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Planner gives advice on removing trees
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“Before you cut, call,” is the advice Sonny Timmerman, director of the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission, gives to anyone thinking about removing trees.
He made the comment during  Midway’s city council meeting when council members asked him about individual property owners’ right to cut their own trees, developers removing trees and similar questions.
Timmerman said there were cases in which land-disturbing permits and/or erosion control plans were not required, but the safest course is to check with the LCPC before proceeding with any land-altering activities.
He pointed out that the LCPC had issued one stop-work order for a car wash site from which trees had been removed before the erosion control plan had been approved.  Timmerman told the council that his agency had one inspector in the field now and would soon have another. He said an LCPC engineer would be aboard soon also.
Developer Wilson Pickett appeared before the council flanked by attorney Christy Balbo and engineer Trent Long to discuss the rezoning required for his plan to construct 102 townhomes along Cherry Lane, adjacent to the Gwinnett Place subdivision. The rezoning — to R-3, multi-family residential — was approved unanimously, with the understanding that a traffic impact study would be presented with the preliminary plat.
The rezoning had been denied in June, but the following month the council reversed that decision because of a procedural error.
In other business:
• John R. Harvey was appointed Midway’s municipal judge.
Harvey is a partner in the Richmond Hill law firm of Murray, Harvey, Balbo and Nelson.
Born in Savannah, Harvey is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Cumberland School of Law. While in law school, Harvey served as a clerk to the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and was a member of the Trial Advocacy Board.
He has served as an assistant district attorney and has worked in civil and criminal courts throughout  Georgia.
Harvey’s practice areas include: criminal and civil trials, family law, real estate litigation, business law and personal injury litigation.
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