May 21, 2007
Present: Council & Staff Present:
Ms. Alexander Les Smith, Mayor
Ms. Babich Carol Rudi, Councilman
Ms. Boor Wayne Beer, Councilman
Mr. Garnos Scott Wingerson, Assistant City Manager
Mr. Shevling David Ramsay, City Counselor
Ms. Suter Chris Helmer, Planning Specialist
Mr. Whitton Becky Jarrett, Administrative Assistant
Absent: Ms. Newsom
Item 2 on the Agenda: Pledge of Allegiance.
Vice-Chairman Shevling led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Item 3 on the Agenda: Approval of the April 16, 2007 minutes.
MOTION: By Ms. Abbott, second by Mr. Steffens to approve the April 16, 2007 minutes.
The minutes were approved as submitted.
Item 4 on the Agenda: Communications from the Audience.
Item 5 on the Agenda: CONSIDERATION of a Final Plat for
Mr. Wingerson reported that this plat simply provides the ability to sell each of the 18 units in a building that has already been constructed. Historically, and on previous plat applications, staff has looked at the declarations and they comply with State and local laws. Staff’s only condition is that the plat and the declarations be recorded simultaneously so that they stay together for the history of the property. Staff recommends approval of the plat.
Vice-Chairman Shevling asked if it is identical to the one the Commission approved last year.
Mr. Wingerson answered yes; it is the same.
Ms. Suter asked how many more there are to go.
Mr. Wingerson said that the parcel is an unusual tract. It has core zoning and therefore; is not a planned zoning. They have the ability, as long as they comply with the specific requirements, to self site plan those buildings. He thinks they could have one more. They could go all the way out east to Prospect, but staff thinks that is unlikely.
Ms. Abbott commented that she wishes they would improve the quality of the structures.
Mr. Boor said that
driving through there today, he couldn’t believe that
Ms. Alexander said it would take very little for the developer to make them more interesting.
Ms. Abbott commented that
she is going to vote against this because she doesn’t think
Vice-Chairman Shevling replied that the building is already built and the only thing the Commission would be doing is keeping them from selling the individual units and then they would have to be rental units.
Mr. Steffens agreed with Mr. Shevling that they are already built and that there is no advantage to not approving them.
Ms. Abbott said that she thinks it’s very interesting that the builder, Mr. Rose, never comes to any of these meetings.
MOTION: By Mr.
Steffens, second by Ms. Suter to approve the Final Plat of
Ms. Alexander Yes
Ms. Babich Yes
Ms. Boor Yes
Mr. Garnos Yes
Mr. Shevling Yes
Mr. Whitton Yes
Ms. Abbott Yes
Mr. Steffens Yes
The motion carried. (9-0 Yes)
Item 6 on the Agenda: PUBLIC HEARING: On a request for a Special Use Permit at
This application was continued at the applicant’s request prior to the meeting. They have requested to proceed to the June 18, 2007 Planning Commission meeting.
Item 7 on the Agenda: Communications from City Council and the City Staff.
Councilman Beer said that Bluesfest is just around the corner. If you would like to volunteer please contact Anita Newsom. Bluesfest is June 8th & 9th.
Councilman Rudi reminded the Commission of the ribbon cutting at the outdoor pool on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 11:30 am. She wished everyone a great holiday weekend and stay safe!
Mr. Helmer announced that tonight was the first meeting for the comprehensive plan steering committee. Tonight’s meeting laid the foundation for what the committee should expect as well as setting meeting times. They are in the process of looking into an appropriate way to conduct the community-wide survey, which the committee determined to be one of the most important things to address at the beginning of the process. Mr. Helmer said he will be summarizing the findings of the steering committee at the June 18th Planning Commission meeting.
Mr. Wingerson gave some updates from
the April 16th meeting. The
trailers at CVS that Ms. Newsom asked about are part of the remodel they are
working on inside the store. The shed
Item 8 on the Agenda: Communications from Planning Commission Members.
Ms. Suter said she has been a glutton for punishment lately. She is representing the Commission on the Comprehensive Plan Steering Commission and on the Payday Loan Task Force, so she has been to a number of meetings. She believes good progress is being made on both accounts. She said she did have one item of concern for the City. She has noticed, for whatever reason, that more people have been walking and therefore, running to cross N. Prospect because there’s no way to cross at the light. She’s concerned that someone is going to get hurt.
Ms. Alexander said she would like to thank the Council and the staff for struggling through the stupid meeting on the condemned basement. She’s been by there and there’s more junk and stuff around that property. She appreciates the fact that they spent all that time listening to someone who’s trying to sell it.
Ms. Babich asked who is responsible for cleaning the trash out of Rock Creek in Brooktree. There is a huge piece of turquoise Styrofoam in the tree area that needs to be removed.
Item 9 on the Agenda: Adjournment
Vice-Chairman Shevling adjourned the meeting at 7:45 P.M.
______________________________________ Approved as submitted _____
Becky Jarrett, Recording Secretary
______________________________________ Approved as corrected _____
James Shevling, Vice-Chairman