From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, October 14, 1981

Building inspector initiates request, pays fee, commission told

According to information revealed at a called meeting of Oneonta Planning Commission Monday evening, Oneonta building inspector Willard Arnold asked Alabama Power Company to request rezoning before the planning commission and then paid the fee for the Alabama Power request after the company refused to do so on the basis that it did not need the rezoning and thus had no wish to pay the filing fee to have the planning commission consider the request.

That Alabama Power request and the circumstances surrounding it have further complicated a dispute over the city’s zoning ordinances involving McPherson Oil Company, the City of Oneonta, the city building inspector, the city variance board, and Oneonta resident Danny Bentley. That dispute now involves Oneonta Planning Commission.

The commission, in a recent decision, recommended that the city council rezone the Alabama Power property, McPherson Oil Company property, and property owned by L.D. Bentley Jr. from business two (B2) to manufacturing one (M1). That property is located on Ala 75 in Oneonta.

Ceremony marks official start of agri-business center construction

Many interested Blount County and City of Oneonta people assembled at the site of the future Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center near the old high school stadium for groundbreaking ceremonies Oct. 7.

Probate Judge/County Commission Chairman Frank Green said work on the joint project began three years ago in October and praised work by the city, the county commission, the state Farmers Marketing Authority, the Appalachian Regional Commission, Alabama Development Agency, and Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Authority.

Oneonta Mayor Jack Fendley expressed his delight that the city is a part of the agri-business project.

County extension chairman Clayton Hoomes said the soon-to-be center is an example of people working together for the good of all people. He anticipates wide use of it by young people for livestock shows and tractor shows.