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September 16, 2014
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Zoning changes discussed by Greenville City Council

GREENVILLE – Greenville City Council will soon see legislation to change zoning on a couple of addresses from Neighborhood Business to General Business. A public hearing was held May 6 during the regular meeting of council.

Prior to the issue coming to council, Greenville Planning and Zoning Commission narrowly approved the plan to change the zoning at 511 Memorial Drive (formerly Parkside Drive-Thru) and 900 East Main Street (Marco’s Pizza) with a 3-2 vote. Mayor Michael Bowers was one of the commission members against the change. He pointed out Neighborhood Business zoning is in place to be a buffer between General Business and residential areas.

Brian and Yolanda Geis of Geis Enterprises are the owners of the properties in question. They have a couple of businesses interested in the drive-thru property, but under current zoning neither would be able to operate at that location. According to Yolanda, Miller Signs and Kelly Asphalt have expressed interest in the location. It was also pointed out another drive-thru could not go into that building because Neighborhood Business zoning does not allow for that type of business.

Councilman John Baumgardner questioned the possibility of light industrial or an auto repair shop going into the facility if zoning is changed to General Business. Brian informed council there wasn’t enough parking or space for either type of business.

Council agreed to prepare legislation to change the zoning with a 5-2 vote. Dissenting votes were cast by Tracy Tryon and Baumgardner.

In other business, council:

* heard a request from Safety/Service Director Curt Garrison asking for an additional $250,000 in capital improvement fund for improvements on Fair and Jackson Streets. The additional funds would leave the city with $875,000 in capital improvement funds. According to Tryon, finance committee chairman, even with the additional appropriation the city would be able to make its financial commitments for capital improvements, including one to Whirlpool. Council approved the ordinance.

* approved a resolution approving an agreement for the Community Housing Improvement Program with Darke County. The city has a better chance of receiving funds if it teams up with the county. The Darke County Commissioners would be responsible for overseeing the program. If the funds are received, the city could see over $300,000;

* approved a resolution authorizing the safety/service director to apply for Darke County Community Development Block Grant funds. These funds would be used for the Reid Hospital Paving Improvement Project; and

* approved an agreement with the Darke County Fairboard for a sanitary sewer project linking the new beef barn to the sanity sewer and waving the tap fee.

The next regular meeting of Greenville City Council will be May 20, 7:30 p.m., Municipal Building.

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