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By Bryan GeterlSta# a Str[' ' ( g ) : ' , tthoer and Jimmy Jackson, and Lee. ,Clan Geter 'ea}iate Editor !l .eteran Councilman Ezra hiore and newcomers Jean [ker and Jimmy Jackson heir oath of office 1hesday %R% during the regular coun- mdeeting in ttogansvillel , ity Attorn,v [)a Le, icd Milereraony which allowed ew members to join Larry Jough, Peggy Harris and Alr Wilson St. Clair as they fie[are to lead the City of moansville into the new mil- um. l he agenda for the first jAing of the year was a light sebd atu, !'"- The. .second. reading for the |panonal tax was read and )ted by a unanimous vote. ..dity Manager David ' ich said the vote will return :ecupational tax to its orig- r,.orm before being revised -.':uears ago. Mil(we aren't trying to recov- kN,nds lost from last year's t, Aldrich said, "and we , oti't trying to institute an Fruase in taxes." iHE COUNCIL AGREED to ARass electric utility rates at Dnuary 18th meeting }'he city had to absorb some rAl|e rate hikes passed on to e d Shy its supplier during the ruicer, and would like to ew Year Begins for ogansville Council increase the rates to reflect the change. Aldrich said the city absorbed a two percent increase by Municipal Eleic Association of Georgia (MEAG) during the summer. t le stated a 5.X' ,- increase being a0,teA now is too much for the city to absorb. "There is no way we can absorb this increase," Aldrich said. THE COUNCIL ENTERED into executive session to dis- cuss possible legal litigation. After re-entering the meeting, Lee stated the council had dis- cussed filing an answer to a law- suit filed by Mack Reynolds charging zoning violations over the construction of Flying J. ALDRICH REPORTED the city came through Y2K with fly- ing colors. NEW COUNCiLMEMBER Jackson said he was told by,cit- izens while campaigning for office, they were concerned with the high utility rates and would like for police to be more visible in the community. He also said the council nee dsto hold a budget work ses- sion to get a clear picture of where Hogansville stands financially. He stated the ditches on the West side of town need to be cleared of debris. "This would keep the road from flooding when it rains," ,lackson said. lle said bushes were being cut, but the ditch need clean- ing. COUNCILMEMBER CROCKER said the city should address the vacant and aban- doned homes inside the city, noting they were eye-sores. Aldrich assured Crocker the city was taking action on these homes. He stated the city was in the process of filing con- demnation on 10 to 12 homes. COUNCILMEMBER WHITMORE asked if the sign ordinance could be placed on the agenda for the next council meeting. He stated the ordinance called for signs to be no taller than 30 feet and he felt that made some signs ineffective. The council agreed to dis- cuss the matter at the next meeting. The council voted to hold the next council meeting on qhesday, January 18. The meet- ing was scheduled for Monday, January 17, which is a holiday, the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. " Man Injured Assault by Juvenile Hogansville man was along a street in lSville early Saturday when he was struck behind and injured, rding to Officer Alan D of the Hogansville epartment. Hopson of Was assaulted as the 100 block ;oozer Street around 2:45 He was assaulted from and received injuries to and back. juvenile has been identi- offender in the inci- dent, according to Hogansville Police Department reports. Hopson was transported to the West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange. He was treated for lacerations to the head and dismissed, according to Hogansville Assistant Police Chief Mike Craig. Craig said aggravated assault charges Will be filed in the case. THE POLICE also reported an accident involving two vehi- cles at the intersection of Frederick Avenue and c X" 7. ;" -" - I CAVS Face PATS ! Dickerson Street, which occurred Sunday afternoon. According to reports, there were no injuries in the accident which happened at 2:59 p.m. Jody Lynn Volk, 33, of Dewy Rose, Ga. was traveling on Frederick Avenue in a 1997 Ford F-250. Patricia Ann Harden, 33, of Hogansville was behind her in a 1995 Chevrolet. According to reports, Volk stopped on Frederick and then began backing up, not realizing a vehicle was behind her. Her vehicle rammed Harden's car doing moderate damage to the front end and only slight damage to the rear of Volk's truck. Deantre Harden and Keondre Harden, both seven years old, passengers in the Harden vehicle were not injuried in the mishap. No citations were issued. Officer Guy Spradlin of the Hogansville Police Department investigated the accident. --Bryan Geter Flying J Delays Groundbreaking Iy Bryan'Geter Associate Editor Groundbreaking of the Flying J Travel Plaza original- ly planned for December, 1999, has been delayed until March, 2000, according to Kevin Gardner, Project Manager for Flying J Inc. Gardner said the delay is attributed to at least two prob- lems that have arose in recent