2018-07-04 / Front Page

City acquires property for Gateway project

The Blakely City Council attended to several important agenda items during a June 19 special called meeting.

City attorney Tommy Coleman reported he had successfully negotiated with the Weaver family for the purchase of 18.9 acres owned by the Hamp Clark estate for the Gateway project.

The council approved a resolution authorizing execution of the purchase of the property.

In a Nov. 22, 2017, article in the News, estate attorney J. William Bass Jr., of Thomasville stated, “The estate and the City are still waiting on a DOT appraisal of the site. Then there will presumably be a negotiation regarding the value of the property, and then finally a condemnation action in Early County Superior Court if all else fails.”

The eventual DOT appraisal was $90,000. The estate’s appraisal was $115,000. Avoiding a lengthy Superior Court condemnation action, the two parties reached a price of $95,000.

The $1.25 million project located at the east intersection of Hwy 62 and the U.S. 27 Bypass received final approval from the Georgia Department of Transportation in November.

Funding for the project includes $1 million in federal Transportation Enhancement funds.

City Marshal ordinance

The council adopted an ordinance providing for assistant city marshals. Coleman stated the ordinance was needed to provide explicitly for additional marshals to be hired.

Later in the meeting, Mayor Anthony Howard swore in Marshal Jim Copp and assistant marshals Travis Jordan and Nathan Wimberly.

Sunday alcohol sales

Following a second reading, the council adopted an ordinance allowing for Sunday sales of alcohol as approved by city voters in the May 22 special elections.

Municipal Court

The mayor and council discussed a procedure to “bring City Court back to the city.”

Craig Hughes provided an update on construction of the municipal building on Magnolia Street, noting the rain had slowed progress, but that pouring concrete for the building’s slab should begin the week after July 4th.

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