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May 15, 201 i~il ~dil i!iiiii!i!i~i!!!!!!!!!!i!~ !!!!!i !iiii!;~!iiii~ ~ iiiiii il: votes: 46 Williams opens fire on a fleei car inan unsuccessful a mpt to deflate its tire? Is that really the escalation of By Richard Dumas Monroe County Commis- sioners rejected developer Otis Ingram's request to re-zone a 4.63-acre tract on Estes Road to make way for a service sector business. Ingram asked commis- sioners to re-zone the prop- erty just west of 1-475 from residential to commercial so he can sell the property for commercial use. Ingram said although his tract is still zoned residential, he used the site as additional office and storage space for his business for a decade from 2006-16. He said the site, which includes a metal office building and a storage building with four 25-foot roll-up doors, is hardly vis- porter tract. Ward said Ingram's request was the very defini- tion of spot zoning, and he worried that its approval would bring more commer- cial businesses to the area. Whittle Road resident Miller Edwards said Ingram might already have been in violation of the county ordinance by operating his business on a residentially- zoned tract. Edwards said he's concerned about what else might occur on the tract should it be re-zoned. Lentz Road resident Robert Garza said he's concerned about safety on Estes Road should more big trucks traverse the curvy; narrow road. Estes Road resident Chris Spence said the nearby landscaping business has ible from the road. been able to operate on a vc esi 36 Ingram also noted that a residential tract because : former county zoning of- Weather is HOT. landscape business, Ever- green Landscaping, has been ricer John Kutscher told him world great t0 eat !!! operating for years across that a building being erected the street from his tract even by the previous owner was Ummmi Will owr though that property is also just a barn. Spence said by zoned residential. While the time the current owner, Evergreen, bought the site, it was akeady being used com- merciaUy. Klopfer Road resident Stacey Nestor urged com- missioners to reject Ingram's request because an office building wouldn't bring in additional tax revenue. Estes Road resident Chuck Thompson said neighbors moved to the area to "escape commercialization" Thomp- son said area residents are in solidarity opposing Ingram's request and said they would be willing to mobilize and take further action should commissioners approve it. Whittle Road resident Vaughan Smith agreed with Garza that Estes Road is too dangerous for commercial trucks while Estes Road resi- Ingram maintained that a re- zoning to commercial would not hurt neighbors' property values, he said he would be willing to keep the property residential ffhe could get Ty didn't do the dogs a variance for the buyer to right. He let his pride operate the site asabusiness. get in the way. votes: 10 However, county attorney Ben Vaughn said there's, BREAKING NEWS: Doe- no option in the countys furs have found a cure residential zoning ordinance for Trump Derangement for commercial use. Syndrome - leave the Eight neighbors spoke out country, votes: 9 in opposition to Ingrams request. Estes Road resident Stacey Abrams als Clint Ward said there are K~tuc~'Derby until 28 homes as well as a 30- Republicans ch~ the results, votes: 8 I wish Iwas the biggest a BEING A BILLIONAIRE!I! votes: 6 home subdivision between Ingr 's property and the Bolingbroke commercial district and 136 homes and eight more subdivisions on the west side of Ingram's dent Ian Payne said it's not dear what size trucks would be using the road. When given a chance to respond, Ingram said large hay trucks pulling trailers with horses already frequently drive on Estes Road. Ingram then made his final plea to commissioners, saying he's estimated the replacement value for his ex- isting buildings at the site at $875,000. He said he never would have built buildings on site if he'd known he wouldn't be able to sell them. "I don't want to hurt anybody's property val- ues, and quite frankly my opinion is it's not going to hurt anybody's property values ' Ingram said. "I'm going to be the one that's financially damaged ffthe board votes against me to do this because I'm going to be left holding my property without an option for selling it unless I sell it for a severe discount? District 4 commissioner George Emami, a real estate agent, recused himself from Ingram's hearing because he initially agreed to list the site for the developer before they realized it would need to be re-zoned prior to a commer- cial sale. With Emami on the sidelines, commission chairman Greg Tapley ex- plained to the audience that commissioners couldn't ini- tially make a motion to deny because if the vote tied 2-2, then Ingram's request would automatically be accepted. Instead, Tapley called for a motion to approve, which District 3,sommissioner John Ambrose made and was seconded by District 2 commissioner Eddie.Row- land. Tapley then called for a vote, and none of the four commissioners raised their Enough about Venezu- vote votes: 6 Thanks for clarifying that P. Duster didn't vote on all areas at the BOE. She doesn't really seem that much into the job. votes: 6 It's a fire:station for goodness sakes. All they need is a place to fire trucks, a place to sleep and akitc to cook and eat inl "Eat till they get sleepy and sleep fill they get hun: gry" votes: 5 It's sad when a morn is so overprotective and controlling that she thinks, speaks and ' of her kid's life. High Road dispute turns heated A long-simmering dispute between High Road neighbors and an adjacent grading busi- ness erupted into open hostility on Saturday, leading to two arrests. High Road resident Logan Cobb, 21, called the Monroe County JOHNSTON sheriff's office on Saturday to report that his neighbor, Wesley Johnston, 38, had run him offthe road when he tried to pass. Cobb said Johnston was trying to back a load in his truck into lohnston's driveway so Cobb tried to pass him on Saturda But Cobb said when he did, Johnston drove toward Cobb, forcing him offthe road. When deputy Nicholas Ortiz arrived, he took both men to jail, charged them with disorderly conduct. Another resident reported that Johnston was cursing at him in the road and told Monroe County commission- ers that if they didn't do COBB something about John- ston, he would. Neighbor complaints had prompt- ed commissioners to censure Johnston on April 2 for violating the terms of a variance the county had given him in 2017 to oper- ate his grading business, Jr. and Sons, at his home at 394 High Road. They put him on a five-year probation and warned him not to continue violating the terms, including no operating on weekends or after 10 p.m. Continued from Front voted 3-1 to turn the fire sta- tion project over to Hedges. Commission chairman Greg Tapley exited the meet- ing shortly after the closed session and did not vote Page 3A hands. Rowland said he was opposed because it was not known who would buy the tract from Ingram and what the new owner intended to do with it. Ambrose said he too opposed Ingram's request, saying it constituted spot zoning. With none of the commissioners vot- ing to approve, the request was rejected. With all four commissioners then in agreement, Tapley called for a new motion to provide a clear resolution. 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Emami, who reiterated the decision to replace Evans was not a personal slight, said, "Based on the size of this organization (county government), we need to become less in certain areas so that we can function more efficiently' Emami said problems oc- cur when county employees view the commissioners as rive different bosses and said the government would run more smoothly ffemployees just reported to Hedges, Emami said, %T&T, Apple, name any big com- panies, the board members are supposed to be navigat- ing from 30,000 feet, and so from my perspective I feel like we need to move in that direction. It has nothing to do with anybody personallf After about 25 minutes of discussion, commissioners Backyare SAVE OFF 478 787 8000 Car + Home = See me for Car and Home Insurance and save, State Farm'~ Steve Osborne, Agent 80 Martin) I u|her Kin~) Jr Drive ~,l~s: 478 9,q,4 I~41 Ste, V osborn,cgrt.@state am'~ c ~tn LIKE A GOOD NEIGHBOR, ST, VFE FARM IS THERE. 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