Of­fi­cials ap­prove tree ser­vice op­er­a­tion

The Covington News - - Local News - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

The New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved for a tree ser­vice op­er­a­tion to start busi­ness at 126 Larue Road, a street lo­cated on Ga. High­way 162, at their meet­ing Tues­day night.

Com­mis­sion­ers voted 3 to 2 on a pro­posal that mod­i­fied the uses al­lowed on the site to in­clude a tree ser­vice busi­ness, mod­i­fied the site plan stan­dards and mod­i­fied the stan­dards to con­struct an en­trance that meet all com­mer­cial stan­dards.

Com­mis­sion­ers Mort Ewing, Nancy Schulz and Tim Flem­ing voted for ap­prov­ing the pro­posal and com­mis­sion­ers Lanier Sims and J.C. Hen­der­son voted not to ap­prove the pro­posal.

Vot­ing on the pro­posal was de­ferred from the Aug. 21 meet­ing be­cause com­mis­sion­ers had con­cerns with the com­mer­cial en­trance at Ga. High­way 162 meet­ing min­i­mum stan­dards with the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion.

Dur­ing that meet­ing, Com­mis­sioner Sims ad­dressed the hours of op­er­a­tion of the tree ser­vice, which were pro­posed of be­ing Mon­day through Satur­day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sims said the area around Larue Road had a lot of homes in the area and he was con­cerned with the grind­ing of the trees would take place dur­ing the evening hours of op­er­a­tion. He again raised those con­cerns Tues­day night, along with two other cit­i­zens who spoke to the board.

“I was un­der the im­pres­sion that we were lim­it­ing the time to 5 p.m. ver­sus 7 p.m. with it be­ing close to sub­di­vi­sions,” Sims said. “I thought it would be Mon­day through Satur­day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.”

Af­ter some dis­cus­sion, the tree ser­vice op­er­a­tion was ap­proved with the orig­i­nal hours of op­er­a­tion pro­posed from 7a.m. to 7 p.m.

In a let­ter to Scott Sirotkin, the di­rec­tor of the New­ton County Depart­ment of De­vel­op­ment Ser­vices, Bryan Perry, the ap­pli­cant for the prop­erty, said he pur­chased the prop­erty at Larue Road in or­der to re­lo­cate his tree ser­vice com­pany, Above All Tree Ser­vice, from his Cony­ers site.

Perry said dur­ing a phone in­ter­view on Thurs­day that his com­pany pro­vides ser­vices such as tree re­moval, stump grind­ing, chip­ping and prun­ing, but those ser­vices would not be done at the Larue Road lo­ca­tion.

“I don’t do any grind­ing on site. I do ev­ery­thing in peo­ple’s yards,” Perry said. “I cut all the logs up in cus­tomer’s yards and I chip all the limbs up in the cus­tomer’s yards. I won’t be do­ing any work at that site. It would just be park­ing trucks so the trucks can go out. It shouldn’t be noisy at all where all the ve­hi­cles are parked.”

Ac­cord­ing to the let­ter, Perry’s busi­ness would have a small amount of au­to­mo­bile park­ing in front of the build­ing, which would in­clude an of­fice, some stor­age space and a main­te­nance area. Perry said tree ser­vice ve­hi­cles, wood and any mulch would be stored be­hind the build­ing. He said the wood and mulch stored at the lo­ca­tion would be for dis­tri­bu­tion and re­sale.

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