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Hall commissioners approve rezoning for Brenau athletic complex
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County Administrator Randy Knighton, right, honors outgoing Commissioner Craig Lutz, center, at Lutz’s final voting meeting Thursday at the Hall County Government Center. Lutz chose not to run again after four years with the Board of Commissioners.

Other business

• Commissioners and county officials honored District 1 Commissioner Craig Lutz, who Thursday sat behind the rail for his last voting meeting.

Lutz, who represented parts of South Hall, was presented with a plaque by County Administrator Randy Knighton, and a bouquet of flowers was given to his family.

Kathy Cooper will replace Lutz after the new year.

Lutz finished out four years on the board, announcing his intention last year to run for a seat on the Public Service Commission. He sought the Republican nomination but lost to Bubba McDonald.

“I think all of our county employees, the ones you see, the ones you hear on the radio, the ones that work in the background, they do a fantastic job,” Lutz said.

Commissioners praised Lutz for his hard work on the board, saying he was always prepared with research in tow.

“I don’t anybody that is as knowledgeable or can research Georgia law or Georgia code as well as you can,” said Commissioner Billy Powell. “I’m going to miss you, and I may share some emails with you to get some advice.”

• The second reading and public hearing for abandonment of the Tumbling Circle right-of-way at the railroad crossing was tabled until Jan. 22.

The rezoning application for Brenau University's athletic complex was approved Thursday afternoon at a Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Brian Rochester, executive vice president of Rochester and Associates, mad a presentation on behalf of Brenau.
The request, Rochester said, brought up a lot of memories, as the area for the complex’s location has formerly been a spot for sports in Hall County.

The application was for a 16.8-acre tract south of Jesse Jewell Parkway near the intersection with Old Cornelia Highway.

The first phase, beginning immediately, involves the construction of a softball field, bleachers, dugouts, parking, concessions and restrooms.

The second phase, set to begin in three to five years, would be the soccer field, competition track, community walking trail and an irrigation and drainage system.

No opposition for the athletic complex was present at the meeting, and commissioners did not present any questions for Rochester.

The motion was approved unanimously by the commissioners.