Warner Robins officials hear from annoyed neighbors

mstucka@macon.comApril 7, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- The city’s government spent most of Monday evening’s meetings dealing with that most critical element of constituent services: annoyed residents.

Three different sets of neighbors -- aggrieved by crime, a road closure and heavy dump-truck traffic -- pleaded their cases before the mayor and City Council.

Police Chief Brett Evans indicated he already is working with the residents of Honey Ridge Plantation, who said they’re sick of crime seemingly taking over the neighborhood. Evans said he’ll pursue “disorderly house” complaints against residents who have already drawn more than 1,000 hours of police time. Resident Randall Fitzgerald said the neighborhood had experienced 45 incidents on just two streets since September, with crime centered on one house. Fitzgerald said that house has been connected to gunfire, burglaries and other crimes.

Council members Monday said less about Fitzgerald’s other ideas, such as a request for a fund that would subsidize the cost of video cameras.

Separately, Mayor Randy Toms said he is hopeful he will be able to soon announce a solution for Snellgrove Drive, which Little League baseball officials closed. Toms told The Telegraph he thinks the city deeded the road, making it private.

“We’re working on it,” Toms said.

John W. Herbert, a nearby resident, said the road closure adds 30 miles a week to his efforts to take children to nearby Perdue Elementary School from his home off Hunt Road. Toms didn’t say much in public, but he did say he made progress on the situation Monday.

“I think we’re going to resolve this situation in the next few days,” he said.

Also Monday, council members heard the plight of Raina Bagg of Adirondac Way, whose street was plagued with dozens of dump trucks each day coming through her subdivision to pick up loads of dirt behind her neighborhood. She said that dirt pit had not been legally permitted, but its operators are getting the necessary state permits and could resume the truck traffic soon.

Most of the neighborhood’s residents have signed a petition requesting that the street be prohibited to trucks driving through.

“Business is important, but we feel that in a residential area, the residents’ quality of life should always take precedence,” she said.

Council members took no action this week, but Toms said city officials are looking further into the complaints.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.

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