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Lengthy workshop precedes brief meeting

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A relatively brief Decatur city council meeting was sandwiched Monday between an hour-long workshop and an even longer closed session which was spent evaluating the city manager.

When it was all said and done, a lot was said and a few things were done.

In the workshop, planning director Dedra Ragland went through the city’s proposed, and recently-revised, annexation policy, using maps to illustrate to the council how the policy will impact various tracts of land in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

The policy determines whether the city can voluntarily or involuntarily annex territory in the ETJ.

The plan identifies those areas within the ETJ that the city intends to involuntarily annex.

The policy revisions have been the subject of several workshops by the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission, dating to May.

Workshop reports also touched on the airport, the city’s finances, the Main Street program and the police department.

MEETING YIELDS DECISIONS

The council:

  • vote to re-zone a third of an acre on Shoemaker Street so the landowners can build a duplex on it.
  • voted to vacate an alley that has never been put in.
  • adopted an investment policy for the city.
  • approved on second reading the EDC’s extension of water and sewer lines to a new car dealership on U.S. 287 North.
  • appointed councilmember Jay Davidson to another two-year term on the TAPS board.
  • came back into open session and voted unanimously to give Shannon a 4 percent pay increase and extend his contract for another year, effective Oct. 1.

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