The bulk of the two-and-a-half-hour Bryan County commission meeting Tuesday night in Black Creek dealt with the commissioner-initiated rezoning of five parcels in north Bryan County in the Eldora Road vicinity.
The commission considered, and ultimately approved with conditions, the rezoning of five parcels from A-5 to I-1, general commercial. The rezonings include acreage at Highway 80 Warnell Farms Road, known as the Blitchton Timberland tract; property at Highway 80 and I-16, known as the Herbert Warnell Tract; property at Highway 80 at Olive Branch Road, known as the Warnell Farm Tract; property off Eldora Road, known as the Conley tract and property off Eldora Road, known as the Davis tract. The rezoning of the properties were commissioner initiated because of a timeline proposed by the developer’s engineer, Ralph Forbes, of Thomas & Hutton engineering. Forbes said that the developer’s timeline could not be meet under normal rezoning procedures.
The rezonings to industrial came after several area residents complained about the possible increased flooding, light and noise pollution and what one area resident called the “vagueness” of the plan along with a lack of details about potential uses.
Commission chairman Carter Infinger said they county would ensure that all county ordinances are adhered to in the development of these sites; including drainage, flooding, etc.
In additional county business, Commissioner Dallas Daniel was sworn in as the newest commissioner, taking the place of Steve Myers; Infinger was sworn in for another term as commission chairman and county clerk Donna Waters, was presented a plaque for her 42 years of service to the county. Waters is retiring January 31.
The commission also
• Appointed Commissioner Gene Wallace as commission vice chairman.
• Reappointed Leamon Holliday as the county attorney.
• Reappointed Carter Infinger to the JDA Board.
• Amended the sheriff ’s department 2021 budget to allow for the purchase of four additional vehicles to be used for traffic control.
• Approved a water and sewer agreement with the city of Savannah.
• Approved the revised county zoning map.
• Approved the county engineering design manual.
• Held a first reading of an amendment to the Development Impact Fee ordinance.