Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
September 24, 2007
Dougherty County - - The county is looking at updating its Flood Plain Ordinance. It could mean more businesses and economic development, with property owners being able to build along the water. But County leaders want to see if they can help make that happen without endangering lives in the event of a flood.
Imagine relaxing along the lake and then walking home just a few feet away. At Marsh Landing Apartments, residents can do that. The apartment's owners want to extend that privilege by adding some additional 40 to 60 units there.
"Part of that property was in the floodway and the federal government does allow development in the floodway," says Developer Pace Burt.
So he followed the federal governments instructions.
"We jumped through over all of the hurdles and when we presented our plans to the Planning Commission. They said we had a problem."
That's because a Dougherty County ordinance says property owners can not build in a flood way.
"It's been since 1999 since it was last revised. It originated in 1978," says County Administrator Richard Crowdis.
After studying other cities like Columbus, Rome, and Augusta who have water sources and do allow development in a flood way, Crowdis wants Dougherty County to take another look.
If the county makes the change, there will be guidelines in place to make sure Dougherty keeps its good flood insurance rating. Crowdis wants to make sure the development would be safe if there is a severe flood.
"All of those things will be looked at by FEMA and the consultant to make recommendations back and through a pubic hearing," Crowdis says.
Burt is excited.
"You can develop along these river basins and be able to put a neat product close to the water like people want to have and also keep people safe," he says.
The county is expected to move forward with studying the issue at it's next meeting Monday. It would take about three months for the new ordinance to take effect.