ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Rezoning notices have been completely redesigned, and residents will soon see them through Albany-Dougherty County.
This comes after months of people upset by the current fallen and hard to see notices.
With community members and even Dougherty County commissioners asking the zoning notice signs be revamped, commissioners judged new sign mock-ups on Monday. From an orange one, to even a purple one.
Commissioners ultimately agreed on the new green notice sign residents will soon see in a 3 feet by 4 feet form.
Some residents said there has been one ongoing problem throughout the county for months now.
“We noticed a posting, a planning commission posting. Unfortunately by the time we noticed it, the planning commission meeting for public hearing had already happened,” Cheryl Laughlin, a Dougherty County resident, said.
Community members said they don’t know when public hearings are happening in Albany-Dougherty County because they can’t see the public notice signs.
“Instruct your people how to put them up to make sure they stay up instead of blowing down and laying down and so forth,” said Commissioner Anthony Jones.
Even county commissioners became upset that people couldn’t see the notice signs, something the planning commission said shouldn’t be a problem now.
“They’ll be very large," Paul Forgey, planning commission director, said. "They’ll be placed at a right angle to each other facing the road, well the point of the angle will be facing the road. So they’ll be the most visible a sign can be.”
The issue spread through the city and the county after it was announced a liquor store is coming to the Martin Luther King Junior Drive area — something some residents said they didn’t know about in time because the current signs cannot be seen.
The county and the city will each pay around $6,800 for the new reflective signs.
“We’ll go ahead and start ordering them and they should be up for hopefully the next round of zonings,” Forgey said.
Now that the new signs have been approved, commissioners said, the county can go back to the vendor and get started on the production of the 16 new signs.
The commission said the new zoning notices should be up in time for the next rezoning public notice.
More from Dougherty County commission:
Twenty Dougherty County students have caught the attention of State leaders in Atlanta.
They’re a part of a program that encourages students to become politically active at young ages.
One Dougherty County School System program is garnering state-wide attention, and even the secretary of state is commenting on the achievements of students in the program.
A group of 20 students have spent the past year traveling to the state capitol, learning about the judicial system and even visited Boston, Massachusetts.
They've been given the opportunity through a partnership between Dougherty County and the school system in a program called the Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students.
The goal is to create political leaders and world changers right here in the community.
“All of them carry with them their own unique personalities and talents. This year we’ll have several who will be leading their class at their perspective high schools and are involved in student government,” said J.D. Sumner, Dougherty County Schools public information officer.
Commissioners said the Georgia secretary of state even told them he was so impressed by the students in the program, he would write them letters of recommendation.
School leaders are already looking at students to join the program next year.
School system leaders want to encourage any students in the county interested in politics to learn a little more about the program and work to get involved.
Even more from Monday’s meeting:
Albany Technical College is offering grants that will help the those who served go back to school.
The grants are also offered to their spouses.
The goal is make Albany a place those in the military can live, go to school and then work.
“Of course, we want to support our military spouses and children and we want to help them transition into our community and encourage them to do so,” Dr. Anthony Parker, Albany Technical College president, said.
The school was awarded around $60,000 from the state for the scholarships.
Dougherty County and Albany commissioners will each match the grant for $15,000.