Voges Gets Commercial Zoning; Lookout Mountain, Ga., Receives Small Settlement From Hotels.com

Friday, February 1, 2013 - by Matthew Smisson

The Lookout Mountain, Ga., City Council on Thursday evening approved commercial zoning for a parcel of land adjacent to the city’s commercial district. The land in question is located just west of Citizen’s Bank and Trust on McFarland Avenue.

The owner, Greg Voges, requested the zoning change because it is currently zoned for multi-family use. Because of its proximity to the commercial district, Mr. Voges believes it will be more desirable for development with the zoning change.

Mr. Voges is a key catalyst in the city’s town center project that is continuing to progress with the plans to develop a new town hall.

In a recent lawsuit filed against the Internet giant hotels.com, the city received a settlement payment in the amount of $121.99. Hotels.com was found to have not collected sales tax in their Internet sales of hotels. The firm was ordered to pay all applicable sales taxes to municipalities.

The gas station on the mountain is being changed to a Mapco Mart. The business recently applied for an alcohol beverage license to sell beer and wine on the mountain in a retail setting. City Attorney Bill Pickering told the council that the application met the city and state requirements. The council approved the application.

Mayor Bill Glascock addressed the council about a joint website that both towns of Lookout Mountain are considering for community promotion and development. The mayor stated that several people have been requesting the website's development that would inform residents about local events and calendars as well as promote the city’s tourism, real estate, and amenities to various onlookers.

It has been requested that the city of Lookout Mountain, Ga., contribute an initial $15,000 to begin the development. The mayor stated another meeting among all parties involved with the site’s development will occur in the near future.

The city’s first sewer bills have been issued to all residents. The sewer bill is now no longer a part of the water bill, but is a separate bill. The mayor explained that it can be paid via check, bank draft or credit card.



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