City Council discusses rezoning application | Government and politics

Several residents opposed a rezoning of two homes from residential to commercial in a heated Farmington City Council meeting this month at Long Memorial Hall.

The rezoning of residences located at 501 and 505 Memorial Place, across from the Memorial Methodist Church, went through public hearings and first readings to change from R-3: residential to C-2: general commercial.

Director of Development Services Tim Porter said the planning and zoning committee gave the proposed change an unfavorable recommendation. Several residents objected to the measures citing increased traffic and loss of property values.

A second reading will take place at a later date where council will vote on whether to pass it.

During the council meeting, a public hearing and a first reading took place on the modification of the rules relating to bed and breakfasts in the city. Porter told the council they were becoming increasingly popular across the country.

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“Some of the stipulations would mirror what our special use license is,” he said. “The requirements would not cause a parking or traffic problem or a fire hazard. One thing we’re going to change on that before you vote on it in a few weeks is a provision for certain security features. We will ensure that what we have is no less restrictive than what the existing residential building code requires.

Mayor Larry Forsythe reported on his recent trip to Branson to accept an outstanding community service award for the city from the Missouri Community Action Network, as recommended by the East Missouri Action Agency.

Farmington Mayor Larry Forsythe displays the Outstanding Community Service Award the town received from the East Missouri Action Agency and the Missouri Community Action Network.

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A public hearing and first reading was held to change the zoning from R-3: Single Family to C-3: Commercial District on the property located at 310 Potosi Street. A public hearing and first reading was also held to approve a final registration plate at Phase I of the Martin Creek Subdivision.

During committee reports, Councilor David Kennedy reported that Police Chief Rick Baker had given the committee the schedule of national days. The committee and council approved the hiring of Ryan Miller, Ethan Wadlow and Pierce Wynn as patrollers. The Committee and Board also approved continuation of the current policy regarding requirements for emergency access key boxes (Knox boxes).

Councilman Wayne Linnenbringer reported that the public works committee had approved acceptance of the stormwater pond near 1591 Henry Street. The board also agreed.

In the City Administrator’s report, Greg Beavers informed council that the city was considering the possibility of applying for grants to fund two electric vehicle charging stations – one at Long Memorial Hall and the other at the Annex of the courthouse. He also discussed TAP grant applications for various sidewalks.

In new business, the board passed resolution R14-2022 approving the assignment of an airport ground lease from Black Knight Air to First State Bancshares.

Resolution R15-2022 was approved for a Consent Abatement Order by and between the City of Farmington and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The city will compensate DNR for the death of certain fish downstream of a Water Park stormwater overflow in 2020.

Resolution R16-2022 was approved for a street festival deal for Country Days 2022.

In legislation, bills 08052022 and 09052022 were passed authorizing state block grant agreements with the Federal Aviation Administration.

A first reading was held on Bill 10052022 amending the municipal code regarding permit fees for excavations.

Mark Marberry is a reporter for Farmington Press and Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3629 or [email protected]

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