Ox­ford seeks to fill va­cant plan­ning com­mis­sion seat

Prop­erty for road project ex­changed for sewer taps

The Covington News - - Local news - By Car­rie Huenke

Ox­ford mayor Jerry Rose­berry and the Ox­ford City Coun­cil are seek­ing to fill a va­cancy on the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s plan­ning com­mis­sion.

Plan­ning com­mis­sion mem­ber For­rest McCan­less, who has served on the board since 2006 and who was re­plac­ing Emma Lou Har­ris in her term, will re­sign from his po­si­tion ef­fec­tive Dec. 31. A new mem­ber will be ap­pointed at the Ox­ford City Coun­cil’s an­nual or­ga­ni­za­tional meet­ing, held 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 in the Ox­ford com­mu­nity room.

There are typ­i­cally six mem­bers on the plan­ning com­mis­sion. Ac­cord­ing to Ox­ford City Clerk Carol Poole, mem­bers nor­mally serve three-year terms. The com­mis­sion ad­dresses top­ics such as zon­ing set­backs and re­views de­vel­op­men­tal per­mit applications. The plan- ning com­mis­sion ad­vises the mayor and coun­cil on zon­ing is­sues and can also ap­prove build­ing per­mits, which then go be­fore the county for fi­nal ap­proval.

Plan­ning com­mis­sion mem­ber Vi­vian Har­ris, who com­pleted a term for Charles Green from 2006-2008, is ex­pected to re­main in her po­si­tion for an­other term. Ac­cord­ing to Poole, Har­ris will more than likely be reap­pointed at the Jan­uary coun­cil meet­ing.

Ox­ford com­mu­nity mem­bers in­ter­ested in the va­cant plan­ning com­mis­sion seat should con­tact Ox­ford City Hall for more in­for­ma­tion at (770) 786-7004.

In other Ox­ford news, res­i­dent Cur­tis Jack­son has agreed to give up a prop­erty lo­cated at the in­ter­sec­tion of Emory and Moore Streets. The 200 square feet of the north­east end of the prop­erty is nec­es­sary for a two-lane street widen­ing project, as per the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion. In ex­change for the land, the city of Ox­ford has agreed to pro­vide Jack­son with two sewer tap-ins for prop­er­ties he owns on Hay­good Av­enue. The cost of one sewer tap in Ox­ford is roughly $3,600. The Moore Street widen­ing project is set to be­gin in 2009.

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