Local Residents Raise Crypto, Speeding Worries | News


TIFTON — People living in the area have voiced their concerns over a number of issues during a recent Tift County Commission meeting.

Chris Burchell and Pamela Bateman both took the floor to request assistance in solving problems impacting them and the local community.

Burchell asked the county’s unified development code be changed concerning cryptocurrency mining facilities and to restrict or even stop any future efforts at setting up such a facility in the area.

He was worried about the potential negative effect it could have on the area, and urged the commission to take action and proactively limit the ability to run or even create a mine in Tift County.

He suggested putting a definition in the development code to make clear what to restrict, creating special regulations to keep mining sites in check, or even designating a special zone for them to operate in, so as to monitor and regulate their existence in the county.

Bateman asked the county to put an end to the rampant speeding on the road near her house.

She said cars speed at more than 70 miles per hour daily, with many ignoring the stop sign on the road, and said she was worried someone could be involved in a serious accident, citing her granddaughter nearly being struck while walking home from the school bus.

Bateman said the dirt road near her home had recently become a dumping site, noting that several mattresses, among other things, have been left there, and requested the county’s help in fixing this problem.

County commissioners did not respond to Burchell’s propositions, but Commissioner Melissa Hughes promised Bateman that the commission would look into her worries.

County Manager Jim Carter asked Bateman to speak with Chris Davis, county development support services director, and he promised to talk with her further at a later date.

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