Six different ordinances were the topics on the agenda at the Cherokee Village City Council's working meeting held Jan. 6 at Cherokee Village City Hall.
The city council performed the second reading of Ordinance No 2009- D/F as the first order of business at the working meeting. This ordinance is an amendment to an older ordinance approving and adopting certain zoning documents and technical codes formally known as The Cherokee Village Zoning Code. This ordinance primarily establishes permit fees and penalties for violation of zoning codes, among other purposes.
The other two ordinances which received the second reading by council included Ordinance No. 2009-D and F. Both are related to the city's attempt to annex certain lands known as Big Oak Estates Subdivision and a 160 acre island in Cherokee Village, both of which are completely surrounded by the limits of Cherokee Village.
This topic was met with much discussion from Alderman Peter Martin who did not understand why the city was reading the second reading of this annexation ordinance at a working meeting, one at which the public is not normally present. Another question brought forth by the proposed ordinance is a possible conflict with an existing ordinance as was outlined by Alderman Billie Shelton. The concern comes from an older existing ordinance prohibiting the firing of firearms within the city limits. One of the areas proposed to annexed was a hunting area and the annexation will still allow hunters to shoot from the property as it will be zoned as a Rec 1B if annexed. An audience member also spoke about the issue saying that there are also state laws regarding shooting within a designated distance of residences.
Martin said, "What benefit does it (the proposed annexation) have to anyone in Cherokee Village? We are giving them (the residents of the land to be annexed) services others pay for on their assessments." Martin said the city council should fix the proposal, "Before pushing it through." He asked what the rush was to get this annexation passed.
The council read the annexation proposal ordinances for the second reading with both Martin and Shelton voting no on the approval as read.
In unfinished business, Ordinance No. 2009-G was postponed. This was an ordinance to establish separate offices for the city clerk and treasurer for the city. The ordinance outlined that the treasurer be an appointed position. After discussion, the issue was tabled.
Much discussion ensued among council members when discussing Ordinance No. 2009-H, which would establish a rate of compensation for the mayor and city clerk. The main discussion was the wording of the ordinance and members of council agreed the wording must be changed to reflect both a dollar amount for each office as well as to clarify the pay rate would be a base rate subject to raises but not decreases. Members Stokes, Martin and Shelton voted no on the issue. This will be readdressed at a later meeting.
In new business, Street Superintendent David Crayne presented to council his proposal to continue cleaning the right of ways within Cherokee Village. Crayne said there are nearly 400 miles that need cleaned of debris within the city, many he said are blind intersections. Crayne told council he would continue with the cleaning of main thorough fares, then collector areas followed by smaller residential areas. He said there is a displaced workers grant available that would provide eight jobs. He said they would have to sign a waiver to rehire laid off ice storm temporary workers. Crayne said the grant pays for the first six months if the city will pay for the following six months. He also told council the city is still expecting money from FEMA for the ice storm, so that is money that could go toward the workers. He said the workers can also work on road crew and potholes but they must learn some type of skill that could make them viable workers after they complete the program. Crayne also told city council that sometime in the spring months he would be asking for money for a piece of equipment.