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Covington OK's repo business

COVINGTON - The City Council approved a recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Department to grant a special-use permit to Gotcha Recovery Inc., an auto repossession business to be located at 9179 Aaron Drive, just off Bob Williams Parkway.

The property is already zoned M-2, heavy industrial, according to Senior Planner Michelle Larsen, who made the presentation for the special-use permit at Monday night's regular council meeting.

Larsen said Gotcha Recovery will be located on 2.42 acres at the northeast corner of Aaron Drive and will be surrounded by similar businesses. The business will be comprised of a 2,400-square-foot building and gravel lot for impounded vehicles surrounded by an 8-foot-tall chain link fence with opaque screening. The business owner is Adam Segrest.

Larsen said the planning staff recommended approval of the special-use permit with several conditions, including:

· The business will be limited to impoundment of autos

· The special-use permit will be required to come back for renewal in five years

· No vehicles will be stored on the lot for longer than 30 days

· Outdoor security lighting will be installed

· No auto salvage operations will be conducted

· Records for all impounded vehicles will be maintained and provided to the city upon request

· A landscaped buffer will be installed

· Stormwater will be retained on-site.

In other action, the council approved a low bid of $13,335 from Newton Electric Supply for replacement of fluorescent lights and ballasts that will no longer be in production as of January 2010. The lights to be replaced are located in City Hall, the Planning and Zoning Department and at the city shop.

According to the city, the replacement lights and electronic ballasts are more energy-efficient and will save the city more than $7,000 in energy costs in one year.

The council also approved a low bid of $2,450 from Hall's Trenching Inc. for replacement of 60 feet of 4-inch sewer line on Flat Shoals Road.

Three bids for the Police Department were approved by the council. All three of the bids will be funded by forfeited drug funds. The acquisitions include two sets of office furniture from Georgia Correctional Industries for $3,184; three replacement laptop computers from VC3 Inc. of Decatur for $6,090; and a replacement video security system for the Police Department from ADT for $19,950. According to the proposal, the new system will monitor the Police Department both inside and out and will create digital recordings.

Alice Queen can be reached at alice.queen@rockdalecitizen.com.