Published Thursday, December 20, 2012
By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
A public hearing on changes to the zoning conditions and development agreement for the Fischer Crossings development has been continued until February.
Public hearings on the changes were set to be held at Tuesday’s meeting of the Coweta County Board of Commissioners. However, “some new information is being gathered,” said Zoning Administrator Angela White.
“We would request at this point that we do not go forward,” she said.
The public hearing will take place on Feb. 19.
Commission Chairman Rodney Brooks asked if anyone wanted to speak. The applicant, as well as one other person, said they’d wait until Feb. 19.
The Fischer Crossings property has been foreclosed on and is now owned by Synovus Bank. The prospective new developers are Fischer Partners LLC.
The applicants have hired a company to do a new traffic analysis of the property, based on their development plans, White said after the meeting.
The property several years ago was reviewed as a “development of regional impact” and has several conditions placed on it by the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. They include required traffic improvements and required design elements related to traffic flow inside the development.
White said the developers are looking to possibly change the required loop road.
The traffic analysis will have to be submitted to GRTA.
Feb. 18 is the absolute soonest the state and local reviews could be completed.
There are also various changes to the development agreement that have been requested, from simple changes such as the name of the property owner and allowing the applicant to ask for variances to changes regarding the GRTA conditions.
In other meeting business:
• The board approved the final change orders and certificate of substantial completion for the renovation and expansion at the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.
Despite several major changes because of unforeseen issues, the total project cost only increased 7.41 percent, said Assistant County Administrator Michael Fouts.
Those issues included the relocation of a water main, which cost around $40,000, and some structural issues.
The change orders increased the cost of the project by $106,450. The original contract price was $1,437,000.
Some of the structural issues that came to light were from when the building was built in 1991. The current sheriff’s office and jail facility was built “in less than 12 months under a federal judge’s order,” Sheriff Mike Yeager said. “So I’m sure that there were some things that were kind of hurried up back then.”
Now “it is a fantastic facility,” Yeager said.
The changes made to the water main also provide “isolation” for the various pods in the jail and administrative areas, so if there is a problem, only certain areas will have to be shut off instead of water service to the whole building.
• The board executed a contract between the county and the Georgia Department of Transportation for the acquisition of right-of-way for the extension of the Highway 34 Bypass from Turkey Creek Road southward to Highway 16.
• The board executed a proclamation recognizing The Heritage School’s football team for being regional champs and state runner-up.
• The board executed an agreement with Gardner Spencer Smith Tench and Jarbeau for architectural design, bidding and project management services related to the construction of the county morgue.
• The board executed a proclamation in recognition and appreciation of David Millen, district engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation, who is retiring.
“He is a great guy to work with,” said County Administrator Theron Gay. “He has been very good to Coweta County.”
• The board approved changes to the county’s personnel management system. The changes relate to the classification process and will allow for the creation of a Position Classification Review Panel.
• The board voted to name Assistant County Administrator Kelly Mickle as the county’s legislative coordinator with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, with Fouts as alternate.
• The board voted to move the first January meeting from Jan. 3 to Jan. 8 at 6 p.m.
• Representatives from the Coweta County 4-H presented the commissioners with a plate of holiday goodies and thanked the county for its support of 4-H.