Zoning issue approved in Butterfield

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Butterfield City Council approved a zoning variance at its regularly scheduled meeting on May 12.

Mike Young addressed the aldermen concerning plans he has developed for a housing addition that would be located on the north side of the city. He is working to re-plat around 15 acres of his property to support the construction of 36 residential houses and 10 commercial lots.

Young provided the council with maps of the proposed development. He asked the aldermen to grant him a variance on a lot that is located on the corner of Chestnut and 10th Streets.

According to Butterfield Planning and Zoning regulations, builders must construct a commercial building 50 feet away from Chestnut and 10th Streets, which would not leave adequate room for a commercial building, said Young. He asked the alderman to grant a variance for the lot that would change the requirement to 40 feet.

After some discussion and a review of Young's preliminary plans, the council approved Young's request. Young will need to hire a surveyor to finish the re-plat map and submit the documents to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the city council for final approval.

During departmental reports, City Clerk Georgia Wenell reported that she has applied for flood damage assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Funds received will be used to repair damage that was done to city streets and roads in April.

Wenell asked the aldermen if they wanted to request bids for the street repairs or direct the city's part-time employees to complete the project. The aldermen decided that, due to the number of projects currently being completed by part-time employees, the project would need to be bid out.

Wenell also suggested the council raise the city's water deposit for rental property from $150 to $200. The current fee only covers two months of minimum usage charges. The aldermen stated that they would take the suggestion under consideration and discuss the issue further at a future meeting.

In old business, the council received two bids for banking services. Bid requests were sent to five banks but only Freedom Bank of Southwest Missouri and Commerce Bank responded to the request.

After reviewing the bids, the aldermen voted to accept the bid for banking services received from Freedom Bank.

In other business, the Butterfield City Council:

* Discussed 911 addressing issues.

* Approved a $450 expense for an odometer and a $130 expense for a new siren speaker for the city's police car.

* Postponed discussion on a request to vacate Front Street at Fifth Street and the implementation of building codes until the June council meeting.

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