Emerson expands city limits with annexation
by Jessica Loeding
Dec 13, 2011 | 2517 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Almost 750 acres came into Emerson's city limits Monday night after the council approved an annexation and rezoning application from Paga Mine Properties.

The 747.24 acres will become part of the city under a mixed-use rezoning, which closely mirrors its previous zoning with Bartow County.

In similar action, the council voted to approved a rezoning request by Waterside at Red Top Homeowners Association Inc. of roughly 15 acres from R-1 residential to R-C residential conservation.

In other business, the council:

* Adopted the Georgia Municipal Employees Retirement Plan. The plan has not changed; the council must approve re-adopting the agreement on a set schedule.

* Held a first reading of the zoning ordinance. The changes were consolidating standalone ordinances and making minor text alterations.

* Approved a resolution making changes to the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax schedule. Two purchases' prices were increased and decreased by $10,000, respectively, with the changes canceling each other out.

* Voted to appoint Jim Ballew to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

* Heard an update on stormwater changes from Assistant to the City Manager Todd Heath.

In a final move, outgoing council member Gerald Earwood thanked the citizens and city staff for his eight years, urging them to finish the well as an alternate water source for Emerson. Earwood's seat will be filled by Charles Lowry in January.