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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2007


Athens to hold hearing on zoning

ATHENS — This city is overhauling its zoning ordinances, and the public can have input at a July 17 meeting.

The Athens Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 5:45 p.m. at City Hall.

The city is updating its ordinances, which have existed since 1976. The ordinances will address land use, long-term transportation and infrastructure needs.

Public Works Director James Rich said the changes look to protect existing properties and provide flexibility for future growth. They would not change existing zoning but would affect future requirements.

Residents can view the proposed changes at the city clerk’s office, Athens-Limestone Public Library and online at

- Holly Hollman

Too slow on Trinity roads, some say

TRINITY — Trinity officials have received complaints that traffic moves at a snail’s pace along too many streets, especially main thoroughfares posted at 25 mph.

But Police Chief Chris Mc-Lemore said according to state law, speed limits cannot be increased beyond 30 mph in urban districts without conducting a traffic engineering study.

“We’re wasting time and money to move (the speed limit) from 25 to 30,” said Mayor Vaughn Goodwin.

But Councilman Tony Jones said, “Where it’s 25, do 30 and be done with it.”

Goodwin asked McLemore to submit recommendations on which streets should get the extra 5 mph.

- Ronnie Thomas

Trinity man denied patio on concrete

TRINITY — John M. South told the Trinity Town Council on Monday that he doesn’t understand why the building inspector denied his permit to construct a patio on a 24-inch thick concrete slab in the back yard of his Bell Drive home.

“She was worried it would move,” he said. “It’s eight years old and has never moved. I just want to get out of the mosquitoes.”

South said the slab has no chips or cracks and is strong enough to support the patio.

Building Inspector Joyce Hargiss said the slab does not meet code because it doesn’t have a footing.

Mayor Vaughn Goodwin told South to hire a structural engineer. “If he signs off on it, bring us the paperwork,” he said.

- Ronnie Thomas

Petco reptile show and sale Saturday

Petco will host its fourth annual River City Reptile Show and Sale on Saturday.

The show will be from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will feature live reptiles such as snakes and lizards. Mama’s Turtles, a non-profit turtle and tortoise rescue organization, will have large sulcata tortoises on display.

The sale on reptiles will last from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

- Emily Peck

Theft suspect must be an Alabama fan

ATHENS — It appears cops should be on the lookout for an Alabama fan in a Sunday theft at a dollar store.

Someone took crayons, gum and cookies from the Dollar General on U.S. 31. That doesn’t mark the person as a Bama fan, but the other items taken might. Also taken were a purse, apron, wallet, cup holder, key holder and magnet, all with the Alabama logo on them, said Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce.

The total value of the items taken is $62.50.

- Holly Hollman

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