The Cornelia commission seeks the opinion of the public on the nuisances linked to the holidays
The Cornelia Town Commission is seeking public comments on the large gatherings that have taken place in Cornelia’s neighborhoods. According to the city, these rallies started around September 2020 and have been a problem ever since. Noise and music have disturbed residents for nearly nine months, and parked vehicles have blocked traffic.
The problem occurred mainly in wards 3 and 4, which cover the northern half of the city. The complaints came specifically from the area around Wayside Street, Foster Street and Wood Street. The commission wishes to hear from those affected by these events at their next meeting in July and hopes to make changes to their Special Events Ordinance to better serve the community.
“We tried to tackle the problem by making a few changes to our noise regulations earlier this year, but those steps did not solve the problem,” said Cornelia City Manager Dee Anderson. “We are considering changes to our Special Events Ordinance, which currently requires any private event involving more than 25 people to obtain a permit from the city. When this ordinance was first passed years ago, regulations were put in place for events that take place on commercial and public property. The changes would also include residential areas.
The city calls these gatherings an issue that “plagues” their residential areas and reduces the quality of life for Cornelia residents in an email to residents.
“The Commissioners are seeking input from residents at the July 6 meeting to ensure any changes made are fair and thoughtful,” Anderson said. “After the discussion at our workshop last week, we realized that this is a very complicated problem and we want to find the best solution instead of a ‘gut reaction’. Obviously, we’re not trying to prevent people from having family reunions and the like, but when a party is big enough to disrupt the neighborhood the way we live, it has to take place in an establishment intended for such. event. “
The Cornelia Town Commission will meet on July 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cornelia Municipal Complex.