months. A lawsuit filed by Hogansville Attorney Mack Reynolds helped delay the groundbreaking. The lawsuit charges Hogansville's commercial zon- ing ordinance does not provide for the construction of a truck stop in the city. The city claims there is nothing in its rezoning ordi- nance that would affect con- struction or land disturbance permits. The city pointed out in an answer to the lawsuit on December 29, 1999, that some of the property in question is ah'eady was zoned commercial. Reynolds said the zoning ordinances are to be strictly construed and the Hogansville zoning ordinance allows at the most "filling stations." City Allorney Dan Lee said he saw no legal basis for deny- ing the rezoning. He also said if the request was denied, the city would have a hard time defending its decision in court. In answering the lawsuit brought by Reynolds, Lee stat- ed the city had not approve the building plans for the truck stop "The site plan that has been delivered to the city as part of the zoning application, is not binding nor an approved con- struction site plan," Lee said. Reynolds also claims the city did not properly post signs on the site to advertise the rezoning application by Flying J. "I respect Mack's con- cerns," Gardner said. "I think we can work everything out. I u,ii i u .,r i - - "Flying J remains optimistic the truck plaza will be open for business by the end of the year." Kevin Gardner Project Manager don't think the lawsuit will go to court. Our position is extremely strong," he said. Gardner said he was not try- ing to resolve the lawsuit, and stated Flying J has hired Atlanta attorneys to defend them in the matter. The other problem which has caused the groundbreaking delay is a small stream which runs through the property. Gardner said Flying J was aware of the stream from the beginning, adding engineers have been trying to determine how to deal with the steam. Engineers are also working on plans that would allow the installation of water and sewer lines under a nearby interstate, according to Gardnen The City of Hogansville will have to approve all the plans once the engineers complete them. Gardner remains optimistic the truck plaza will be open for business by the end of the year. Domestic Dispute Ends In Arrest of Hogansville Man The Troup County Sheriff's Department arrested a Hogansville man Monday morning and charged him with criminal trespass and making terroristic threats. The arrest was made after an incident which occurred last Thursday at 8A Sunset Apartments in Hogansville. Quenda Claynard Jackson, 22, of 20B St. Marks Road, Hogansville entered the sher- iff's department Monday around 10 a.m. and turned him- self in after being notified war- rants had been issued for his arrest, according to a spokesman for the department. Pi'iscilla Powell of 8A Sunset Homes in Hogansville, report- ed her former boyfriend, Jackson, came to her home unin- vited and in an intoxicated con- dition causing a disturbance. She said Jackson became violent after she asked him to leave. "He began breaking win- dows with his fist," she said. After breaking seven win- dows and damaging several screens, Jackson then threat- ened to kill Powell, according to the report. After that, Jackson left the residence. Witnesses, Tywan Rhodes, Christopher Powell and Trevette Woodard, were inter- viewed by police. They told police, Jackson returned with a shotgun and waited outside Powell's apartment for her to leave. Hogansville police were called to the scene, but Jackson had fled to another apartment before they arrived. Warrants were obtained for Jackson's arrest by Agent Rick White of the Troup County Sheriff's Departments on Friday, January 7. Property Owners Sued by Audubon Park Developer Stephen R. Selinger has filed lawsuits against two property owners for breech of contract. Selinger is the developer of the Audubon Park. A com- munity development con- sisting of 1,321 acres which will include 1,500 single- family dwellings, 480 condo- miniums and will have two 18-hole golf courses. Selinger is asking for $9 million against John Hardy Jones of Hogansville and $800,000 against Dorothy Weaver of Coral Gables, Florida. The lawsuits charges both Jones and Weaver broke on agreements to sell property for the proposed development. The suit claims, Weaver had agreed to sell 581 acres to Selinger. The amount to be sold by Jones was not list- ed in the documentation. The Hogansville City Council tabled a decision for rezoning the property at a December meeting. The council felt more informa- tion was needed before a decision could be reached on the zoning issue. Documentation presented to the city also lacked needed signatures of property own- ers of the development and adjacent property owners. -- Bryan Geter By Frances RobinsonlStaff OPEN HOUSE AT HOGANSVILLE ELEMENTARY - Hogansville Elementary School held "Open House" Thursday evening. Hillary Caswell and her mother J.enetha Caswell and Whitney are all smiles as they 10ok over Hillary's classroom. For more informa- tion, see Page 10.