Senoia may annex 35 acres

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Senoia has received an annexation request for 35 acres on Morgan Road and Old Highway 85.

The Senoia City Council voted Monday night to forward the annexation request to Coweta County. Once the county submits its comments, there may be a mitigation process, and the council can then take action on annexing the property.

J.P. Allen Homes is proposing a 32-unit subdivision, Morgan Farms, for the land. The proposed zoning is R-40, with 16 acres of open space.

One issue that will need to be worked out is the water service for the subdivision, said City Administrator Richard Ferry. No city water lines are near the property. There are a few other annexed areas where the residents get water from the Coweta Water and Sewerage Authority. The city pays the authority for the water and then bills the residents.

In other meeting business:

• The council went into closed session to discuss real estate. Upon returning the open session, the council voted to do a survey of the Leroy Johnson Park property, to determine the boundaries of the property. The city recently bought land for a new park, on Georgia Hwy. 16, that will be developed in conjunction with Coweta County.

“We don’t have a current survey” of the park property, Ferry said. There are many possible future uses of the land, which is adjacent to the city’s industrial area. Whatever the future use may be, the survey will be a “valuable tool to have,” Ferry said.

• A public hearing will be held Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. on the proposed millage rate of 5.88. The city plans to go with the rollback rate, which will garner the same amount of money as it did last year from properties that haven’t been improved in the previous year.

• A public hearing will be held during the Aug. 18 council meeting on the proposal to continue the road closures at Morgan Street and Amey Street, and the permit for a large wall around the Gin Property, through 2019. The wall has been built for filming of AMC television’s “The Walking Dead.”

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