Illegal Laural Oak Removal in Alachua Linked to GRU Biomass Incinerator 1

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L. Lynn Coullias – R. Dee Waters

An Interview with Hague Cemetery Association President, Dee Watson turned into grizzly documentation of illegal removal of Healthy Laural Oak Tree.

The new Dollar General was party justified by anticipated  traffic generated by the controversial GRU biomass incinerator delivery trucks.

The State of Florida lists Hague Community Cemetery Association, Inc. as a registered 501c3 Corp. located in the County of Alachua in the unincorporated township of Hague, Fl.

The board is comprised of three Gainesville residents:  Dee Waters, (Pres), Libby Rowell, (VD) and Mary Frances Hague (SD).
The Dollar General property appears to be annexed into the City of Alachua as a an ENCLAVE, an annexing process generally regarded as illegal

Alachua County authorities have not yet responded to requests to look into any problem with the legal aspects of this Dollar Store development.

Laural Oak Sacrificed So That GRU Tree Incinerator May Live.

Site Plan Shows Laural Oaks Intended to Remain in Place

Site Plan Laural Oaks to Remain

Dollar Store Overlay a CRAPO

The issue of enclave is denied by the County tax appraisers office who somehow recognize the violence of US 441 as contiguous to any quality of life.

In fact, US 441 is an intense federal, not State highway that exists as a formidable barrier to belie any notion that any connection can safely exist between the two.  County attorney, David Schwartz will probably agree with the Tax appraiser’s office out of convenience rather than rational analysis.

More importantly, the township of Hague loses appeal when Biomass trucks roll into a Dollar General to wreck the appeal of a historic Hague neighborhood that has long been a tourist destination for those who long for quiet pastoral appeal.

Submitted by Lynn Coullias 9/26/2013

Yesterday, I was visiting Mrs. Dee Watson @ the Historic Hague Community Cemetery, for a  interview.

While we were there, we witnessed the demolition of a Beautiful Heritage Oak, on John Freeland’s Illegally Annexed (Spot Zoned) property that soon will accommodate a Dollar General.

The City of Alachua has an Ordinance – Protecting – “Champion Tree’s”, yet when I called down @ City Hall  (Kathy Winburn, Lionell Stewart, Traci Cain & Grafton Wilson)… “NO ONE WAS “AVAILABLE” to come to the phone.

Alachua’s Code Enforcement Officer, Lionell Stewart came to the site, long after the construction crew used heavy machinery to topple this Healthy & Beautiful Heritage Oak Tree.

As I stated @ the Sept. 23rd – City Commission Meeting:  “We know you have A LOT of Ordinance’s, but You have NO ONE WHO ENFORCES THEM”!

I’ve also attached the “minutes” of the Commission Meeting where John Freeland was able to “annex” without having ANY SPECIFIC PARCEL # OR PHYSICAL ADDRESS.

Citizens are told that Annexing into the City of Alachua is done in A LEGAL & TRANSPARENT Manner.  Clearly by the documents below, another “Spot Zoning” was accomplished & NO ONE protected County Parcel’s who surround this illegally zoned property.

Sincerely,

Lynn Coullias

P.S.  If you go to Property Appraiser’s Website  (Parcel: 05900-001-001) is listed as MISC. RESIDENTIAL-  HOW IS A COMMERCIAL INTENSIVE DESIGNATION NOW GIVEN TO FREELAND & DOLLAR GENERAL?

**ILLEGAL ANNEXATION—-NO PARCEL NUMBER, NO PHYSICAL ADDRESS**

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REGULAR CITY COMMISSION MEETING AGENDA

PAGE  10 OF  10

April 19, 2004

E.  FIRST  READING AND  INITIAL  PUBLIC  HEARING FOR  ORDINANCE  04 23; AN ORDINANCE

OF  THE  CITY OF  ALACHUA EFFECTING AN ANNEXATION OF APPROXIMATELY  1-ACRE, OWNED BY

MR. JOHN  FREELAND

i.

FIRST  READING, ORDINANCE 04 23; CONSIDERATION OF APPROVAL OF THE ABOVE  STATED ORDINANCE

ii.

PUBLIC  HEARING TO  CONSIDER  ADOPTION OF THE ABOVE –REFERENCED  ORDINANCE

Ms. Dedenbach gives description and background on above-referenced property. Staff recommends the above Ordinance passed on First Reading and to Schedule Second Reading and Public Hearing on May 3, 2004.

No comments from City Manager Watson

First reading of  Ordinance by title only for public record by City Attorney Rush.

Commissioner Burgess questions if there is already a residence located on the property.

Ms. Dedenbach confirms this is a vacant lot, but is adjacent to properties with homes.

Commissioner Hills has no comments.

Commissioner Lewis comments he is in favor of Annexation.

John Freeland comments that it has been a long process and he thanks the staff for all their help

through this process and he is looking forward to inclusion into the City.

Commissioner Burgess moves to pass above-referenced Ordinance on First Reading and to

schedule Second Reading and Public Hearing on May 3, 2004, Commissioner Lewis seconded

the motion.

____________________________

REGULAR CITY COMMISSION MEETING AGENDA

PAGE 10 OF  10

January 5, 2004

John Freeland: On the other side of the piece of property you are talking about right now, Ms. Moser is elderly and her husband is dying and she couldn’t make it, so they sent me. The plan for this a fairly low intensive use, the guy that’s looking to lease it, builds portable buildings, handy-sheds and as far as I know right now, he doesn’t have anything in the works for anything other than a display lot for those handy-sheds. That may be what you’re looking at as a less intensive use. A grocery store or more intensive use would have to be reviewed or done a lot more than just a change to this general commercial zoning. The zoning that we are looking at is to have is a commercial general not intensive use at this time.

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