Re­cre­ation op­por­tu­ni­ties, opi­oid class ac­tion law­suit dis­cussed at lat­est City Coun­cil meet­ing

Calhoun Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Ser­ritt Staff Writer

A mul­ti­tude of items, re­quests and pro­pos­als were dis­cussed and ap­proved by the Cal­houn City Coun­cil dur­ing a brief, reg­u­larly-sched­uled meet­ing on Mon­day, July 2.

In the pub­lic hear­ing and com­ments por­tion of the meet­ing, the Coun­cil ap­proved a mo­tion for a beer, wine and dis­tilled spir­its pour­ing li­cense for Placer­i­tos Bar and Grill, which is owned by Mar­garita Martinez and lo­cated in suites 2, 3 and 4 at 235 West Line St.

As the pro­ceed­ings shifted into the old busi­ness sec­tion of the agenda, the Coun­cil held sec­ond read­ings of a va­ri­ety of an­nex­a­tion and zon­ing, zon­ing change and vari­ance re­quests. The Zon­ing Ad­vi­sory Board meet­ing for each is sched­uled for Aug. 9, with the pub­lic hear­ings for each slated for Aug. 13.

Among the sec­ond read­ings dis­cussed was an an­nex­a­tion and zon­ing re­quest of C-2 for 7.26 acres at 1165 Red Bud Rd. by Hamil­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter, an an­nex­a­tion and zon­ing re­quest of C-2 at 1611 Dews Pond Rd. by Darin Hardin, an an­nex­a­tion and zon­ing re­quest of Ind-G for 4.89 acres at 113 Hen­der­son Bend Rd. by CGA Global Realty LLC., a zon­ing change re­quest for C-2 to R-2 for 8.8 acres on the cor­ner of Dews Pond and Lovers Lane by Har­mony Rd. De­vel­op­ment, LLC. and a vari­ance re­quest to re­duce the buf­fer re­quire­ment on a C-2 prop­erty bor­der­ing a res­i­den­tial prop­erty by Har­mony Rd. De­vel­op­ment, LLC.

The Coun­cil also helped green light two com­mu­nity events by PRATER FORD ap­prov­ing a spe­cial event per­mit and road clo­sure re­quest by the United Way of Gor­don County for Unity Run XXV, which will be held on Tues­day, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m., and ap­prov­ing a street closings re­quest from the Down­town De­vel­op­ment Author­ity for the An­nual Har­vest Fest, which will take place on Satur­day, Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the Coun­cil agreed to move for­ward with a pro­posed par­tic­i­pa­tion for the City to join an opi­oid class ac­tion law­suit against drug man­u­fac­tur­ers, in con­junc­tion with var­i­ous other nearby cities, to help com­bat the on­go­ing opi­oid cri­sis that plagues a large num­ber of com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try and re­coup costs from the epi­demic. The same team that worked on the re­cent HMT in­ter­net fees case will han­dle this one as well.

The group also ap­proved a pro­posed draft of an in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment be­tween the De­vel­op­men­tal Author­ity and City for a trans­fer of $100,000 to con­trib­ute to the con­struc­tion costs of a 20-acre walk­ing trail/ open- air re­cre­ation fa­cil­ity near the re­cently con­structed McDaniel Sta­tion Rd. recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties.

As the ses­sion drew to a close, City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Ed­die Peter­son and Util­i­ties Ad­min­is­tra­tion Larry Vickery each de­liv­ered their re­spec­tive work re­ports, with Peter­son in­form­ing the Coun­cil that the City is in a “very good po­si­tion,” ac­cord­ing to the cash re­port.

The next meet­ing of the Cal­houn City Coun­cil is sched­uled for Mon­day, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.

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