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Palmer City Council | News & Notes | June 15, 2010 by Joey G. Dauben
June 16, 2010, 4:11 am
Filed under: City of Palmer, Palmer City Council

Palmer City Council News & Notes
June 15, 2010
Compiled by Joey G. Dauben & Brannon Bridge

+ Took no action on making changes to an ordinance that required 80 percent masonry on new buildings in the city

+ Tabled Mark Walters’ request on adding a 4,000-square foot office building to be located at 590 N. Dallas St., next to the Precinct 1 road and bridge barn.

+ Voted 4-1 to take down the downtown water tower.

+ Corrected three ordinances (unanimously) dating back to 2005 involving Suzanne Holley’s property from a Planned Development to Single Family-3 zoning.

+ Adopted (unanimously) right-of-way offers from Jack Witt and the Palmer Independent School District for utility dedications and land.

+ Re-nominated Kenneth Bateman as mayor pro-tem.

+ Approved allowing a Midland company (TESSCO) to temporarily utilize 1601 N. I-45 for four months on a construction project that will segment a 17-mile electric transmission line from India, east of Ferris, to Reagor Springs. Company representative Kevin Smith said a light pole was already erected at the property that belongs to Alex Holley, whose landscaping business was burned by arsonists and is currently out of code, according to city council members. Smith said TESSCO needed to have electric service provided at the spot on I-45. He told the city council materials were already on location, as well as workers to perform the transmission lines. Councilman Jeff Vick noted the property was out of compliance. City Administrator Doug Young said running a construction zone runs counter to the city ordinances and would need to go before the planning and zoning commission. To get Holley’s building up to code, however, Young said the buildings and standards commission could force him to do so, but that process would take several months. The city council ultimately decided to allow the temporary non-enforcement of their ordinances to allow TESSCO to get the needed permit approval from P&Z. Young asked Smith in jest if TESSCO could take down the non-conforming burned out structure with him after the project is completed, at which point Councilwoman Dianne Drewery replied, “no joke.” Smith said it would take four months to complete the job, but six months total to have the area cleaned up.

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