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Ludowici likely to join county in zoning
MR Ludowici City Council
Long Commissioner Mike McGowan discusses zoning with the Ludowici City Council in its remodeled meeting room in city hall. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
As the Ludowici City Council sat in their new meeting room at City Hall during the Tuesday meeting, members heard Long County Commissioner Mike McGowan ask them to consider joining the county in establishing a zoning ordinance.
“If you join with us, ultimately we will have something to protect the city and the county with all of this development coming into our area,” McGowan said.
According to the commissioner, the plan is currently being put together with the county and the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center. The plan recognizes all current land usages.
McGowan also said that if the city decided to join the county, that it would be The Long/Ludowici Land Development Code, and that both the county and the city would establish a zoning board.
He also added, “The zoning board would make recommendations to both the county and the city, but each of them would still have the final say as to what comes into their areas.”
McGowan also said if the council decides to join in the endeavor, the city would also have representation on the committee developing the ordinance now.
The majority of the council, voiced apparent approval of the idea, so McGowan left a copy of the most recent draft of the ordinance with members. He also said he would have an update put together that shows the city on the proposed map. Once it was complete, he said he would get present it for council members review and final decision.
In other business, the council, with the recommendation of Chief of Police Frank McClelland Sr., voted to prohibit parking on a portion of Main Street.
“Right now it’s becoming a safety problem with people parking,” the chief said. “It is too narrow with cars on the road.”
The portion of the road is from the Atlantic Coast Line Rail Road tracks to Highway 84.
City Clerk of Court Cindy McClelland also made the recommendation that the city attach a $10 technology fee to all traffic fines to raise money to buy items such as computers, for both the police department and city court.
City Attorney Richard Phillips said he would review the legality of the idea, and get back with the city with a recommendation.
The city also heard a presentation by Betty Baker, an instructor at Altamaha Technical College. She talked about the benefits the city was receiving from having a branch of the college and of the needs for non-traditional methods of education.
Baker also said the school was requesting help in recommending members for an advisory council, assisting establishing garbage pickup at the current facility and locating another building for classes, which could be used by the school for no fee.  
“We need a building which we could use, that would not require a payment,” Baker said.
Mayor Myrtice Warren said, “I’m sure we can do something to help. And with the county, we’ll do all we can to find a way to help.” 
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