Hogansville council rezones part of Williams Street

Published 6:13 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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During its teleconference council meeting, the city of Hogansville approved to rezone an area of Williams Street for development.

“There are 25 some odd acres that are for residential and 2.78 for commercial,” said Interim City Manager Lisa Kelly.  “The whole development itself was commercial.”

The city approved allowing the property owner to rezone the 25.95 acres to multi-family housing and 2.78 acres for commercial usage.

Townhouse development on Williams Street is in the early planning stages.  

After a lengthy discussion, the council approved to award the water system improvements to Smith Pipeline Inc., of Palmetto, in the amount of $966,405.

“My biggest concern is if we are doing work on the road, why didn’t we consider going ahead and lumping the pavement replacement in it,” Councilwoman Mandy Neese said.

According to Kelly, the pavement placement wasn’t used for this contract due to funds being allocated for is coming from local maintenance and improvement dollars.

“The engineers didn’t feel it wise that we could lump that in there, and it is approved as part of it (for community block development grant funds),” Kelly said. “Not to mention, we’ve already got approval on MIT dollars set aside from that.”

Neese said she was worried about spending money on material and a project that would be taken up later on down the road.

“That is part of the intention of this, is to make sure that does not happen, and it is coordinated well,” Kelly said. “The intention is to do the pipework and work in conjunction with the pavement placement.”

Additionally, the council approved to name the mayor and interim city manager as Municipal Gas Authority voting delegates until a permanent city manager is hired.

At the Jan. 21 council meeting, a resolution was adopted for the mayor and interim city manager to communicate council decisions and jointly execute decisions relating to the Municipal Competitive Trust (MEAG) signatures.

The term of the original resolution ended on March 30.

The council voted Monday night to extend that and adopt a resolution again naming the mayor and interim city manager as MEAG signatures with an expiration date of June 30, with the understanding if a new city manager is named before the expiration date, the resolution can be brought back in front of the council.