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Warner Robins settles legal dispute with Byron

As Warner Robins Councilwoman Carolyn Robbins listens, Councilman Chuck Shaheen holds up a map that illustrates a legal dispute with the city of Byron that the council voted to settle Monday.
As Warner Robins Councilwoman Carolyn Robbins listens, Councilman Chuck Shaheen holds up a map that illustrates a legal dispute with the city of Byron that the council voted to settle Monday. wcrenshaw@macon.com

A long-running legal dispute between Warner Robins and the city of Byron is over.

Warner Robins City Council on Monday approved the settlement of a lawsuit that concerned which city would provide sewage service to an area along Interstate 75.

City Attorney Jim Elliott said the agreement mostly gives the city what it wanted all along. The end result is that the city will be able to provide the service and ultimately annex an area that may be ripe for growth.

The disputed tract is a narrow strip on the west side of Interstate 75, south of the Ga. 247 Connector, and bordered to the west by Housers Mill Road.

A new Zaxby’s is going in a small tract on the north end of the disputed strip. That tract is already in Warner Robins, but the remaining section is in neither city.

Elliott said several years ago Warner Robins filed suit against Byron, contending that it had violated an agreement on which city would provide services to the area. He said Warner Robins won a summary judgment last year but Byron appealed.

As a part of negotiations to settle the appeal, Warner Robins agreed to let Byron keep a small area on the north side of Ga. 247 that is occupied by a convenience store. Warner Robins gets the rest of the disputed tract.

The Zaxby’s restaurant is going on a spot that for many years was occupied by Cafe Erotica, a restaurant that featured nude dancing. Elliott and Mayor Randy Toms said they believe with the new Zaxby’s providing a better image, the area is poised for growth, which could be significant new revenue for the city in the future.

Wayne Crenshaw: 478-256-9725, @WayneCrenshaw1

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