Roberta Green-Garrett hotel focus of called meeting


DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Dahlonega City Commission will hold a special called meeting Monday, June 4,  at 5:30 p.m. to consider a mediation agreement of the long-standing hotel issue with Roberta Green-Garrett. A regular commission meeting will follow immediately.

The commission and Green-Garrett’s attorney Joey Homans have engaged in a self-imposed mediation to try and end the three-year saga.

During a recent work session, Councilwoman JoAnne Taylor summed up the situation.

“We’ve either got to put our thumbprint on this design with Mrs. Green-Garrett, or roll the dice and see what the judge will say,” Taylor said.

Mayor Sam Norton agreed. “If we can’t all affirmatively agree on the issue by June 4, this matter will go to the courts,” he said. “Then the court will make us try mediation again.”

Conditions agreed to by Green-Garrett include the premises’ use be limited to a hotel and will include features like an exercise facility, a lobby, a small outdoor pool, a breakfast lounge area and parking.

However, if the council and Green-Garrett resolve the issue outside of the courts, the Butler Building will be demolished, something the Historic Preservation Commission has strongly opposed.

During the regular meeting, council will consider an amendment to the city’s animal ordinance that makes it unlawful for owners of domestic animals to allow — or permit by negligence — their animal to act in a way that causes damage, unsanitary conditions to the property of another, public streets, parks and recreation areas or otherwise cause a nuisance.

The amendment defines nuisance as crawling upon, sleeping on, scratching or otherwise soiling furniture, porches, automobiles or other property of a neighbor or person other than the owner. It also makes is unlawful for domestic animals to feed from, turn over, or otherwise disturb garbage containers and scratch or dig in lawns, yards or flower beds, or to soil or damage any property other than that of the owners.

The Commission will also consider approval of bylaws for the city of Dahlonega Cemetery Committee that will include the establishment of the committee, defining its purpose and authority, setting goals and a method of selecting members and scheduling meeting dates.



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