Valdosta Daily Times

May 7, 2014

Lake Park denies rezoning

Stuart Taylor
The Valdosta Daily Times

LAKE PARK — Minutes after starting its monthly meeting Tuesday night, the Lake Park City Council voted to deny the rezoning request for a proposed apartment complex.

The request had generated protest within the Lake Park community. Investor's Management Company wanted to build a 64-unit apartment complex on a 5.67-acre section along Lakes Boulevard and Country Lane. The rezoning request would have changed the area from Community Commercial to R-6.

“In my opinion, the runoff problem has not been met,” said Council member Bert Rutland, referring to the issue of water drainage in the area.

The council vote was split 3-1, with Sandy Sherrill, Ronald Carter and Bert Rutland denying the request and Paul Mulkey voting to approve it.

The audience applauded City Council's decision.

City Council debated closing city streets that are within Tom's Pond, but decided to review the issue next month with a specific list of the underwater streets that would be closed.

Police Chief James Breletic acquired a grant to equip each squad car and City Hall with a defibrillator.

Mayor Eric Schindler informed the council of a water leak occurring on the corner of Collins Avenue and Essa Street and discussed plans to repair it.

“That has to be taken care of. We have to hit it pretty soon,” said Schindler. “It could really get out of control.”

The council also:

Discussed adding a small amount of parking to Tom's Pond.

Discussed two bids received for fencing the maintenance compound.

Talked about options for mosquito control.

Appointed Brenda Huseman to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Reappointed two current members of the Cemetery Committee.