By SUE WATSON
A public hearing to rezone about 42 subdivision properties and about 65 parcels drew some interest at the Marshall County Board of Supervisors meeting, Monday.
Twenty-two properties were rezoned to Residential Estates land use districts while the others were rezoned to R-1.
Those with properties rezoned are asking for tighter restrictions on what types of residences can be built or placed on properties.
Residential Estates districts permit only site-built homes and provide stricter minimum lot and house sizes. R-1 subdivisions restrict new additions of mobile homes to double-wides, but single-wide mobile homes can be obtained by special exception.
The requests for rezoning reflect the property owners or developers desire to maintain property values through exclusion of or restriction of future mobile home use in districts RE and R-1.
Roger Baker, a resident on Bailey Drive, questioned whether existing mobile homes as grandfathered in, could be replaced with another mobile unit, or would have to be replaced with site-built ones.
Zoning director Conway Moore answered that worn out mobile homes would have to be replaced with site built homes.
Baker voiced concerns about deteriorating and not well maintained mobile homes and how they affect property values and the image of an area.
District 3 Supervisor Keith Taylor, whose district held most of the rezoning requests listed, said rezoning is not done to harm residents who have lived in the county for years.
Its not done to hurt them, he said.
Baker said he is concerned about how people would be affected who cannot afford to replace dilapidated dwellings in districts with restrictive residential uses.
What would people do if they couldnt afford to build a house if they lost their trailer? he asked.
You dont want to put a burden on people who live there or future people, Taylor said. All the county asks is to take care of what you have.
I do support rezoning and stabilization of neighborhoods, Baker said.
Ruth Vanlandingham asked supervisor Eddie Dixon and Moore to come view a subdivision across the road from her residence. She said she is concerned about cargo containers being used as storage houses on properties in her area.
The board voted unanimously to make the requested rezonings.
In waste collection matters, the board voted to hire Environmental Business Services to help with competitive bidding of the household garbage collection contract, up for renewal June 15.
Jim McNaughton, representing EBS, assured the board his company can help find a competitive bidder that delivers money savings to the county and value to service.
EBS agreed to manage the bidding process by advertising for a request for proposals (RFP) at a cost of $15,000 plus expenses.
He said the RFP includes eight items bidders are asked to respond to including a financial history, operations plan, collection routes and schedules, the number of drivers and supervisors to be made available and others.
This allows counties to negotiate all terms and all dollars, McNaughton said. Proposals will be ranked to assure exhaustive competition. Competition is good for price and level of service.
The board recessed until Monday, Feb, 27, at 4 p.m. when supervisors will meet again with EBS to discuss specifics the board wants to include in the RFP. The public is invited to attend.
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