Thursday, February 28, 2008
Cable franchise changing
By SUE WATSON
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry and the Holly Springs Board of Aldermen wrapped up paperwork to allow Metrocast Communications to take over the cable television franchise from Vista III Media.
Helping complete the deal, Vista presented the city with the last installment on about $74,000 it agreed to pay in uncollected fees, following an audit.
An agreement of $20 service lease per pole, effective March 1, 2009, has also been agreed upon.
Metrocast will assume the franchise under the same agreement as Vista Media until the contract expires in 2011.
Next up on the agenda was John Collins, general manager of the utility department, with several requests, including travel for employees for training seminars.
Collins asked the board to approve a service and maintenance agreement with Airoflo to tackle problems with aerators at the city’s lagoon. Dissolved oxygen is essential for microbes to complete the breakdown of nutrients in lagoon water. Without adequate air, the nutrients are only partly decomposed causing stagnation of the water and odor problems.
Aldermen approved the extension of a loan agreement with a local bank in order to keep the Chatham Heights sewer project on schedule. A meeting to open bids was scheduled for 2 p.m. March 25 at City Hall.
USDA Rural Development and Community Development Block Grant monies are being used to help fund the project.
Felicia Autry, administrative coordinator for the city planning commission, answered questions about zoning at a mobile home community at Rising Star after a request to change the zoning from mobile home use to R15 zoning.
“The whole side of town over there is R15,” she said.
Alderman Nancy Hutchens reminded the board that the neighborhood wanted the area zoned for mobile home use to provide affordable housing situations to those who could not afford to build houses.
In the past, zoning ordinances provided that homeowners could replace a mobile home unit with another one under a hardship clause.
The zoning cannot be changed to R15 without a public hearing and canvass of the neighborhood.
“The question is, do you want mobile homes?” said DeBerry.
He said mobile homes could be phased out by not allowing them to be replaced as they become uninhabitable.
Harvey Payne presented the argument that property values go down when a mobile home is placed on a lot.
“Some houses are going in there now,” said alderman Russell Johnson.
The discussion then led to whether to include this potential rezoning on the revised zoning ordinances recently proposed by a city consultant and ready for adoption by the board next month.
DeBerry suggested the matter be put on the agenda for the month of March.
“The whole development of that side of town depends on how you vote on it,” he said.
The matter was referred back to the planning commission without action.
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