City mulls manager finalists, P&Z choice

Interviews go through Wednesday; committee split on zoning issue
By KEN ESTEN COOKE Reporter Publisher

City mulls manager finalists, P&Z choice

Rockdale City Council members have met each of the last three mornings in executive session in hopes of finding "the one" of seven finalists for the city manager position.

"We're progressing through the interviews," current City Manager Randy Holly said Tuesday.

While the council could name someone as early as Wednesday, it is not likely, Holly said.

"They may give me directions on one to three candidates to do additional background checks," Holly said. "It's mostly to make sure they are crossing all their t's and dotting their i's," he said.

Holly said when his predecessor T. Flemming was chosen, council members actually visited the town the candidate came from. He did not know if they would repeat that process.

P&Z disagreement

The council will also have on its June 8 agenda a decision whether or not to accept a recommendation from the Planning & Zoning Commission turning down a request to rezone an older home for an antiques business.

The P&Z met last week and voted 4-3 to not recommend the approval. Code Enforcement Officer Lon Williams broke the tie by voting against, joining Dana Caffey, Judy Slusher and Barkley Alford.

P&Z members voting in favor of the zoning change were Mark Jackson, Gloria Richards and Joyce Ford. Doug Williams did not vote.

Many, including the antiques store owner Elaine Van Horn, felt the decision was overkill, given the area's recent job loss and the light impact of an antiques store, as opposed to an industrial operation. The house she plans to convert to a store is less than one block from an area currently zoned "light commercial."

Holly said Williams felt it was not the committee's job to change zoning boundaries for the city council, but said Williams and the committee "would be glad to work with the boundaries, if the council chooses to change them."

"We want to reflect what the community wants us to do," Holly said.

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