City Council activity May 2

A combined public hearing and meeting of Hohenwald’s City Council was held Tuesday, May 3, 2016. All members of the council were present. Mayor Danny McKnight called the meeting to order.

Reports were approved from Chief of Police Sam Livingston, Fire Chief Steve Vineyard, Building/Codes Inspector Brad Rasbury and Economic & Community Development Coordinator Helen Ozier.

A re-zoning of parcels of property along Cedar Street and Gray Road from Central Business and Corridor Commercial Districts to Low Density Residential District passed on the second and final reading. Questions were fielded from guests regarding reasons for the changes and locations of lots during a public hearing.

“We were probably overly optimistic in 1998 by zoning it commercial,” Vice Mayor Don Barber said. “People who have tried to sell have experienced problems [related to financing]. We are doing this purely because of residents’ requests. The city did not initiate this,” he continued. No dissent was conveyed by any in attendance.

Vice Mayor Barber made the motion, seconded by Councilwoman Janet Turner. A unanimous vote passed the ordinance on the second and final reading.

An amendment to the Policy and Procedure Manual for the Hohenwald Police Department also passed on the second and final reading following a public hearing. The motion was made by Councilwoman Turner, seconded by Councilman T. J. Hinson and received a unanimous vote.

In new business, an update to the City of Hohenwald’s building codes passed unanimously on the first reading with a motion by Vice Mayor Barber, seconded by Councilman Rusty Isbell. The vote updated local building codes to International Building Codes standards.

Parcels of property located along East Second Street and South Maple Street were the subject of a public hearing and a vote. Property owner Dale Floyd was on hand to explain a proposal to convert the corner lot to an office space. “The lot faces Highland Oil. Neighbors we spoke with are enthusiastically in favor,” he continued. A rezoning of the parcels from a R-2/Low Density Distrit and PR/6 Preservation Residential District to a C-2/Business District would be necessary. “The structure is planned to have a gabled roof working with the Historical Society to conform to the area,” Floyd said. “We want to be good neighbors.”

With a motion by Vice Mayor Barber, seconded by Councilman Isbell, the motion carried four yes votes.

An ordinance adopting the annual budget and tax rate for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 was approved on the first reading. The motion was made by Vice Mayor Barber, seconded by Councilman Isbell. A unanimous vote followed. City Recorder Kyle Hamm confirmed the tax rate would remain unchanged at $1.50 per $100 of assessed value on real and personal property.

A public hearing immediately preceded year end budget amendments for fiscal year 2015-2016 with no comments from the public. Expenditures for the golf course, in the amount of $9,500, were increased for the golf course marked for salary. A motion by Vice Mayor Barber was seconded by Councilwoman Turner to precede a unanimous roll call vote. A report by Councilman Hinson indicated the opening of the Tin Cup Grill, within the clubhouse, had increased revenue significantly in the first month.

Immediately following adjournment, the Beer Board for the City of Hohenwald was called to order by Vice Mayor Barber.

Approved were permits for off premises consumption by Jinalben Mukeshram Patel, doing business as Nick & Bubba’s Beer, Bait and Baccer, 281 Summertown Highway and for on-site and off premises consumption by Danny McKnight, doing business as Hohenwald Municipal Golf Course, 829 Columbia Highway.

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