County hears environmental concerns

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 17, 2016

By Tyler H. Jones

LaGRANGE — The Troup County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday held a public hearing on a special-use permit to operate a towing and wrecker service on West Point Road.

The permit, which was recommended for denial by the county’s planning and zoning board, asks for permission to store vehicles at an automotive repair garage at 2726 West Point Road.

County officials are concerned about the proposed storage area because it falls in a Federal Emergency Management Agency flood plain and fluids from stored vehicles could leach into a nearby stream.

Under a county ordinance passed last year, towing and wrecker services that store vehicles are required to drain all fluids on a concrete slab prior to storage.

The area where the towing service, T&D Towing and Automotive, wants to store vehicles is about 280 feet by 60 feet and could store as many as 90 vehicles, according to county zoning official Jay Anderson.

Dusty Jones, who represented the wrecker service at the public hearing, said his business does not intend to store that many vehicles and would comply with all state and local laws governing the storage of the vehicles.

“We’re willing to do whatever we need,” he told commissioners.

Commissioner Richard English, along with other commissioners, said he supports new businesses in the county and wants to find a solution that would allow the wrecker service to expand. County Manager Tod Tentler mentioned a variance might be possible to allow the wrecker service to store the vehicles outside the flood plain.

County Commission will hear the proposal again at its next meeting, during which a vote could be held to deny or approve the permit.

In other business, Commission declared several light poles from the McClusky Tennis Center in Granger Park as surplus, paving the way for county staff to sell them. Additionally, several antique flood lights from the former city pool at Boyd Park were declared surplus and county staff will look at selling them online.

The Boyd Park lights are valued at about $1,000 each, according to County Engineer James Emery, and are made of copper and bronze. They were made by General Electric in the late 1920s or early 1930s and are “quite valuable,” Emery told commissioners.

Additionally, commissioners endorsed an application by Great Wolf Resorts to apply for a state tourism tax incentive program. The move follows a similar endorsement by LaGrange City Council.

Commission’s next meeting will be a work session scheduled for Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. at the Troup County Government Center, 100 Ridley Avenue in LaGrange.


Click here to download the meeting’s agenda and supporting documents.

Tyler H. Jones is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. He may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2155.