By Stephanie Johns
Members of the Madison City Council approved a conditional use zoning request to allow Georgia Military College (GMC) to move into the old Citizen building located at 235 S. Main St.
Councilman Joe DiLetto recused himself, noting that his wife works for the Conrads, who now own the Citizen building and are leasing it to GMC.
City Planner Bryce Jaeck said the Morgan County Planning Commission didn’t seem to have any concerns about this application.
He explained that the planning commission sent it to the city council without a recommendation for two reasons: to make it timely for the applicant and because the city’s ordinance prevents alcohol sales going in within 300 feet of a school.
He added that the morning following the planning meeting he learned that the convenience store across the street from the Citizen building received its alcohol license already so that will not be an issue.
Applicant Mike Conrads shared that GMC will be able to expand from its current maximum of 95 students in Madison to about 165 or so with this location.
He added that they have parking for students straightened out as well.
“I’d love to have them,” he said. “They do a wonderful thing for the community.”
Other than the applicant, no one else from the public spoke either for or against this request.
In other news, the council unanimously voted to write-off unclaimed checks totaling $2,092.19. Finance Officer Karen Guinn said that the checks, most of which are deposit refunds for utility accounts, are older than six months. She added that the checks could be reissued if these people come forward.
The council tabled two items until its August meeting: tourism in residential zones and a rezoning request for 1551 Fairgrounds Road.
A court date regarding the city and Morgan County’s negotiations for Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funds has been rescheduled for Sept. 17.
Planning Director Monica Callahan shared that Dairy Queen is coming: the restaurant will go in between Zaxby’s and the car lot.