The Newnan Times-Herald


Town Hall meeting next week in Senoia

  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Aug. 10, 2017 - 10:56 PM

A town hall meeting Thursday will allow all Senoia residents who attend to talk about the things they’d like to see change – and stay the same – in their city over the next few years.  

The 6 p.m. meeting at the Senoia Senior Center is expected to last approximately two hours, and pizza will be served. The senior center is at 310 Howard Road.

The Senoia Downtown Development Authority holds the town hall meetings every two years. This year’s meeting will be facilitated by Candace Boothby, president of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce.

The town hall meeting was announced at this week’s Senoia City Council meeting.

In other meeting business:

• Parking spaces will be marked on Seavy Street, from Main Street to Clark Street. The existing bike lane striping will be removed, and striping will be added for approximately 136 parallel parking spaces. The spaces will be 8 foot by 22 foot.

• The council adopted the “rollback” millage rate for property taxes. The millage rate is 5.78 mills, down from the 5.88 mills levied in 2014-2016.

Property values are rising, and the rollback millage rate is one that will collect the same amount of revenue as the previous year’s rate would, if property values hadn’t risen. A “mill” is $1 of tax on every $1,000 of assessed value. In Georgia, real estate is assessed at 40 percent of the fair market value.

• The council denied a variance request from Vernon Boswell for property at 291 Morgan St., and directed Boswell to file to have his property rezoned from R-40 residential to the HT: Historic Town zoning district.

Boswell built a home on the property that does not comply with the setback requirements of the R-40 district. It’s 27 feet from the front property line instead of the required 40 feet. The home’s front setback does, however, align with the neighboring, older homes.

Councilman Jeff Fisher said he didn’t want to set a precedent by approving the variance, but “no one wants to tell the man to tear his house down.”

There was no clear hardship that led to the home being built too close to the road, and approving the variance provides no benefit to the public, he said.

“I’m not saying I didn’t screw up. But I didn’t do it intentionally,” Boswell said.

Fisher said if it were granted he’d be worried about “every Tom, Dick and Harry builder that comes in and says ‘I made a mistake.’”

• The council voted to grant a request to rezone 93 Bridge St. to Office/Institutional.

• A portion of Seavy Street will be closed Aug. 22 and 23. The council voted to approve the overnight closure, which will begin at 8 a.m. on Aug. 22, according to the special events permit application. The closure will be for filming of “The Walking Dead.” Though the road will remain closed overnight, filming will be only during the day, said Police Chief Jason Edens.

• The Cruisin’ to the Oldies Car Show will be Sept. 30.