By: Bonnie Davis Guy
Decembers Mountain City Council Meeting began with a public hearing consisting of a second and final reading of Ordinance Number 1472, which would rezone a portion of property owned by Larry Eggers located on Maple Street. The change would be from R-2 Medium Density Residential to R-3 High Density Residential. When Eggers approached the planning commission this fall with the rezone request, he was denied approval.
Novembers city council meeting included a first reading of this proposed ordinance and a unanimous vote to follow the recommendations of the planning commission and deny the rezoning request. Because this months vote is the final reading, the Maple Street property owners represented by Debbie Roark came to address the council members. Roark brought forth pictures of a singlewide mobile home that appeared in poor repair. She explained that allowing this structure to remain in their neighborhood would only serve to lessen property value of surrounding homes. A petition has been signed by most neighbors stating they are against the structure being allowed to remain on the property and to the rezone ordinance. After a brief discussion, a motion to deny the rezone was made, followed by a second and a unanimous vote by the council denying the request. Sheila Shaw, City Recorder, was then instructed by Mayor Keeble to send a letter to Eggers explaining the rezoning denial and the mobile home would have to be removed from Maple Street.
The next order of business was the approval of the consent calendar with final readings of budget amendments number 1469 thru number 1473. These were approved unanimously with no discussion. Council members were then asked if they had items of concern or comments to make. First up was Alderman Kenny Icenhour who requested a call be made to Mountain Electric in regards to a caution light bulb being out at the intersection of Highway 418 and 421. Currently, the light goes from green to red with no caution, which could cause a traffic ticket or accident. Alderman Bob Morrison inquired about the progress being made with the funding for the Goose Creek Trail. Keeble replied that approval had come in from the state to proceed. The next step to build the remaining portion of the trail, necessary advertising and the bidding process. Morrison also commented that both he and Tennessee Department of Transportation had received complaints about the traffic issues caused by cars entering the new restaurants along the fourlane. All members fully understood that traffic issues can be frustrating. However, no state or city laws are being broken. Vice Mayor Bud Crosswhite made a request for new chairs to be purchased for the patrolmens report/ interview room at the city police station as the chairs were in very poor repair, and in fact, could pose a danger if they collapsed. Shaw will check pricing and arrange the purchase of the new chairs. Alderman Jerry Jordan informed the other council members that he had been contacted by both Representative Timothy Hill and the state fire marshall regarding the inspection of the manufactured home on Cedar Street. No specific date for the inspection was given and Jordan stated he will continue to follow up. He also wished his fellow council members a very Merry Christmas, and was looking forward to the next meeting in the new year.
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