Confusing Zoning Requests Makes For Lengthy Meeting
Councilman Wade Lnenicka: “I like the idea of changing the signs in some way of giving people a point of reference or a way to find additional information.’’
“The City of Smyrna has not been immune to the rising cost of fuel,’’ said City Administrator Eric Taylor. “We have seen an increase of 55-percent and 46-percent in fuel costs in the last two years.’’
Sanitation is self-funding and several members of the council expressed the idea that the surcharge would be revisited in the future as fuel prices fluctuate.
“We will take every look at this and if fuel charges come down, we can lower it, even if we can’t eliminate it,’’ said Councilman Mike McNabb.
It is the goal for the surcharge, which will take effect May 1, to help Smyrna’s sanitation to continue maintaining its self-funding status.
Also effective May 1, swim lesson and Tolleson Pool rental fees were increased by the council.
The majority of the two-and-a-half hour meeting was spent on a trio of public hearings involving zoning amendment requests for housing. There were those in attendance opposed to all three requests, however two were ultimately resolved when those who opposed learned what the requests actually entailed.
A third request was tabled until it could be discussed more thoroughly by all parties involved early next week. But clearly, there was confusion throughout the meeting.
The council agreed that zoning request signs plopped into the ground could provide a better source of information and in turn save time explaining requests come meeting time.
“Clearly in hindsight, we should’ve done a better job of communicating what’s going on,’’ said Councilman Wade Lnenicka. “I like the idea of changing the signs in some way of giving people a point of reference or a way to find additional information.’’
Councilwoman Teri Anulewicz agreed.
“The signs pop up from time to time and they’re written in code,’’ she said. “Anything that can make the process as clear as possible is going to be a good thing.’’