Toccoa City Commission To Meet Today

The Toccoa City Commission will wrap up its calendar year today with its final regularly scheduled meeting for 2013.

Toccoa City Commissioners are scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. today at ToccoaCity Hall.

Today marks the final regularly scheduled meeting for outgoing City Commissioners Ron Seib and Andy Pavliscsak.

During today’s meeting, Judge Bob Struble is scheduled to swear in incoming city commissioners Jeanette Jamieson and Evan Hellenga.

Their four-year terms begin on January 1, 2014.

Prior to the oaths of office for the new commissioners, the current commission will have one item to deal with under “old business.”

City commissioners must hold a final reading on the proposed abandonment of Savannah Lane and part of an adjacent alley.

Last month, commissioners voted 2 to 1 in favor of a first reading of the proposed abandonment.

However, commissioners then voted unanimously to table the second reading at their next meeting

The Toccoa First United Methodist Church owns all of the property surrounding Savannah Lane and the part of the alley proposed to be abandoned and wants to have that available to them for further expansion.

However, some residents who live on nearby Walnut Street remain opposed to the abandonment because the alley and Savannah Lane provide them secondary access to their properties if Walnut Street is blocked for some reason.

In an effort to alleviate that concern, the church has offered an eight-foot easement, the same width as the alley, down the side of its property to allow for such emergency access, but opponents of the abandonment say they do not want that either.

When tabling the second reading, city commissioners encouraged the two sides to meet and try and work out their differences prior to a final vote.

Prior to today’s 5 p.m. meeting, city commissioners will hold a work session at 4 p.m.

During the work session, commissioners are scheduled to discuss a design team for the city pool.

Both today’s meeting and work session are open to the public.