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ACC Commissioners to debate $2.85 land purchase

 ACC Mayor Kelly Girtz speaks at a Mayor and Commission meeting on September 15, 2022.
ACC Mayor Kelly Girtz speaks at a Mayor and Commission meeting on September 15, 2022.

Athens-Clarke County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 6:00 PM for their regular monthly meeting.

One new item of business in front of commissioners is the purchase of about 91 acres of land near Olympic Drive to serve as a new home for Athens Transit operations and the county’s water and sewer department. If commissioners approve, the land purchase would cost $2.85 million.

Commissioners will also vote on whether to formally accept a report on "missing middle housing" – units like duplexes, triplexes, and cottage courts which offer higher density than single-family homes. The report’s authors say the county lacks housing of that type.

Another controversial measure is a proposed change to quorum rules that would allow commissioners to conduct some business with just six members of the body present. Supporters of the proposal say it would address an absenteeism problem among commissioners, while opponents say that absenteeism hasn’t been a problem at regular voting meetings.

One item expected to pass easily is a suite of changes to the county’s animal control laws.

Tuesday's meeting will be streamed on the county's YouTube page.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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