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Hearing to be held on zoning, safety helmets

June 19, 2012

Richard Corey

At its meeting today, the Starkville Board of Aldermen will hold two public hearings, discuss funding possibilities for Carver Drive ditch improvements and consider allowing construction of a multi-family residential use building replacing one that burned down earlier this year in the Summer Chase apartment complex.

Citizens will have the opportunity to offer input on a proposal to amend the city’s safety helmet ordinance as well as a proposal to change the city’s zoning ordinance to include exemptions for non-conforming residential rebuilding requirements.

This is the second public hearing to be held for the safety ordinance, which currently mandates all cyclists to wear helmets when riding in the city. The amendment would be to allow for riders who are at least 16 years old to ride without a helmet without the risk of being fined.

Ward 4 Alderman Richard Corey said he was pleased with the amount of citizen input offered when the first public hearing was held on the ordinance on May 1.

“I thought the first public hearing was very informative. The first time this issue came up it was passionate for some people,” Corey said. “Whether it’s the helmet issue or any other matter of public hearing, I always hope the public will remain vigilant and involved.”

The suggested amendment to the zoning ordinance would allow for the rebuilding, repairing or restoring of any residential structure damaged by a fire or other causes to any extent of its market value, even if not conforming to the ordinance’s regulations.

Ernest Minor is requesting approval to rebuild a four-unit apartment structure at Summer Chase apartments on Carver Drive to replace the one that was destroyed by fire in January. The rebuild would consist of one two-story wood framed structure consisting of four two-bedroom, two-bathroom units.
Ward 7 Alderman Henry Vaughn placed discussion of Carver Drive drainage improvements on the agenda.

This will be the first board discussion held on the matter since the board voted against applying for a grant that would have provided funding to pipe and cover the street’s ditch. At the June 5 meeting, the board heard citizen comments from several residents on Carver Drive asking for board members to reach an agreement on how the ditch should be fixed.

Also under consideration is a calling for a public hearing on an ordinance to create regulations for outdoor displays and yard sales. One of the regulations would disallow the display of items for sale in a residentially-zoned district unless a yard sale is taking place.

It would also prohibit displaying items for more than three days and would only allow for 12 hours display each of those days.

It mandates that any items left after the end of the sale be removed or packed so that they’re not visible from any roadway.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the city hall courtroom.

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