clear
Tuesday June 30th, 2015 10:29AM

Flowery Branch Council gives final okay to quarry expansion

By B.J. Williams News Director
FLOWERY BRANCH - In a unanimous vote Thursday night, Flowery Branch City Council members gave final approval to an expansion of a quarry owned and operated by Vulcan Materials.

Mayor Mike Miller confirmed the vote Friday morning.

Miller said while there had been concerns about the impact of rezoning and annexing several properties around the quarry, all parties were able to work out their differences over the expansion. He said the first public hearing last month helped.

"I think that opened a dialogue between the rock quarry, the city and the residents," said Miller. "I think everybody got something they wanted, but not everybody got everything they wanted. It was a good compromise. It was very civil."

Miller said Vulcan did promise that the company will make additional efforts to beautify the corridor along Hog Mountain Road, so that residents will not feel a negative impact from the 41-acre expansion.

"It will be a functional area, an amenity for the residents along there," said Miller. "We're hoping to tie it in - the walking trail and bike path - with the countywide bike path that's being looked at by the MPO [Metropolitan Planning Organization]."

Miller said there are residents who live on a portion of the annexed parcel, and they will not move from the site until September, and then he said Vulcan will have to get state permits to begin work on the expansion.

© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
US stocks post sixth straight year of gains
U.S. stocks ended a strong 2014 with moderate declines Wednesday.
4:43PM ( 5 months ago )
Palestinians push ahead in pursuit of war crimes charges against Israel
Stung by a resounding defeat in the U.N. Security Council, the Palestinians announced Wednesday that they joined the International Criminal Court to pursue war crimes charges against Israel.
1:57PM ( 5 months ago )
Business News
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 5 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 5 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 5 months ago )
Local/State News
US off war footing at year's end, but wars go on
Taking America off a permanent war footing is proving harder than President Barack Obama may have suggested.
6:13PM ( 5 months ago )
GOP leader regrets talk to white supremacists; party leaders rally around him
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
6:08PM ( 5 months ago )
Conviction of Putin foe sets off protest in Moscow
President Vladimir Putin's chief political foe was convicted along with his brother on Tuesday in a fraud case widely seen as a vendetta by the Kremlin, triggering one of Russia's boldest anti-government demonstrations in years.
6:03PM ( 5 months ago )
Politics
Boosting overtime: Obama calls for broader coverage
WASHINGTON (AP) — They're called managers, and they sometimes work grueling schedules at fast food chains and retail stores. But with no overtime eligibility, their pay may be lower per hour than many...
10:04AM ( 24 minutes ago )
Forsyth Co. considering tax increase
Add Forsyth County to the list of local governments in northeast Georgia proposing or adopting a tax increase this year.
By AccessWDUN staff
9:58AM ( 31 minutes ago )
Minority leaders form "Black-Brown Alliance" to oppose at-large voting
More than 20 people, including leaders in the African-American and Latino communities, gathered in a conference room at the Newtown Florist Club in Gainesville to discuss the city's at-large voting system.
5:56PM ( 16 hours ago )
Price Road house destroyed in fire
Hall County Fire Services responded to the 5200 block of Price Road on the report of a barn fire Monday morning.
4:16PM ( 18 hours ago )
GSP searches for vehicle involved in hit-and-run that critically injured man
The Georgia State Patrol is asking for some help from the public as troopers search for a vehicle that struck a 64-year-old man on Clarks Bridge Road last Thursday.
2:34PM ( 19 hours ago )