Houston & Peach

WR council annexes land, condemns house

WARNER ROBINS — The number of acres annexed by the Warner Robins City Council during its regular meeting Monday night increased the number of acres annexed this year more than tenfold.

The city annexed 11 acres at 1124 South Houston Lake Road.

That brings the total for the year to 12 acres. For a city that annexed at least 50 acres each year since 1994 and annexed hundreds of acres most of those years, this is a slow year.

During the meeting, the City Council also conducted the first reading of an ordinance to de-annex nearly 46 acres of land.

Michael C. Brownlee, one of the property’s developers, said the land was annexed and rezoned in 2006 with the intent of creating residential development off Feagin Mill Road and Air Park Drive. However, plans changed.

“Nothing is going on in this economy to make us want to develop it,” Brownlee said.

Some city councilmen said they understood the developers’ stance.

“I don’t see it affecting anything,” Terry Horton said of the property being deannexed.

The City Council will vote on the matter at their May 18 meeting.

In addition, the City Council allocated $4,327 for the demolition of a property where a man was found to be holding more than 80 cats in his home in April 2008. At the time of the incident, the house was found to be filled with cat feces, unclean litter boxes and the smell of urine.

City Attorney Jim Elliott said the city got an order through Municipal Court to tear down the property through a nuisance abatement statute.

The statute states that if the cost to repair a home is more than half the home’s value, then the property can be torn down.

The cost to repair the home to a livable condition was $100,000 for the home with a value of at least $120,000.

However, Elliot said that the property is expected to be foreclosed on today. He said the city will give the new property owner 30 days to decide whether they would prefer to repair it.

To contact writer Natasha Smith, call 923-3109, extension 236.