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Agenda Item #
Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

06/13/2017

Agenda Report #


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: Abandonment of Leonard Street

INITIATED BY: Engineering


Recommendation: Approval is requested to approve Resolution deleting from the “Official Map of Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia” the improved segment of Leonard Street between the east Right-of-Way o Forest Avenue and the west Right-of-Way line of Wildwood Avenue, declaring it surplus, and authorizing its disposal in accordance with City Code and under the conditions outlined in the approved Resolution.
Background: On April 11, 2017, representatives from St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2101 Wildwood Avenue, came before Council with a presentation on expansion of their current facilities including the proposed closure and acquisition of Right-of-Way for Leonard Street. Council requested review by Public Safety and a Public Meeting be held concerning the proposed closure of the City Street.

Analysis: A public meeting was held on May 8, 2017 with more than 55 in attendance. Attached is a summary of comments that were received at the meeting or in the mail at a later date. At the request of the residents in opposition to the closure, a subsequent meeting with Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and residents was held on May 15, 2017. A copy of the presentation was sent to the Columbus Police Department, Columbus Fire and EMS and Muscogee county School District for comments related to impact to operation and response times as a result of the closure of the street. None of those had any concerns related to the proposed closure. Staff recommends a conditional approval of the closure and disposal. Copies of the request from the neighborhood and conditions committed by the church are attached. There is an average of 234 vehicles on school weekdays, 217 vpd on Saturday and 150 vpd on Sunday.

Financial Considerations: Staff is currently obtaining appraisals of the value of the Right-of-Way. Also St. Paul will also be responsible for any expenses incurred as part of the closure.

Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: The City will no longer be responsible for miantenace of the street.

Legal Considerations: The Columbus Council has the sole authority to declare City properties and Rights-of-Way as surplus and to approve their disposal. The property will be disposed in accordance with the City Code.

Recommendation/Actions: Approval is requested to approve Resolution deleting from the “Official Map of Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia” the improved segment of Leonard Street between the east Right-of-Way o Forest Avenue and the west Right-of-Way line of Wildwood Avenue, declaring it surplus, and authorizing its disposal in accordance with City Code and under the conditions outlined in the approved Resolution.



A RESOLUTION
NO._____
A RESOLUTION CHANGING THE OFFICIAL STREET MAP AND TAX MAPS OF THE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA BY OFFICIALLY CLOSING AND DECLARING A SEGMENT OF LEONARD STREET SURPLUS; THE SEGMENT OF RIGHT OF WAY BEGINNING AT THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF FOREST AVENUE AND RUNNING NORTH EASTWARD TO THE WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF WILDWOOD AVENUE AS DEPICTED ON A COPY OF THE SURVEY DRAWING PREPARED BY ENTITLED “SURVEY OF LEONARD STREET “ AND DATED JUNE , 2017; SAID DRAWING HIGHLIGHTING SAID RIGHT OF WAY BEING MADE PART OF THE RESOLUTION; PROVIDING THAT ALL EXISTING UTILITIES EASEMENTS OF RECORD SHALL REMAIN IN EFFECT; PROVIDING APPROPRIATE WIDTH EASEMENTS SHALL BE RESERVED AS REQUIRED BY THE UTILITY COMPANIES SERVING ADJOINING STREETS AND PROPERTIES FOR UNKNOWN UTILITIES; AUTHORIZING THE DISPOSAL OF THE SAID RIGHT OF WAY IN ACCORDANCE WITH COLUMBUS CHARTER 7-501(4) AND CONTINGENT UPON THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.


NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:


SECTION I.


That the “Official Street Map, Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia” maintained in accordance with Section 18.1 of the Columbus Code and appropriate Tax Map is hereby amended by deleting the following:

All that tract or parcel of land situate, lying and being in Land Lot 74, Coweta Reserve, Columbus, Muscogee, County, Georgia, being more particularly known as that portion of public right of way designated as Leonard Street lying between Forest Avenue and Wildwood Avenue, being more particularly described as follows:

Commencing at an iron pin located at the intersection of the North right of way line of Leonard Street and the West right of way line of Forest Avenue; thence N7544'49"E for a distance of 61.16 feet to an iron pin located at the intersection of the North right of way line of Leonard Street and the East right of way line of Forest Avenue; said point also being the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence along the North right of way line of Leonard Street N6453'01"E for a distance of 307.51 feet to an iron pin located on the West right of way of Wildwood Avenue; thence S2712'57"E for a distance of 30.02 feet to an iron pin located at the intersection of the South right of way line of Leonard Street and the West right of way of Wildwood Avenue; thence along the South right of way line of Leonard Street S6453'01"W for a distance of 308.56 feet to an iron pin located at the intersection of the South right of way line of Leonard Street and the East right of way line of Forest Avenue; thence N2513'02"W for a distance of 30 feet to an iron pin and the point of beginning. Together with and subject to covenants, easements, and restrictions of record.
Said tract or parcel containing 0.212ac. more or less.

SECTION II.


That the segment of right of way described here within Section I is no longer needed for roadway purposes. Said segment is hereby declared surplus and authorized for disposal by the City Manager in accordance with the Columbus Charter 7-501(4).


SECTION III.


That all existing utility easements of record shall remain in effect and providing appropriate width easements shall be reserved as required by the utility companies serving adjoin streets and properties for unknown utilities.


SECTION IV.


This transaction is subject to the following conditions:


Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus. Georgia, held the _____ day of ________________ 2017, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _______________members of Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.




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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor