MOULTRIE, Ga. – Moultrie City Council approved a major subdivision modification on Tuesday, May 17 for a gated community at the intersection of Mary’s Lane and Pearl Street.
“The intersection will become a private street and gated community at the intersection of Mary’s Lane and Pearl Street beginning at the intersection of Pearl Street and Baell Trace Court,” said Stephen Godley, Director of Planning and Community Development of the city, to the council during his presentation on Tuesday. night.
Any maintenance originally provided by the city would now be the responsibility of the private landowner in the Southern Belle subdivision. This includes, but is not limited to, maintenance of garbage, lights, and storm sewers.
“Each individual community would adopt a homeowners association. They will meet and discuss what they will and will not allow in the community,” Godley said in an interview Wednesday.
He explained that to allow for smooth traffic, the gates will open between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. The current gate construction plan will allow drivers to reroute onto public property without entering the gated community. He said they would extend the Baell Trace Court Road dead end into a cul-de-sac.
The developer intends to turn the empty land on Pearl Street into additional housing.
Other Board Actions
Council considered its first and second readings of two rezoning applications. If passed, 4.59 acres of land located in Lot 246 of the 8th Land District of Moultrie, Ga, and 4.78 acres of land in Lot 354 of the 8th Land District of Colquitt County, Ga, would change from an agricultural district to a commercial district.
Cole Posey, Councilman for District 2, Ext. 3, abstained from voting.
“It interests me,” Posey said in an interview after the board meeting.
Lisa Clarke Hill, Councilor for District 1, Post 1 was not present. The motion passed 4 to 0.
The board considered an offer for a $196,202 knuckle boom garbage collection vehicle from the National Auto Fleet Group in Watsonville, Calif., from the Solid Waste Fund.
“The truck would lift, load and unload heavy trash that can’t be picked up on a regular garbage truck,” City Manager Pete Dillard said.
During the business session, Dillard recommended that council consider purchasing a 75-foot ladder truck for the Moultrie Fire Department. The truck would cost the city $1.75 million if purchased before June 1. After the deadline, the truck will cost $40,000 more. The new truck would replace the fire department’s current 20-year-old ladder truck. No vote was taken during the ordinary session.
“This is an effort to ensure our city is protected,” Dillard said during the business session.
Also during the business session, Dillard informed the council of a $1 million grant to help improve the area around the downtown theater district. The city would have to match $100,000 to receive the grant. The deadline for the grant application is June 3.
Dillard shared with counsel that the Moultrie Police Department’s new co-respondent, a mental health professional from Georgia Pines, began work last Thursday. When the police department is sent on a mental health call, the co-responder joins in and helps defuse the mental issue. The co-responder will then refer the person in crisis to the most appropriate mental health care provider. The co-defendant handled an average of two to three calls per day, according to Deputy Chief Michael Cox.
“We want to add resources to the police, not fund them,” Dillard said.
A citizen complained about noise about partying in the southeast sector of Moultrie. The council advised that the citizen speak with the MPD representative, who was Cox. He explained the city’s noise ordinance Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to midnight.