Updates from Board of Commissioners
By Monroe Roark
The Henry County Board of Commissioners voted Nov. 15 to approve a $3,761,719.60 bid for a dirt road improvement project on Lester Mill Road under the county’s SPLOST program. A budget amendment of $1,684,304 in funding taken from cost savings in eight other SPLOST projects was also approved for utility relocation and construction.
In other business, the board overturned the Zoning Advisory Board’s previous denial of a variance request and will allow Eagle’s Landing Family Practice to erect additional signage for its facility at the Henry Physicians Center at 1240 Eagle’s Landing Parkway. The applicant and others testified that the office has been difficult to find and that the improved signage would help in that regard.
A request to modify zoning conditions for nearly five acres of property at 31 Oak Grove Road was granted to allow development of the property as a smoking lounge and restaurant. The site’s existing C-2 zoning limited it to landscape service, greenhouses/plant nurseries and daycare establishments with outdoor playground uses.
A zoning modification request regarding a 28-acre site on the north side of Jonesboro Road and west of Chambers Road was tabled. The applicant is seeking to develop a single-family residential subdivision on the property and the modification requests are relating to sidewalk and garage requirements.
The board voted to approve necessary relocation of some Henry County Water Authority facilities related to a roundabout project in development at Mt. Carmel Road and Chambers Road. Approved separately was a Central Georgia EMC utility relocation. The cost of $175,371.08 for both relocations is about 27.5 percent of the total project cost, according to officials. The road improvement is a SPLOST project.
The annual rabies report was presented by Vince Farah from Henry County Animal Care and Control. Farah stated that the number of animal bites reported in the county in 2016 is just over half what was reported in 2015.
The department has processed 79 animal bites this year, down from 150 last year. In 68 cases a 10-day quarantine was implemented.
Of the 23 animals submitted for testing, five came back positive this year in contrast to last year’s 12, Farah said. All five cases were in the eastern and southeastern sections of Henry County.
Farah pointed out that about 59,000 people around the world die every year from rabies.