Red Bank Adjusts Zoning Ordinance; Commissioner Welch In Last Meeting

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - by Gail Perry

A zoning ordinance was amended on second reading at the meeting of the Red Bank Commission Tuesday night. The commissioners approved changes to the setback distances between houses in RZ-1 zero lot line residential zones. The distance between structures varies slightly depending upon their configuration on the property. If two houses are positioned very closely together on a lot, there must be a distance of 10 feet between the left and right lot-lines and the side of the house that faces them. If a house is somewhat centered on a lot, the distance from the lot-line to the house must be a minimum of 12 feet.

The commission also amended the 2014 operating budget to appropriate money received from a driver safety grant. The grant amount received was $2,500. The city is required to match that and so in total will provide $5,000 to be used for safety equipment for the fire and police department.

Commissioners also agreed to support the application for a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) local parks and recreation grant for 2014-2015. A requirement of the application is for the city to hold public meetings to get input from citizens for the needs that they see in the parks and recreation department. Three public meetings will be held at City Hall to determine the best use of the money received, if the application is successful. The meetings will be held on March 10, March 11 and March 12.

A couple of weeks ago the city’s phone system failed. Commissioner Rick Causer said that in the next several years, Red Bank will need to replace the entire system.  The commissioners agreed for the city to enter into an agreement with Ameritel Communications for telephone repair and maintenance services at the cost of $2,100 per year for the next three years, when a new system can be included in the budget.

City Manager Randall Smith said some zoning ordinances in Red Bank are antiquated. A resolution authorizing an agreement between the city with Barry Bennett, former Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency director, and Jenny Shugart for consulting services was approved. They will do a zoning review and make recommendations for updating the ordinances.

The city has been approved to receive some Civil War markers. They are expected to arrive in the next few weeks at which time the public works department will begin installation, said Mr. Smith.

He also announced that the Red Bank Jubilee is scheduled for Saturday, April 26 which should give the public time to make plans to attend.

Commissioner Eddie Pierce recognized Commissioner Kenneth Welch for the contributions he has made to the city. Tuesday night was the last meeting he will participate in as a commissioner since he has accepted a new position that is out of state. Mr. Pierce said he will be missed. In his final report, Commissioner Welch thanked the board with appreciation for the support that he has received.

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