Archive for the ‘Georgia Counties’ Category

Dunwoody Sues DeKalb County

Dunwoody filed a lawsuit this week against DeKalb County alleging that the county owes it more than $7 million for Brook Run park.  The City sued for the balance of the $11.5 million  county voters approved for the park in a 2005 bond referendum.

Gwinnett County Rejects Tucker Crematory

Facing 300 residents waving “NO” signs, the Gwinnett County Commission voted 3-0 to reject a special use permit that would allow Bill Head Funeral Home on Lawrenceville Highway to construct a 436-square-foot incinerator and crematory.  The Commission vote follows the Planning Commission denial recommendation.

The AJC reports that the meeting drew the attention of State Senator Steven Henson who hinted at state involvement on the impacts of a crematory on surrounding communities.

After Tuesday’s hearing, state Sen. Steve Henson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he believes the General Assembly needs to re-examine data over crematories.

“I do think there’s every cause for concern,” he said.

Gwinnett County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly Voluntarily Suspends Himself

Without officially resigning, embattled Gwinnett County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly voluntarily suspended himself until the charges have been resolved or until Kenerly’s term ends at the end of December.   Kenerly is under indictment for allegedly accepting $1 million in bribes related to County land purchases and failing to disclose a relationship with a private developer seeking rezoning from the County.

Kenerly was facing increasing criticism from voters.

“That’s what he needed to do,” said Steve Ramey of the Founding Fathers Tea Party Patriots. “He should have done it a long time ago.”

James Bell,  co-founder of the Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, said Kenerly’s presence on the commission was a distraction.

“I can’t say I’m happy, but I’m pleased,” he said. “Kenerly did the right thing in stepping down.”

Fellow alliance member Ron Williams agreed.

“I think it was a little late,” he said, “but it was the right thing to do.”

 

Gwinnett County Planning Commission Recommend Denial of Tucker Crematory

By a 4-3 vote the Gwinnett County Planning Commission recommended denial of a special use permit for Bill Head Funeral Home that would allow it to construct the 436-square-foot crematory incinerator at its Tucker location on Lawrenceville Highway.

The proposal has met almost unanimous opposition from the surrounding neighborhoods because the crematory would be about 100 feet from several residences and within a half-mile of 17 residential subdivisions.

The Planning Commission vote is non-binding.  The application now proceeds to the Gwinnett County Commission, which could vote on it as early as November 16.

Georgia Supreme Court Revives Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation Lawsuit

The Georgia Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s dismissal of the Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation‘s legal challenge to tax breaks granted by the County to six large developments in Buckhead and Midtown that include The St. Regis Buckhead, The InterContinental Buckhead and The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Midtown.

The Fulton County Board of Assessors assigned to these development projects a “50 percent valuation formula” to determine the fair market value of the property.  Under the formula, the board agrees to initially value the estate at 50 percent of its overall fair market value and then increase the value by 5 percent a year over the value of the lease.

The lawsuit alleges that this valuation formula is unconstitutional and illegal because it allows the developers to pay less than their fair share of property taxes because the estates were initially appraised at less than fair market value.

The trial court had dismissed the lawsuit without hearing any evidence.  The case now proceeds to trial.

You can find a copy of the Court’s decision here.

Sandy Springs To Sue Fulton County Over Cemetery Flooding

The Sandy Springs City Council unanimously approved filing a lawsuit against Fulton County for its alleged failure to maintain two detention ponds at Arlington Memorial Park on Mount Vernon Highway.  The City blames the detention ponds for problems with Colewood Creek and flooding of residential properties in Colewood Court.

UPDATED: Gwinnett County Commissioner Indicted In Land Deal

AJC reports the Grand Jury indicted Gwinnett County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly for one count of bribery and two counts of failing to disclose a financial interest in connection with properties the county bought.

The Grand Jury considered, but did not indict former Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charles Bannister who recently resigned amidst the controversy.

AJC obtained the Bill of Indictment.