Clarkesville approves land sale to Georgia Power, veteran parking

The Clarkesville City Council approves the sale of city property to Georgia Power to provide for additional easement to add another power transmission line in the city. (Jerry Neace/

The Clarkesville City Council approved the sale of city property to Georgia Power during its regular meeting Monday. Georgia Power needed the property to expand its easement to add another power transmission line in the area of Robertson Loop.

According to Clarkesville City Manager Keith Dickerson, the power company only needs a “sliver” of land adjacent to the easement they already have in place.

“They basically need to enlarge the area they already have,” Dickerson told the council.

The property in question equals approximately .04 acres. The city will receive $1,600 for that piece of land.

The council voted unanimously to move forward with the sale to Georgia Power.

Other business

The Clarkesville City Council also approved an alcohol license for Ohmsaishiv LP. The BP convenience store/gas station is located at 442 Washington Street. The convenience store is also known as the Shake N Go. The license was issued due to a change in ownership of the business.

Work session

Prior to the regular meeting, the Clarkesville City Council held a work session where Dickerson introduced the idea of veteran parking in the downtown area.

He told the council that he noticed that some of the big box stores were providing veteran-only parking spots. Dickerson explained that he had done this before for veterans who had received Purple Hearts.

Clarkesville City Manager Keith Dickerson shows the parking signs for veterans to the City Council that he will donate. (Jerry Neace/

He explained that his idea would be to provide six spots downtown. Three spots would be for veterans and three spots for Purple Heart recipients. Two of the signs would go in the parking lot next to the war memorial and the gazebo. Two signs would be placed in the parking lot beside the police station and the remaining two would be placed in the parking lot near the Copper Pot.

“If you guys have any interest in doing that, I’ll donate them. It will cost the city the poles,” Dickerson told the council. The council was in agreement with the idea.

He did inform the council that even though the parking areas would be designated for veterans and Purple Heart recipients, they couldn’t enforce who could and could not park there. Also, none of the signs would be placed in the parking areas on the square.

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