Posse Grounds zoning change approved

By Bob Buckel | Published Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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A zoning change for the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Grounds and the Reunion Fair Grounds sailed through a second reading and became law Monday.

The Decatur City Council, on second reading, OK’d shifting the 100-plus acres from single-family to thoroughfare business. There had been no protest at the Planning and Zoning hearing or a public hearing at last week’s council meeting.

The property is located on Farm Road 51 South. The zoning glitch first came to light when the Posse approached the council about installing a marquee sign to let passers-by know about upcoming events. City officials were surprised to see that it was still zoned for single-family residences only.

The only other item on the council’s agenda was a brief presentation by Decatur Police Sgt. Delvon Campbell on the 5th Annual Texas Citizens on Patrol conference, to be held here Aug. 16-18.

Campbell said the conference, which should attract 200 or so people from all over Texas, is designed to teach and inspire volunteers who work with police agencies to enhance public safety.

“We’re teaching citizens to be eyes and ears for us,” he said. “We want to make sure everybody remembers the city of Decatur.”

The program will include presentations on online predators and identifying suspects, a discussion of school violence, a staged gunfight and tours of the Wise County Heritage Museum.

The council also heard reports from the airport, finance department, Civic Center and Main Street program in a work session prior to the meeting.

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