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Council considers rezoning petition, hears senior citizen’s concerns
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From left: District 2 Councilman Jason Floyd, District 3 Councilwoman Vicky Nelson, Mayor Allen Brown, and Alex Ballard from the Arbor Day Foundation recognize Hinesville as a Tree City for the 30th year. - photo by Asha Gilbert

Rezoning petitions and the concerns of a frustrated senior citizen topped the March 7 city council meeting. The meeting opened with an Arbor Day Foundation award designating Hinesville as a Tree City for the 30th year.

During public comment, senior citizen Virginia Pattman told the council that she had lived in Hinesville for the last 36 years and was concerned for the safety of seniors. She passed out folders to all members of the council detailing an incident on Dec. 4, 2018.

Pattman described being in her home when an unknown person began shining a light through her window.

“When I saw him in the window, he began pulling at his shirt to show his name tag I believe, “Pattman said.

She went on to call the police and learned that the person shining the light in her home was a repossession man.  She said she was concerned for other senior citizens with medical conditions.

“What if I had a medical condition? “ Patton asked. “If I had a heart condition I could have had a heart attack.”

She said she wanted to inform the council of the incident and confirmed she had a meeting with Hinesville Police Chief Bill Kirkendall.

The council approved a rezoning petition requested by Keith Bacon to rezone 1 acre of land from R-A-1 (Multi-Family Dwelling District) to MH-2 (Single-Family Manufactured Home Dwelling District). The land is located at 940 Hollywood Drive.

The council also approved a rezoning petition requested by Trevor Sikes of RTS Homes to rezone 25.43 acres of land from L-I (Light Industrial District) to R-4 (Single, Two- Family Dwelling District). The land requested to rezone is to add to the Pineridge Subdivision.

In other city business, Keep Liberty Beautiful Executive Director Karen Bell requested 15 polycarts for the Earth Day Celebration on April 12 which was approved with no fees.  The council approved a second modification to the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority loan to update the promissory note for the loan increase.

The meeting ended with council going into executive session to discuss real estate matters, and concluded without their taking a vote.

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