Originally created 10/20/06

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Commission to vote on undeveloped land

SAVANNAH - More than 900 undeveloped acres west of Hunter Army Airfield have pitted the needs of the military against the interests of private property owners - a dilemma Chatham County commissioners must now resolve.

Today, the commission again will consider adoption of the Tricentennial Plan, which maps out land-use through 2033.

The commission had delayed the vote to consider the future of Rockingham Farms, a tract of land located along Veterans Parkway beneath the flight paths of incoming and outgoing Army aircraft.

A Metropolitan Planning Commission recommendation would allow the property to be rezoned for a mix of light industrial, commercial and residential use.

Superintendent wants public out of hearing

MARIETTA - A former Cobb County school superintendent is trying to bar the public next week when a judge hears arguments on grand jury testimony about a failed $100.8 million student take-home laptop program.

"We will be objecting to the media's presence at the hearing," former superintendent Joe Redden's attorney, Brian Steel of Atlanta, told Cobb Superior Court Chief Judge Jim Bodiford during a motion hearing.

Mr. Steel filed a motion Oct. 11 to block Mr. Redden from testifying before a special grand jury, which for the past year has been investigating the laptop program.

National Guard will take over air station

ATLANTA - The Georgia National Guard will take possession of the Naval Air Station Atlanta property when the facility closes as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Committee (BRAC) decision, several public officials said Thursday.

The 107-acre property is next to Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Cobb County.

The state received confirmation of the deal Wednesday in a memorandum from Joseph W. Whitaker, deputy assistant secretary of the Army.

Domestic partners might get insurance

ATHENS - A proposal to offer health insurance to the partners of unmarried Athens-Clarke County employees likely will pass when the county commission votes on it in December.

Four members of the five-commissioner Legislative Review Committee voted to recommend that the commission offer benefits to domestic partners and create a registry of domestic partners so other Athens organizations can offer similar benefits.

A policy similar to Atlanta's is expected to come to the full commission for discussion next month and a vote Dec. 5.

- Edited from wire reports