Powder Springs council debates home-based repair shop
by Noreen Cochran
January 04, 2013 12:00 AM | 3087 views | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brad Hulsey Powder Springs City Manager
Brad Hulsey Powder Springs City Manager
POWDER SPRINGS — The most controversial topic at the Powder Springs City Council’s regular meeting, set for Monday night, may be whether 74-year-old James Potier will be allowed to make garden equipment repairs at his house on Hopkins Road.

The council discussed Potier’s application for a special-use permit as part of a home-based business during its work session Wednesday night, City Manager Brad Hulsey said Thursday.

“It’s a unique situation when you want to repair lawn mowers in a residential situation,” Hulsey said. “We anticipate there will be some people in opposition because of the noise and traffic, with deliveries coming in. The mayor and council could place stipulations on it.”

Other action items will include awarding a bid for paving Sweetwater Avenue as part of a deal between the city and the Sweetwater Landing subdivision.

“The neighbors had an understanding it would be done. We are keeping our word that the streets will be paved in the inhabited area,” Hulsey said about an incomplete development. “The only street that the city has responsibility for in that subdivision is the main road going through there. The other roads have not been dedicated to the city.”

The $34,000 cost submitted by winning bidder Baldwin Paving of Marietta includes $20,000 from SPLOST 2011 with the balance coming from the subdivision’s escrow.

“It’s a small section,” Hulsey said about the area to be paved.

Action items also will include the first reading of changes to holiday pay and sick leave maximum accrual amount, qualifying fees for the November elections in which wards 1, 2 and 3 will be up for grabs, and permission for the public works department to surplus 110 tires and 100 plastic garbage carts.
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January 06, 2013
Oh come on. Nobody should complain about 74 year old Mr. Potier. He is trying to supplement his income, plus keep busy and have a reason for living! I do not know the man. As far as deliveries go, I live in a very nice neighborhood and there is not a day that goes by without UPS, Fed Ex and USPS package deliveries arriving for me and my neighbors. Shame on you if you don't vote to let this man have his small business!
Tony Cain
January 04, 2013
Here is an opportunity for the "live, work, play" zoning that has been so touted by politicians.

The applicant lives at the location, he probably plays there as well and now the city has an opportunity to zone it for his work.

This is what all the hoopla has been about and the mayor of Powder Springs strongly endorsed the TSPLOST and the "live, work, play" reasoning behind it.
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