Sunday, August 11, 2013 —
A fairly light agenda for Tuesday’s Town of New London commissioners meeting was highlighted by a request to change the text in the current zoning ordinance.
A public hearing will take place 15 minutes before next month's meeting to get the public’s input on tweaking the ordinance. Johnny Chestnut made the motion and Dan Phillips seconded the process of having a public hearing to get citizens’ input.
The text change would take place so groups such as churches and civic groups won’t have to go through the town’s board of adjusters to get approval for putting up new buildings or adding on to existing property. The request was made after an inquiry involving Christ the King Academy and New Life Lutheran Church.
“The board of adjustment, which is appointed by this group, is a stand-alone body. They are appointed by the commissioners but they operate on their own,” said Mayor Calvin Gaddy, who brought up the inquiry in Tuesday’s meeting.
“When they consider these things, and they’ve done that a lot of times here, and do conditional approval, they make that decision and we don’t have anything to do with it. The planning committee, for example, when they reach their decision, they give it to the commissioners and it’s up to the final approval of the commissioners. So it’s a stand-alone board and it’s a board that operates good and we’ve used them on a lot of occasions, particularly in the R-20 district, which is strictly residential housing.
“Both the Baptist churches are in R-20, the Methodist church is in the business district, which is the same way. Those type buildings, if we change the zoning ordinance, then we won’t have to consider them each time. If a civic club, which probably isn’t going to happen, if they wanted to do a building in this area and any of those zones I talked about, they would not be able to do it without a conditional use permit.”
Gaddy said the public hearing would give residents the chance to speak for or against. Once that’s finished, the commissioners “will consider it and take action one way or another,” Gaddy said.
Other business on Tuesday included:
- The Depot Street pump has “objects” that have jammed the pump, Mayor Pro-Tem Bill Peak said. The electrical controls in the pump have burned up and a plumbing company tried to fix it with a new pump but it burned up also. Peak said an electrician worked on the box and another plumber will work to get another pump installed. Peak also pointed out a problem with the Spring Street pumping station generator not operating correctly after a one-hour power outage last weekend. Peak said the generator continued running non-stop until it ran out of gas. It was supposed to shut off when the power was cut off.
- Tree limbs are hanging over a portion of the road on Random Drive near the intersection of Austin Road Residents have complained of trucks and other large vehicles running into the limbs. Though the trees are on the respective owners’ properties but hanging over the street, the town can fix it. The town will get quotes to hire a service to cut the limbs.
- The Fall Festival will be Sept. 28 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in New London. Many of the same things involved with last year’s meeting will also be incorporated into this year’s event. Planning continues on putting the event together.
- Estimates will be received for the purchase of a new furnace on the town hall side of the municipal building after the board voted to accept bids for it.
- The board met in closed session for 15 minutes at the request of Chestnut, pursuant to General Statue 143-318.11(a)(9). No action was taken after the session.
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