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Date Posted: 13:03:03 12/03/17 Sun
Author: River Oaks Reporter
Subject: Synopsis of Nov 28, 2017 River Oaks City Council Meeting
The meeting started on time. All members present.
First action of council was they went into executive session for about 14 minutes. No word on what was said or done.
Next action taken was approval of the consent agenda.
Next item was appearance of Jimmy Reed of 940 Cody Court requesting adjustment of his water bill. To make a very, very long story short, he had several leaks in his pipes, including his own shut off value, but due to the city's shut off value not working either, the city agreed to give him an adjustment on his water bill. Normally the water bill for this apartment complex is under 1000.00. This water bill during the leak was 2700.00 Council agreed to give 1200.00 off the water bill.
Next item on the agenda was continued public hearing of Charles Clarke of Royal Granite and Floors on Jacksboro Hwy, the old vacuum cleaner building. He is requesting an exemption on the sign variance to cover up the screen around the top of the building, which the mayor was really pushing for. Council voted 4-1, Scott voted against, giving the variance to cover up the screens. This will make the building look much better.
Next was another public hearing on signage for the new business located across the street from city hall called La Michoacana Meat Market. The representative wants a larger sign than our code allows, but not by near as much as the flooring company did. The big issue council had was over the 3 Hispanic words which translated to English or basically TACOS, BAKERY, AND FRESH FRUIT. Council members Ashton and Butler felt the company is missing a big opportunity by not going by city code and have the English version underneath. The mayor questioned whether this company qualified for an exemption which they give if a company is a nation chain. The rep. stated they are in three states, but that didn't seem to impress the mayor. The rep. followed up with that they have over 200 stores which the other council members felt that it did meet the national chain rules. The final vote to allow this exemption was 3-2 with Scott and Butler voting against.
The next interesting item was to hear a discussion or action on the city abandoning 50 ft of right of way on the west 142 ft. of the 50 ft. right of way on Truman Drive behind the properties at 5404-5412 River Oaks blvd. requested by Chris Franks. This is 7000 ft of property of right of way. The city only recently decided to enforce the rules of the right of way. Mr. Franks has not yet purchased the property. His purchase is dependent on getting this right of way property. Mr. Franks also stated he is going to get rid of the dumpster and have on big dumpster on Gustav. At street of which the city just had a dumpster moved off of. He stated that he needed the right of way for business customer parking. His plans require more parking than they currently have. He was questioned about what kind of businesses he is bringing, but nothing was stated in open council. Neither was it stated exactly what kind of renovation he is going to make to the buildings. The mayor then stated he was pleased with what Mr. Franks is going to do with the property and now they would be taxes being paid on this 7000 sq ft of property. Nothing was said on whose is going to maintain the road in the rear, although the mayor stated the city would keep the access to that road. For those who don't know this is the strip shopping center that Jessie's Donuts, Little Nachos, and the Dry Cleaner, etc. Council approved the request pending his purchase of the property.
Next was a public hearing to receive citizen input for the re-plat in the J.J. Asbury Addition which is 1.361 acres of land into three separate individual lots for R-1 single family requested by JDJC Homes. This property is off Sam Calloway and Asbury Drive,. The only real question council had was whether they are going to build houses on the property. One of the developers said they are going to flip the property, but the other developer (he lives in the city)stated he is going to buy one piece of the property and build a house for himself. Council approved even though Planning and Zoning denied the request.
Council approved extending the time for closing the library from Dec 4th through Jan 2 due to additional painting and carpet throughout the building.
Council approved Ordinance 1173-2017 to expend dollar funds from the library for this additional carpet and painting. 10,400.00.
Council approved Ordinance 1161-2017. This is an ordinance for zoning rules for outside storage of personal property. This ordinance was re-written by the city attorney and had to have some more adjustments during this council meeting. One thing that was changed was the terms "viewed from the street." In other words, you could have something in your backyard that is not allowed in the front and if they can see it from the street it is not allowed. That part was dropped. There was a part about swing sets within view was dropped. They kept the rules for the front and side yards of things that cannot be stored outside. The city is basically not allowing you to use any part of your front of side yard as storage unless you are temporarily remodeling. Some examples were: BBQ grills in the front yard, inside couches and chairs, building material, etc, etc, just about anything cannot stored in your front of side yard. The zoning official stated their are some people in this city that have personal property stored outside that they will never do anything with. After some discussion and adjustments this issue finally passed.
Council approved Ordinance 1174-2017 amending the fiscal year general budget allowing the fire dept. to use its dollar funds to purchase some updated radios for the fire dept. 4000.00
Next item was update on substandard building. The shortest list I've seen in years. Down to six and three of them looked like they'll be off the list real soon.
During the public forum part of the meeting nobody had anything to share. The mayor stated it would be nice if some citizens showed up to the Dec 5th. Town Hall Meeting to discuss the Meandering Road Project. He thanked the only two people who showed up to the last Town Hall Meeting and blasted those who didn't show up who always claim they are not informed on what is going on in the city. He said they have these meetings and the citizens don't show up.
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