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County votes to sell parcels near hospice

Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction, which will appear in Friday's print edition. Fran and Jason Aultman live on West Rushing Road, and they expressed concerns about a request by Marie Ashmore to close the road on which she lives, Dink Station Road, during a Bulloch County commissioners meeting Tuesday. Because of reporter's mistakes, a front-page article Thursday listed the wrong first name for Jason Aultman, incorrectly spelled his and Fran's last name and listed the wrong address for them. The Statesboro Herald regrets the errors.

Bulloch County-owned property that has historically drawn attention from neighbors will soon be up for sale.
Bulloch County commissioners voted Tuesday night to sell three parcels next to Ogeechee Area Hospice on East Grady Street, where Bulloch Memorial Hospital was once located.

In the past, citizens have expressed concerns about the property regarding its appearance as well as proposed uses of the land.

Commissioners passed a resolution regarding the sale, and expect to take further action during the April 8 meeting. Minimum bids will be set, said Bulloch County staff attorney Jeff Akins.

Commissioners also denied a request by Marie Ashmore to close a portion of Dink Station Road, off Kennedy Bridge Road near Interstate 16 in Register.

Ashmore asked to close the road so her family can install irrigation pivots that would cross the road to access property she owns on both sides.

Others, including Fran and Jason Aultman, who live on West Rushing Road, near Dink Station Road, expressed concerns about closing Dink Station, stating the recently improved section of road is the only safe route in wet weather. They pointed out that the improvement costs would be wasted should Dink Station Road close.

Commissioner Roy Thompson cited a Georgia law dictating that a road can only be closed if it is found to not be of necessary service to others.

“This is one of those difficult situations,” he said.

After hearing arguments for both sides, commissioners voted 5-1 in favor of keeping the road open. Commissioner Walter Gibson voted against the decision.

In other business conducted during Tuesday’s evening meeting, commissioners agreed on the pending purchase of a pothole patcher and approved a zoning request by Marty J. and Janet Deal Beasley to open an in-home day care center on Gordon Beasley Road.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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