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April 24, 2013

City mulling restricted historic district zoning

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

Col. (Ret.) John Alton, a concerned Liberty Street homeowner, said the current ordinance lacks teeth. Alton urged council to enforce the rules already on the books.

Jordan said how the city uses manpower to gather and investigate evidence is the issue. 

“It's not a matter of the ordinance in what it allows. I will say from a practical standpoint it can be a most difficult situation to investigate and prove to the satisfaction of having our municipal court judge find beyond a reasonable doubt that something is taking place in a certain house or area,” Jordan said.

Alton said he could name 12 houses currently breaking the single-family property ordinance. 

“I have four in my neighborhood right now on Liberty,” he said.

Once council reaches a consensus, the city will draw the ordinance and present the suggested area through the hearing cycles starting at Planning & Zoning.

• City paying for summer fireworks

The city aided in the July 4th fireworks event held at the Milledgeville Mall over the last two years.  The city's cost was $1,500 out of $8,000 total for the 17-minute show handled by Pyrotechnico.

City manager Barry Jarrett said raising the remaining funds by way of local business donations proved difficult last year. Certain city officials suggested the city brunt the entire cost of the show as a form of community giving.

“It brings a lot of people to come see it,” Jeanette Walden, District 2, said. “I think it's a good thing.”

Phillip Joiner, District 4, agreed that funding the show in whole would be simpler. The city could still utilize willing large-scale sponsors like Louie Herron to increase the show's magnitude. 

Jarrett will contact the fireworks company to get the ball rolling.

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