The council will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 13, for a work session to discuss the feasibility study for a new public safety building, and hear from the police chief. That, and the planned appearance by Hoover YouTube sensation Ricky Dillon on June 8 at Books-A-Million were the top news items in tonight’s brief meeting.
Members present: Michael Hallman, Britt Thames, Fred Hawkins, Vance Moody, Walter Jones, Patrick McClusky, Barry Smith, Alex Wyatt, Richard Laws and council president Bruce Limbaugh. Also present was Homewood Mayor Scott McBrayer.
Members absent: Peter Wright
Staff present: City attorney Mike Kendrick, mayor’s chief of staff J. J. Bischoff, Melody Salter, interim city clerk, with assistants, and Vanessa McGrath, Engineering and Zoning Department.
Audience present: 6
Approved meeting minutes for April 25 and May 9, 2016.
Dropped by consent a 7 foot driveway variance requested on Oxmoor Road. No reason given.
Set June 13 public hearing before rezoning annexed parcels: The setting of public hearings continues on the agenda from the last meeting and concerns the proposed rezoning on four recently annexed commercial properties facing Lakeshore Drive:
- Circle K at 1250 Columbiana Road – From Jeffco C-1 to Homewood C-2 (Neighborhood Shopping District)
- One West Associates at #1 West Lakeshore Drive – from Jeffco C-1 to Homewood C-2.
- Southeast Medical Homewood, LLC, at 35 West Lakeshore Drive – From Jeffco Preferred Commercial to Homewood C-1 (Office Building District)
A total of 9 parcels mainly in West Homewood were annexed last year from unincorporated Jefferson County to prevent another “digital billboard” or other undesirable development from springing up on loosely regulated county land. Following a prescribed process, the Planning Commission has heard all the cases first, including some opposition, before recommending these three be rezoned–a decision to be made by the council. The city has halted the process temporarily for the for one of the properties, a fireworks business on Green Springs owned by Adamsville Mayor Pam Palmer, who is objecting to the annexation that has rendered her business illegal under Homewood law. Also set for rezoning are five Citation Court properties that will be heard on June 27. These properties also met some opposition in the Planning Commission hearing when an owner objected that he hadn’t been informed of the annexation. Those cases are now moving forward, however.
The annexations were accomplished by act of the state legislature last summer during the special session. The first attempt failed to get out of committee when sponsor Jabo Waggoner said a Buffalo Rock property on Citation must be removed. That done, the second submission succeeded.
Set June 27 hearing to rezone properties annexed last year on Citation Court: The five properties to be rezoned to Homewood M-1, Light Manufacturing include four owned by Bobby Ward or a company he heads at 129, 137, 159, and 167 Citation Court, and one owned by Henry Tyler at 209 Citation Court.
Set June 13 public hearings before considering changes to residential zoning ordinance approved earlier by the Planning Commission: The proposed changes were detailed in the April 5, 2016 meeting.
Prohibited parking on Oxmoor Circle: Following a petition from neighboring businesses on the West Homewood industrial area, the city banned parking inside the circle. It will be posted by signs and street markings.
To Planning and Development and Finance – To consider building barriers on both sides of I-65 within city limits.
Special Issues – To consider 1) An amended tree preservation ordinance; and 2) A fence variance at 600 Hambaugh Avenue.
Set a June 13 public hearing for a fence variance on Hambaugh: The address is 600 Hambaugh Avenue. The matter will be discussed in committee first, see above.
Approved a Brookwood mall street closing: Brookwood Village Street will be closed June 8, 2016, from 1-9 p.m., for a Books-A-Million event featuring the YouTube sensation Ricky Dillon of Hoover, and other musicians.
Paid the bills: Invoices for the period May 9-13, 2016 were approved to be paid.
In announcements, Mr. Jones noted the passing last week of beloved former Edgewood Elementary teacher and principal Shannon Burgess, of an extremely rare form of bone cancer, osteosarcoma.