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County to fix 'lodge' zoning rules

With a light agenda this evening, the Fayette County Board of Commissioners agreed to have staff fix some inconsistencies in the zoning district for lodges and retreats.

County Director of Community Development Pete Frisina explained that the inconsistencies were inadvertently adopted when the county approved a wholesale set of tweaks to zoning laws back in December. The new changes will be run by the county planning commission and brought back for formal adoption by the commission at a later date, Frisina said.

In other business, County Manager Jack Krakeel explained that the county will be working toward retaining Fayette County Library Director Christeen Snell, who was recently let go by the Flint River Regional Library System.

The library system's board made the personnel cut in anticipation of further state budget cuts, and that leaves Fayette County to fund the library director position, Krakeel explained. It is widely recognized that Snell "is the heart and soul" of the library so attempts will be made to keep her on board beyond the end of the year, when the library system will stop paying her salary.

The county already pays for all the other staff at the library, Krakeel noted.

The commission also discussed looking at another possible site to relocate the state's Women Infants and Children (WIC) program as it has developed difficulties in sharing space with the county health department. The state will be providing a large modular building that's only one year old, and the plan is for the underpinning to be screened by brick, but it still will be a temporary location at this point, county officials have said.

Commissioner Steve Brown said he favors having the federal government pay rent to a privately owned facility instead of relying on the county for space for the program. Such an arrangement exists in Spalding County, Brown noted.

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