Coweta Commission

Future homes may not have individual mailboxes

by Sarah Fay Campbell

In the near future, new homes may not get their own mailboxes.

Instead, the U.S. Postal Service is moving toward “cluster mailboxes,” similar to those seen in apartment complexes, for residential mail service.

On Tuesday, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners approved changes to the county’s zoning ordinance to regulate the cluster mailboxes.

The changes also require legible house numbering for homes that don’t have a mailbox. “We have been informed that the local postmaster will determine mail deliveries in new residential subdivisions,” county Planning Director Robert Tolleson told the commissioners. “We felt like it would be proactive that we move forward with an ordinance to address these issues. We’ve been working with the fire marshal, building department, transportation and engineering and planning department,” Tolleson said, and they have reviewed similar ordinances from other communities.

Making sure all homes have addresses that are clearly visible is important, said Tolleson.

The ordinance is also designed to ensure that the cluster mailbox stations are safe and handicapped-accessible.

Commissioner Paul Poole asked if there would be any type of security at the mailbox stations.

“Hopefully, lighting will be established,” Tolleson said.

The postmaster will have to approve the location of all cluster mailboxes.

The address signage will have to be no more than 10 feet from the driveway and no more than 25 feet from the road, according to the ordinance, and numbers must be at least 4 inches tall.

In other meeting business the board:

• Got an update on the proposed demolition of the old Coweta County Fire Station at U.S. 29 and old Greentop Road. All hazardous material abatement has been completed and demolition “will be proceeding in the near future,” said Fouts.

• The board approved changes to the Resident Retirement Community and Care District, which incorporated conditions placed on prior rezonings into the ordinance. Exterior building materials must be noncombustible, the homeowners association or management company must file yearly audits, and the deed restrictions related to the requirement that 80 percent of units be occupied by those 55 and older will have priority over any secured lender’s interest.

• The board approved variances for the expansion and renovation of the RaceTrac convenience store and gas station on Highway 34 at I-85.

• The board approved right-of-way easements and gravel maintenance for Barber Circle.

• The board approved an agreement with the Water and Sewerage Authority regarding the group pension plan. The authority will make a one-time payment of $1,006,060 to cover its obligation to its employees who participate in the pension plan.

• The board approved a recommendation from the board of trustees for the salary deferral and employee matching plans. Employees will now be able to direct the investment of the employer contributions, as well as their own contributions.

• The board approved a contract extension with Man Your Stations for operation of the county’s trash compactor sites through Sept. 30.

• The board voted to allow Stalwart Films to access county property on Selt Road, off Hospital Road in Newnan behind the old Piedmont Newnan Hospital, for filming of AMC’s “The Walking Dead."

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