City Council to take up annexation zoning Tuesday, call elections
Bruce Alsobrook | News-Telegram Editor

Feb. 4, 2007 - The Sulphur Springs Planning and Zoning Commission has been very busy lately, and it shows on the City Council's agenda for Tuesday night.

The Council is slated in its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall to take up 21 rezoning requests for property located in the area south of Interstate 30 annexed by the city in 2006.

The properties, which were automatically zoned for agriculture use when annexation took effect, are being split into four categories of use.

Fourteen of the properties would be zoned for single-family residences under the P&Z recommendations. Four would be heavy commercial, two light industrial and one heavy industrial.

Most people living near the properties did not object to the zoning changes, although a few did express concerns about the need for wildlife habitat. One person was also opposed to the zoning change along Arbala Road, arguing that "taxes are too high already."

The Council is also slated to discuss removing condemned structures at 1116 Church St., 106 Able St. and 858 Putman St.

Also on the list for discussion is approval of a contract between the Sulphur Springs/Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation and Wayne Cooper Construction to build a new EDC office building.

Matters pertaining to the extension of State Highway 11 are also to be discussed.

Finally, the panel is scheduled to approve calling an election for Place 4 and Place 5 on the City Council. The seats are currently held by Freddie Taylor and Larry Powers. Candidated should be able to begin filing for either of the two places on the board on Monday, Feb. 12, with filing continuing until Tuesday, March 6. Local municipal and school elections will be held this year on Saturday, May 12. 

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