December 5-- A request to rezone commercial property to residential met community resistance and was turned down Monday night by the Lyons City Council.
Three women who live in the area around 168 Lakeview Drive asked the council to deny Allen Oglesby's request allowing construction of a multi-family dwelling on the property. They claimed he wanted to build a 'bunkhouse" for migrant workers and that it would make their neighborhood unsafe. The Lyons Zoning Board had recommended denial of the request and Oglesby did not attend the council meeting.
The council awarded a contract for $108,985 to Sikes Brothers for resurfacing of five city streets including Third Avenue and portions of Aiken Circle, Hilton Court, North Victory Drive and Nelson Avenue.
City Manager Jason Hall announced that two bid openings will be conducted next Thursday, December 14th. One at ten a.m. will use funds from a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for road improvements on Stewart Street, Alexander Avenue, Madison Street, Salem Drive and East Toombs Avenue .
The second at two p.m. is for improvements to the city's two wastewater treatment plants. Bids will be considered which could double the treatment capacity for the plant that serves the area north of the railroad tracks in Lyons. The plant has a capacity of 750,000 gallons and the city will consider bids to increase it to a million gallons or double it to 1.5 million. Another bid will be considered to renovate the East Lyons treatment plant.
In other actions, the council heard a first reading of an amendment to the city ordinance governing sale of alcohol in the city. It's expected to approve the amendment which allow the Sunday sale of alcohol off the shelf and by the drink as approved by the voters in a November referendum. The amendment will be on the agenda for a council meeting December 19.
It also okayed a one-time authorization for consumption on the premises for Kerrigan's on New Year's Eve which falls on Sunday this year.
The Macon accounting firm of Mauldin and Jenkins was awarded a $19,900 contract to conduct the city audit next year.
In economic development news, Michelle Johnson with the Toombs County Development Authority reported the parent company of U.S. Pet has completed its five-year lease-purchase agreement of its building in the industrial park north of Lyons and the building will now revert to the property tax rolls.
She also said a Chinese company is still considering locating a condiment and sauce factory in the vacant "spec" building in the park.
The council bade farewell to longtime city councilman Wayne Hartley and one-term member "Spec" Nobles and welcomed incoming members Larry Griggers and John Moore, Jr. who will take office in January.