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Hallsville’s aldermen annex and rezone

Posted on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:20 am

During their November 20 meeting, Board of Aldermen voted to:

  • annex residential property
  • pass a rezoning request to accommodate a business
  • established a buffer zone for any potential medicinal marijuana businesses
  • approved a two percent increase in collection rates from Dayne’s Wasted Disposal, making the rate $15.01 from $14.75 for the residents.

Hallsvlle Police Chief Bryan Schultz, left, helping at the annual Hallsville Halloween Trunk or Treat.

The also heard discussions on the impending exit of City Attorney John Whiteside, the possible sale of the city’s sewer system, Greg Buckman’s easement concerns and city staff reports.

Regarding the annexation, the aldermen voted unanimously to annex, at the owners’ request, the Fowler property on North Ricketts Road.

Ben Fowler, speaking at the meeting said he and his wife hope to open a weekend business there, which he described as a “small wedding venue.”

The rezoning request concerned Play N’ Learn Preschool. According to the meeting minutes, owner Teri Gini said she was retiring and selling the business after 25 years. She said her business had been grandfathered in with a condition use permit in the are which is zoned “Two-family dwelling.” She asked the property be rezoned “General commercial,” so whoever purchcases the business is able to continue the business cannot be denied a conditional use permit.

At least one alderman, Carli Carmack, agreed, noting the high demand for childcare.

Other aldermen had concerns regarading parking space and sidewalk congestion. Gini said 20 cars currently park on her two lots. After more discussion the motion passed, 3-1, with Alderman Trynton Roberts voting against.

They unanimously passed a motion establishing a 1,000-foot buffer between any potential marijuana businesses and 1,000-feet from local, state, and federal buildings, childcare,

churches and educational facilities.

Under the heading of staff reports, Bryan Schultz, chief of the Hallsville Police Department said the department had 76 total

calls and activities for the month of October. There were 20 total summons issued for the month and no

accidents.

He also said during the recent county-wide drug take-back Hallsville residents brought in 43 pounds of unused medications.

Public Works Superintendent Dan McCaleb gave his department’s October report. He said in the past month his department erected a new playground in Tribble Park and applied mulch. He said here were two more borders that needed to be installed around the new playground equipment.

City Administrator Kenyetta Ridgway-Sample gave her administration report as well. It included:

  • $7,268.58 collected for October sales tax