Rezoning request and other discussed during monday nights City Council meeting

In a public hearing on a request to rezone property on Beasley Drive, Planning and Zoning Director Jason Pilkinton said Park Investment Partners of Madison, Mississippi, plans to build a 147-unit apartment complex. The rezoning is from B-3 (highway commercial) to R-3 (high-density residential PUD). As a Planned Unit Development, approval of the rezoning also includes approval of the master development plan. Bill Hardin of Park Investment Partners said the developer plans to spend about $100,000 per unit for a total investment of more than $14 million. Hardin said the development will have one-bedroom units with an estimated rent of $950/month, two-bedroom at $1,200/month and three-bedroom at $1,400/month, depending on the market prices at the time of opening. No one else spoke during the public hearing. The rezoning passed unanimously on first reading with a second and final reading scheduled for March 3. No date was given for the start of construction. Pilkinton said the complex will connect to the rear of Autumn Park with access off Beasley Drive west of Cowan Road.

The rezoning of three properties on East Walnut Street from M-1 (light industrial) to R-2 (medium-density residential) passed on second and final reading by vote of 7-1.

The rezoning of five properties on Sylvis Street from B-2 (central business) to R-2 (medium-density residential) passed on second and final reading by a vote of 7-1.

An ordinance to abandon any rights to an unopened alley between Freeman Avenue and Bryant Avenue passed unanimously on second and final reading.

The renewal of a Certificate of Compliance for Randy Roth of Scottish Shield Liquors passed 7-0 with Councilman Dwight Haynes abstaining. Retail liquor stores must renew their state-issued license every two years, which requires a Certificate of Compliance from the city.

The council unanimously passed a resolution calling for the Dickson County Election Commission to schedule a municipal election for Sept. 26, 2019. The office of mayor and one seat on the City Council from each ward are scheduled to be on the ballot.

The council unanimously approved an ordinance to amend the Municipal Code to authorize the appointment of a Judge Pro Tempore to hear cases in which the City Judge has a conflict or cannot hear for any reason. The ordinance faces a second vote March 3.

Matt Wood of Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs presented the city’s 2017-18 financial audit. Wood said the City of Dickson is the healthiest city financially of any city he audits. As of June 30, 2018, the city had a fund balance of approximately $15.8 million, which is more than 70 percent of its annual operating expenses. Wood said cities are recommended to maintain a fund balance of 25 percent. The council will vote to accept the audit at its March 3 meeting.

The council unanimously approved the purchase of a zero-turn Kubota mower for the Cemetery Department at a cost of $12,723.94 from Dickson Farm Sales.

The council unanimously approved a request to install two stop signs at the intersection of Patterson Street and South Main Street. Council Horace Perkins said residents in the area requested the intersection be made into a three-way stop.

Mayor Weiss deferred scheduled appointments to the March 3 meeting.

With the Finance and Management Committee meeting scheduled for Presidents Day, Mayor Weiss cancelled the meeting for February.

Mayor Weiss announced the next Dickson City Council meeting will be 7 pm Monday, March 3, 2019.