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Midway meeting Oct. 21
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Opponents of a planned subdivision near Isle of Wight who wanted to express their opinions to the Midway City Council are having to wait another week. The regular council meeting set for Oct. 14 has been postponed until Oct. 21.

Midway issued a statement Thursday saying, “due to concurrence of certain unforeseen circumstances, the Midway City Council regular monthly meeting to be held on the 14th day of October, 2019 is postponed . . .” The observance of Columbus Day was Oct. 14, a holiday for many government workers.

Dryden Enterprises requested the rezoning and annexation of a 76-acre site along Isle of Wight Road for construction of 230 homes in a Planned Use Development. The tract proposed to be owned by Huey and Gail Jeffers and is currently zoned residential/agricultural by the county.

The property does not border the Isle of Wight itself but it is either adjacent to or near Isle of Wight Road, the only paved access road for Isle of Wight residents. Opponents say they are concerned about the effect of 230 new homes on traffic, particularly at the Isle of Wight Road end at its intersection with U.S. Highway 84. 

Maryann Smith, a longtime Isle of Wight resident said, “We know growth is inevitable but there are many Isle of Wight residents who are concerned about the impact this will have on traffic at the end of IOW road. That intersection is already quite congested during peak travel times.”

Other government services will be affected; Smith said, and offered as an example, “our solid waste/recycle facility that already operates at or above capacity.” 

The rescheduled Midway City Council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday; the council meets in the police department building at 10490 East Oglethorpe Highway.

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