Perry residents oppose rezoning; officer recognized for act of kindness

bpurser@macon.comJanuary 7, 2014 

Left to right Mayor Jimmy Faircloth, Perry police officer Daniel Manley and Police Chief Steve Lynn.

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PERRY -- Holly Hills subdivision residents expressed opposition at Tuesday’s City Council meeting to the proposed rezoning of nearly 30 acres at the corner of U.S. 41 South and Greenwood Drive from residential to commercial.

Some of the concerns expressed included fears of a possible decrease in property values, increased stormwater runoff and additional vehicle traffic through the subdivision.

“I’m just afraid I’ll have a mess,” said resident Gail Boehm.

The commercial designation sought is the least restrictive of the commercial zoning districts, with possible uses ranging from shopping centers to gas stations to tattoo parlors.

Another resident said she isn’t opposed to the property being developed commercially as long as the integrity of the family-friendly, quiet neighborhood is protected, she said.

Several Holly Hills residents attended the meeting, but only three addressed the council.

In an effort to address other concerns expressed, the property owners agreed to a 75-foot buffer between the development and the property, according to city documents.

Also, no driveway entry would be permitted from Greenwood Drive or Briarcliff Road, while seven vacant lots within the original proposal would remain residential.

The property is owned by Beckham Family LP.

The rezoning concerns were raised during the public hearing section of the council meeting. A vote is expected at the next council meeting in January.

Also during the public hearing, Hill Road resident Chenelle Colon asked for her 1-acre property to be deannexed. She said she doesn’t see any benefit of her property being in the city. She said she can receive fire and law enforcement protection from the county, but that hooking onto city sewer service is too expensive unless she’s in the city.

In other business, Perry police officer Daniel Manley was recognized for a random act of kindness when at 2 a.m. Nov. 29, he checked on a bedridden resident whose caretaker had not arrived on schedule the previous evening.

Manley learned that the resident hadn’t eaten for 18 hours, said Perry Police Chief Steve Lynn. Manley contacted the home healthcare agency. He then returned to the station and fixed a Thanksgiving plate from a dinner the on-duty officers had shared, Lynn said.

Manley immediately returned to feed the dinner to the resident, who could not feed himself after having been paralyzed in an accident, Lynn said.

Manley received high praise from both Lynn and Mayor Jimmy Faircloth for going beyond the call of duty and for his compassion.

Also Tuesday, council members chose Councilman Randall Walker to serve as the 2014 mayor pro-tempore.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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