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Council to deal with zoning, ordinance issues

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Decatur City Council will deal with an array of zoning, sidewalk, sign and other ordinance issues when they meet at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

A zoning change request by Cecil and Rita Lemond, to allow them to build a duplex on a lot they own on Shoemaker Street, is up for approval on second reading and is likely to get the council’s OK.

Cecil is a member of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

Less likely to get the council’s approval are requests by the Lemonds for variances from the city’s design standards for curb-and-gutter installation and the installation of sidewalks.

The P&Z Commission voted 3-0 to approve the zoning change, with Lemond and vice chairman Davey Edwards abstaining.

Those two also abstained when the commission voted 3-0 to deny the variance requests on sidewalks, curbs and gutters. The council’s agenda notes that it would take a super-majority – 75 percent of the council – to overturn P&Z’s denial of those variances.

The council will also hold a public hearing to receive input on the Lemond’s replat and one from Habitat for Humanity for a lot on Oak Street, where the nonprofit group plans to build a house for a Decatur resident starting in December.

The public hearing will also call for input on the city’s proposed annexation policy and annexation plan.

All of those items were approved by P&Z and are likely to be ratified by the council on second reading.

The council will then consider three requests for variances to the city’s sign ordinance. Requesting exceptions to the rules are:

  • Karl Klement Chrysler, seeking three pole signs (the current limit is 1) along U.S. 81/287 for the new dealership he will build on the north side of town;
  • James Wood Neighborhood Autos, to exceed the maximum allowable wall sign area at their existing dealership on U.S. 81/287;
  • and Wise Regional Clinical Care Associates, to exceed the maximum allowable size and number of days that a temporary banner may be in place at the Community Health Clinic on Farm Road 51 South.

The council will also consider on second reading an ordinance closing and vacating an alley in the block behind Mayor Martin Woodruff’s house. He abstained from the vote when it came up the first time. The alley has never been put in, but it remains dedicated on the city’s master plan.

Also on the agenda are:

  • a rate adjustment request from Progressive Waste Services (formerly IESI) for residential and commercial customers for 2014;
  • an interlocal agreement with the city of Bridgeport for sharing the cost of billboard advertising for both cities’ Main Street programs;
  • and nominations to the board of directors of the Wise County Appraisal District for two-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

The meeting is open to the public.

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