So­cial Cir­cle fin­ishes an­nex­a­tion, re­ceives an­other pe­ti­tion

Coun­cil ap­proves $15,000 con­tract to re­pair East Hightower Bridge

The Covington News - - Local news - By Michelle Kim

So­cial Cir­cle moved one step closer to an­other an­nex­a­tion of more than 300 acres of New­ton County land Mon­day night.

The city coun­cil re­ceived a pe­ti­tion at a called meet­ing to an­nex a to­tal of 342.6 acres.

“We are merely re­ceiv­ing this pe­ti­tion,” said So­cial Cir­cle Mayor Jim Burgess, adding that it still needed to go through the zon­ing process and proper le­gal pro­ce­dures. “The zon­ing re­quested is AG2, which is the zon­ing that cur­rently ex­ists for that prop­erty in un­in­cor­po­rated New­ton County.”

The land, made up of four tracts rang­ing from 1.32 acres to 228.36 acres, lies at the north­east cor­ner of New­ton County, be­tween So­cial Cir­cle Road, the Lit­tle River, and next to or very near Wal­ton County-New­ton County bor­der. The seven sig­na­to­ries in­cluded Thomas Camp­bell III, Thomas Camp­bell IV, John (Brad) Bet­tis, Charles Bet­tis and Mary A. Burt as the pres­i­dent of the MAB Hold­ing Com­pany.

The value of the land, in­clud­ing an­other 16 acre tract that was not in­cluded in the pe­ti­tion, was as­sessed at nearly $2 mil­lion by the New­ton County Board of Tax As­ses­sors, ac­cord­ing to aNew­ton County records search in­cluded in the pe­ti­tion.

This pe­ti­tion comes on the heels of an­other pe­ti­tion by the H.A. Wal­ton, LLC and All Star Man­age­ment LLC to an­nex 223 acres. That re­quest was ap­proved at the Dec. 16 city coun­cil meet­ing.

When asked about the mo­ti­va­tion for an­nex­a­tion, Burgess pointed out an­nex­a­tion al­lowed the land to be in­cluded in longterm city de­vel­op­ment plan­ning and made the prop­erty more valu­able by mak­ing So­cial Cir­cle’s pub­lic safety, util­ity and mu­nic­i­pal re­sources avail­able to the prop­erty own­ers. In other city busi­ness: • The city coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved a $15,000 con­tract with the CSX Rail­road Com­pany to re­pair the East Hightower Bridge.

• The coun­cil also ap­proved bud­geted leases with the Ge­or­gia Mu­nic­i­palAs­so­ci­a­tion for amain­te­nance truck for $40,083 and three po­lice cars for $108,286

• The mayor sub­mit­ted a list of 16 pos­si­ble names for a steer­ing com­mit­tee to work with plan­ning firm Ur­ban Col­lage for a study on re­vi­tal­iz­ing So­cial Cir­cle’s down­town area. The steer­ing com­mit­tee would pro­vide ideas and act as a sound­ing board for Ur­ban Col­lage. Dis­cus­sion of the steer­ing com­mit­tee was con­tin­ued to a fu­ture date.

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