During the February 15 meeting of Candler County Commission, commissioners approved the five members to serve on the newly-formed Candler County Zoning Panel: Dale Fordham, Lance Holloway, William Donaldson, Danny Carter and Harold Boston Jr. 

Each commission district in the county has a representative on the panel, according to County Administrator Bryan Aasheim.

The panel will  review the county’s needs and proposed zoning ordinances and make recommendations to the board of commissioners. 

As Aasheim explained, “This is not a zoning board because we do not have zoning. This is a panel of residents of Candler County to review proposed changes of zoning” 

In other business of the meeting, commissioners voted in a 4-1 vote to repay $160,000 to the Department of Community Affairs after the sale of the old health department building.

The reimbursement is required because prior renovations to the building were provided through a Community Development Block Grant. The terms of the CDBG require a pro-rata portion of the grant funding to be repaid if the building is vacated or sold.

Commissioner David Robinson voted against the motion, stating that he feels the $900,000 valuation of the property on the tax digest is too low.

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