PUBLIC HEARING, BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN

MARCH 11, 1999, THURSDAY, 6:00 P.M., TOWN HALL

 

Mayor Charles Knapper, Aldermen Tommy Dugger and Parman Henry, Recorder Cindy Lancaster and one citizen were present.

 

Mayor Knapper began the public hearing at 6:10 p.m.

 

Mayor Knapper noted that this was a public hearing for the annexation that is in Ordinance #99-01 and Ordinance #99-02. The Mayor opened the floor for any comments. For these ordinances there was no comment.

 

Mayor Knapper then addressed Ordinance #99-05, an ordinance to amend the zoning ordinance in regards to tree planting. Alderman Henry noted that he felt everyone had heard his opinion on this ordinance and opened the floor for public comment. Mr. Rob Pease, Chairman of the Planning Commission noted that this Commission wanted to achieve a canopy appeal. Mr. Pease had pictures for the Board to view. He also acknowledged Alderman Henry’s concern in regards to the visibility and safety issue. He requested that the board consider placing the street tree policy on lower design speed streets. Streets with a design speed of greater than 35 mph to have trees planted at least 10’ from the street.

 

Alderman Henry asked where the underground utilities were placed in the picture examples. Mr. Pease stated that they would be out of the right of way approximately 20’.

Alderman Henry expressed his concern as being the roots cracking the roads and sidewalks. Once this is done it is the cities responsibility for repair. Mayor Knapper asked if the town would be able to determine the types of trees that would not have low hanging limbs and foliage for safety purpose.

 

Mr. Pease requested “an average of 50’ apart with no spacing greater than 75’ between two trees.” Alderman Henry noted that this ordinance stated that “shall be planted on the lot side of the sidewalk.” Mr. Pease stated he would assist in re-writing this ordinance to clear this issue.

 

Mayor Knapper then addressed ordinances 99-06, 99-10, 99-11, and 99-12. There was no Board or public comment.

 

The public hearing concluded at 6:40 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted, Approved,

 

 

 

Cindy Lancaster Charles Knapper

Town Recorder Mayor