Newnan Council

Five Points intersection project moving forward

by Celia Shortt

The Newnan City Council approved an amendment to an intergovernmental agreement Tuesday, allowing the Five Points intersection project to move forward.

Five Points consists of the intersection of Poplar Road, Turkey Creek Road, East Newnan Road, and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

It borders the Newnan city limits, and the project involves both Newnan and Coweta County. “We are at the point where we’re beginning to do the right-of-way acquisition,” said Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips of the project. “City and county officials discussed and felt it would be better that one entity was overseeing the acquisition, so we would have the same appraisers, same engineers, everyone on board.”

Phillips felt with the city staff’s experience they would take on the responsibility of overseeing the acquisition process.

“Obviously, they (the county) pay for their portion that’s in the city, and we pay for our portion that’s in the county,” Phillips added. “I’m comfortable with what the agreement’s drafted.”

At Tuesday’s meeting, Newnan City Council also referred to Newnan’s Board of Zoning Appeals Verizon Wireless’ request to demolish an existing 70-foot-tall cell phone tower at 932 Lower Fayetteville Road in order to build back a new 131-foot tower.

In 2007, the council allowed the 70-foot tower to be built as an exception. Allowing the 131-foot tower to be built would be another exception.

Recently, the Newnan Board of Zoning Appeals denied the request based on a lack of sufficient information about the project and how it would affect the area.

Additional information was made available late last week and given to the council at Tuesday’s meeting, but was not a part of the meeting agenda. “My concern is the board of zoning denied it because they had a lack of information,” said Councilmember George Alexander.

“Yet, we received this (information) this evening.” Councilmember Cynthia Jenkins questioned why the information had not gone back to the appeals board.

Newnan City Attorney C. Bradford Sears Jr. reasoned it had come before the council rather than appeals board because the decision was ultimately the council’s.

“The question is, has council had enough time to understand what is before them?” questioned Newnan Mayor Keith Brady.

Councilmember Dustin Koritko made a motion to refer Verizon’s request back to the appeals board in the light of the new information brought to the council. The appeals board will make its recommendation and bring it before the council at a later meeting.

In other business:

• Council accepted the Parks Commission’s annual report.

• The council approved a rezoning request to rezone .7 acre of a 4.8-acre parcel at 77 Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd. to general commercial in order to permit more commercial uses in existing structures facing the street. The remaining 4.1 acres will stay zoned as heavy industrial.

• Public hearings for properties at 4 Welch St., 78 Temple Ave., and 80 Temple Ave. were rescheduled for March 25.

• Council moved a request regarding the structure at 7 Landers St. to the March 13 meeting.

• Council approved a request from the Newnan-Coweta Art Association to use the downtown square sidewalks on April 12 (with a rain date for April 26) for their annual Spring Arts and Crafts Show and allow them to set up the previous Friday evening after 5 p.m.

• Council approved a request from Clarence Bohannon to block Wesley Street from the Wesley Street Gym to Richard Allen Drive on July 26 from noon until 6 p.m. for Rocky Hill Community Day.

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