council approved this as well.

The council also approved planning for the construction of restroom facilities at four of Newnan’s parks – most likely First Avenue, Greenville Street, Ray Street and Lynch Street parks. The council requested the restrooms to have facilities for babies and children, and the construction not to disrupt the symmetry or tear up the parks.

In other business:

• Rodney Cage issued his resignation from the Newnan Development Authority at the end of his four-year term, and his resignation from the Urban Redevelopment Authority at the end of his three-year term.

• Tom Dennis was appointed to a three-year term on the Newnan Youth Activities Commission. Council members asked the other two appointees to be placed on the next agenda.

• Parks Avery was appointed to a three-year term on the Convention Center Authority. Council members asked the other two appointees to be placed on the next agenda.

• Bob McCoon and Kim Wright were appointed to three-year terms on the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission. Council members asked the other three appointees to be placed on the next agenda. • Jack Palmer was appointed to a three-year term on Keep Newnan Beautiful. Council members asked the other three appointees to be placed on the next agenda.

• The council approved an alcohol beverage license for Ruby Tuesday on 1120 Bullsboro Drive.

• The council adopted a Surplus Property Declaration and Disposition resolution.

• The council accepted a bid for reclamation and paving of local roads in 2014.

• The council held a public hearing for a 2014 update to the Capital Improvements Element, which includes an update to the 2014 Short-Term Work Program.

• The council accepted a recommendation from Newnan Business Development to amend the current Economic Development Incentive Policy.

• The council voted to adopt a resolution authorizing the city of Newnan and the Georgia Department of Transportation to contract for funding under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century.

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