Houston commissioners oppose road closing

wcrenshaw@macon.comApril 15, 2014 

Snellgrove Drive was blocked with a gate and warning signs April 12 at the Little League complex in Warner Robins. City and county officials have been trying to get the road reopened.

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WARNER ROBINS -- Houston County commissioners on Tuesday made clear they didn’t agree with a controversial road closing.

Wyman Herbert, who lives in a subdivision impacted by the closing of Snellgrove Drive, first took his complaint to the Warner Robins City Council last week but raised the issue again with commissioners.

Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker explained that in 2009 the county deeded the road and adjacent property to the Development Authority, which then deeded it to Little League International.

However, Stalnaker said the plat that’s referred to in the deed clearly states the road is never to be closed to the public.

He said County Attorney Mike Long has been discussing the issue with Little League International. He said he thought last week that Little League had agreed to reopen the road, but as of Tuesday it remained closed.

He said the county is continuing to engage Little League to try to get the road reopened. He said the county has had a good partnership with Little League.

“The partnership has hit a snag,” Stalnaker said. “I think the people on the Development Authority and the board of commissioners were really surprised and even shocked that the road was closed.”

He said he hopes the issue will be resolved without litigation. He also said he is unclear why Little League closed the road.

“At this point and time the evidence shows the public should be able to use that road,” Stalnaker said.

Each commissioner addressed the issue and all of them stated in strong terms that the road should not have been closed.

“It’s shocking,” said Commissioner Gail Robinson. “I don’t understand at all why they came up with the idea that it was OK to close the road.”

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