Cornelia Commission will address unlawful use of fire hydrants, approve annexation

Cornelia City Commission. (Jerry Neace/

The Cornelia City Commission will discuss an ordinance to address the unlawful use of city fire hydrants at their Tuesday, June 4, 2024 meeting.

The ordinance will make it unlawful for anyone to use or tamper with a city owned fire hydrant without first receiving permission from the City Manager or his designee other than city employees.

Recently, the city of Demorest has had issues where individuals were stealing water from city owned fire hydrants. Since many of Demorest’s city owned fire hydrants are outside of the city limits, the city has had to enlist the assistance of the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office to assist in policing the thefts.

Other business

The Commission will move forward with several ordinances that had their first reading during their May meeting.

The Mechanic Shop Ordinance was first brought forward to the Commission during their April meeting. Last month, they heard from a few shop owners that had questions about the ordinance. The commission addressed those questions. They made amendments to the ordinance during their first reading and reposted the ordinance with changes made after their May meeting. The Commission will consider approving the second reading of the Mechanic Shop Ordinance during their meeting Tuesday.

Two ordinances will receive a second reading by the City Commission. Both ordinances are related to the rezoning and annexation of more than 28 acres on Elrod Street. During their May meeting, they held a public hearing for the property rezoning and annexation. The only person to speak about the measures was the applicant / developer Gary Hammond, owner of the Peaks of Cornelia. No one spoke in opposition.

The property will receive a rezoning designation of Residential-2, to allow for a multi-family development.

According to Hammond, the development will be broken up into phases. The first phase, if approved, will begin construction in the summer of 2025. Phase 1 will consist of three buildings of 48 units. The units will be broken out as 28-four bedroom units, 16-three bedroom units, and four-one bedroom units. Hammond anticipates to begin renting apartments in the summer of 2026.

The Cornelia City Commission will meet for their work session at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, in the Municipal Conference Room. The regular commission meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Municipal Courtroom. Both meeting locations are at 181 Larkin Street in Cornelia.

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