Homewood City Council meeting, Dec. 3, 2012

Homewood City CouncilThe city council met briefly, recognized two Homewood elementary teachers for prestigious awards, and announced public hearings set for several nuisance cases heard Nov. 26 and continued to Dec. 17, as well as announced public hearings Jan. 14 to add a Community Garden category to the zoning plan, and amend setbacks and accessory structure requirements for residential areas. The city has entered negotiations to buy a house on Manhattan Street to demolish for construction staging during rec center rebuilding, later to be turned over to the park board.

Present: Council members Michael Hallman, Fred Hawkins, Vance Moody, Patrick McClusky, Walter Jones, Heather Reid, Jenifer Champ Wallis, Peter Wright, Richard Laws, and council president Bruce Limbaugh.

Mayor Scott McBrayer

Absent:  Councilman Britt Thames

Staff present: Linda Cook, city clerk, J.J. Bischoff, mayor’s chief of staff, Mike Kendrick, city attorney.

Public nuisance hearings continued to Dec. 17 for following properties:  718 Broadway; 809 Columbiana Rd.; 1001 Queensbury Rd.; 2827 16th Place So.

Public hearings previously set for Dec. 17 to consider following zoning recommendations: Add a Garden Ordinance to Article II; change the “accessory structure” definition and rules; change the setback requirements; several sign variances at 2610 19th Street So.

Approved referring the following matters to committees:  To Finance– Request to transfer $26,521 from capital projects fund to buy a maintenance dept. van; discuss purchase of property at Oak Grove and Oxmoor roads. To Public Works – request to put in underground utilities on an alley adjacent to 137 Rockaway Road.

Approved city appointments:  Downtown Redevelopment Authority, at large, Jason Lee; Historic Preservation Commission (Ward 1), Johnathon Wayne Thomason; Mental Health and Retardation Authority (at large), Donna Burgess; Board of Zoning Adjustment (Ward 2), Trey Schaefer; Industrial Development Board (at large), Tom Purdy; Commercial Development board, (Ward 4), Joe Stephens (council candidate ’12).

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