An audience of 14 pushed social distancing norms at the September 28 meeting of the Sturgeon Board of Aldermen.
Lot splits, above-ground swimming pools, storage containers and storm water were among topics discussed by the aldermen that evening.
They approved and Nathan Morgan’s request for a lot split and Jesse Baily’s request to rezone his 1.45-acre lot at Sterling Meadows for a multiple family retirement development. Baily’s request was tabled until the board saw documentation that he had a plan that meets all city ordinances.
They discussed and approved Michael Smith’s pool, installed in 2016. There were concerns regarding the height of the surrounding fences and bushes. “It was kind of silly to require a 48-inch fence to protect a 52-inch tall pool.” He said he was looking for an alternative to the city regulation requiring full enclosures.”
He said there were 21 pools in Sturgeon. “There have been quite a few letters of violation sent,” responded Sturgeon Mayor Steve Crosswhite. “What he is asking,” Crosswhite said, “is he taking enough precautions to not need the fence.”
Crosswhite said the city, as a governing body, has to be careful when allowing exceptions.
“You all as the governing body has to decide if Mr. Smith has done enough to fulfill the spirit of the regulation. If you allow it, you must be able to explain why you allowed his and not another.”
Smith said he intended to extend the current privacy fence. The board unanimously voted that was sufficient.
Justin Morgret asked the aldermen about city regulations regarding storage containers. He asked if the regulations were targeting containers due esthetics concern. He said he purchased the 8 x 20 storage container to use as a storage shed.
For the complete article, see October 7, edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.