The Cedartown City Commission Monday denied a conditional use request, preventing the creation of a new scrap and salvage yard off Adamson Road.
The request was brought by Ricky and Lynn Adams for property they own at 616 Adamson Road. Although the property is zoned for heavy industrial use, commissioners said the proposed salvage operation did not meet the community’s zoning ordinance.
“We spent months and months and months on our zoning,” Commissioner Scotty Tillery said. “I make the motion that we deny the request.”
Commissioners voted unanimously, 4-0, to deny the conditional use request.
There was limited discussion at the time of the vote. However, several questions were posed and information was presented prior to the commission’s 7 p.m. meeting, during a public hearing held before the regular session.
Adams presented a plan from Southern Engineering and Survey, of Rome.
Engineer Pat O’Neal joined him at the podium and handed out diagrams of the site plan, which he said would include an 8-foot-tall fence around much of the property. O’Neal said in addition, trees and the slope of the ground hid the storage area from view.
Adams told commissioners that he primarly worked with scrap metal from plants and industries. Asked by Commissioner Dale Tuck if the salvage yard would also have vehicles, Adams responded that he wasn’t sure.
“I’m not crazy about having to deal with cars,” Adams said. “But I can’t rule out anything.”
However, Adams added that he intended to “get it turned over as fast as we can” and did not intend to hold large amounts of scrap metal on the storage area.
Regardless, when the matter came up for a vote Adams found no support on the commission for the idea.
After the vote, Adams said he hoped to pursue the matter further. He was informed that his only recourse would be legal action.
In other business Monday, the commission:
-- Granted, in a 4-0 vote, a conditional use request from Faith Baptist Church. The church plans to build a separate structure to house activities and classes on its property at 712 Smith Ave.
The conditional use request was needed since the property is zoned R-3 residential.
-- Approved an amended Special Events and Alcohol Beverage Caterer ordinance. As amended, the ordinance will allow beer and wine to be served at certain outdoors events that have city approval, such as a music concert.
-- Approved an ordinance to regulate “excessive” numbers of vehicles parked outside of residences. The ordinance was spurred by citizen complaints about homes with 10 to 12 vehicles parked outside.
The ordinance will allow one vehicle per resident of the home, plus one more. The ordinance further sets a 14-day time limit during which additional vehicles may be parked at the home.
In addition to addressing concerns about parking, commissioners said the ordinance will help the city meet increasingly strict water quality standards set by the federal and state governments. Commissioners said runoff from yards into storm sewers is made worse due to erosion from vehicles parking in yards and creating ruts.
-- Approved an ordinance to establish a new enterprise zone, which will provide for access to grants and tax incentives. The new zone is the Philpot Historic District Enterprise Zone. The ordinance passed 3-0, with an abstention by Tillery.
-- Although he does not own property within the district, Tillery said he does own property a few streets over from the district and wanted to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
-- Approved a beer and wine package license application for Akber Pirani, for Plaza Food Mart, 1598 Rome Hwy. The vote was 3-1, with Commissioner Gary Martin voting against.
-- Approved a beer and wine package license application for Dana Bankston and Maria Mendiola Olvera, for the Flowers Mini Market, 511 West Ave. The vote was 4-0 in favor.
-- Approved a massage practitioners license application for Tabatha Jackson, for the Julia Dobbs Salon and Spa, 128 S. Philpot St. That vote was also 4-0 in favor.