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Dalton Pike to Be Dedicated to Long Standing Commissioner
by Ashley Murphy

Monday, February 22, 2010

Commissioner Ben Atchley opened Monday night's meeting with some disappointing news. Atchley, who would be entering his third term as District 1 Commissioner, has withdrawn his candidacy.

Atchley stated that this position requires 100% of dedication to properly serve those in the 1st District and that his "heart" is just not in it to run for a third term. Several of the other commissioners thanked him for his service and the time that was served together.

Commissioner Lisa Stanbery commented on the recently held Senior Citizens Fair, in which she stated a large number of seniors turned out for the event. Stanbery continued to thank the Sheriff's Department, the Fire Department and the Trustee's Office for their representation at the information fair.

A rezoning request with a lot of controversy behind it was made for the 6th District. The property owner wishes to sell the property, but the only way to do that is to have the property zoned C3, not its current FAR. The Board of Zoning Appeals originally approved the rezoning, but later rescinded their recommendation, due to lack of an application from the owner and the possibility of spot zoning. The vote will be taken at next week's meeting.

Commissioner Michael Plumley requested Legislative Assistant Amy Moore to research the procedures for naming a highway. Widening of Dalton Pike has begun and Plumley wishes to dedicate Dalton Pike, from Treasury Drive to the Georgia state line, to Commissioner Roy E. Smith, who served as 6th District Commissioner for 27 years.

The Bradley County Commission will meet again on Monday, March 1, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Courthouse.