Watkinsville Mayor Bob Smith investigated his neighbor, Alice Woodruff of 35 South Main Street, after she legally obtained a building permit.
Woodruff, a potter who lives directly across from Smith, built an art studio in September 2011 on her 0.60-acre homestead. In 2018, the city granted Woodruff a permit to build a garage. Woodruff recently obtained a permit for renovations of her residence and is living in an apartment over the garage while the remodeling work is in progress. Woodruff also constructed an ancillary building in 1988 that has been modified as a small residence. She said an artist currently lives and works in that cottage.
In April, Smith came into City Hall claiming that he was a private citizen who wanted to see the building permit for Woodruff’s property at the behest of his wife, according to an email from Administrator Coordinator Angela Farr to Code Compliance Officer Tobie Cartledge.
In May, Smith then emailed City Manager Sharyn Dickerson, stating that he had multiple requests for information on the property. Smith asked about the building permit and how many structures are allowed on the property.
Cartledge told The Oconee Enterprise that Woodruff’s property at 35 South Main Street is in full compliance.
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