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Coffeeville Aldermen Reject Zoning Request

Staff Report

COFFEEVILLE – Aldermen denied a request by Eric Nicholson to rezone his property known as Nick’s Place on Kennedy Street from residential to commercial after a public hearing at the July 7 Board meeting.

Aldermen Michael Ayers, Joe Bourn, and Bryan McCullough were against granting the request, according to minutes from the meeting.

Mayor Mack Burns presented a petition from residents of all wards asking that the zoning variance be denied. After additional discussion, Aldermen voted unanimously against Nicholson’s request.

Among other actions, the Board of Aldermen:

• Appointed Patricia Moody as Town Clerk, William Maxey as City Attorney, Mark Martin as Police Chief, Rusty Harlow as City Judge, and Rebecca McCullar as Court Clerk, all to serve for the next four years;

• Selected Alderman Michael Ayers as Mayor Pro-Temp;

• Adopted a resolution authorizing the Mayor to sign documents associated with a Rural Business Enterprise Grant for L&N Restaurant. The grant money will be used to purchase equipment by the Town and then leased to the business, the minutes stated;

• Tabled for further research by the Mayor action on repairs for well #1 located next to the Post Office;

• Agreed to purchase two warning sirens for $30,643.85 from Precision Communications. The sirens will be paid for with a Hazard Mitigation Grant from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency;

• Tabled for additional quotes the purchase of a generator under the same grant program;

• Paid claims;

• Adjourned.

In attendance at the July 7 meeting were Mayor Mack Burns, Jr., Aldermen Michael Ayers, Joe Bourn, George Miller, Bryan McCullough, and Eva Longstreet. Also present were Town Clerk Patricia Moody, Police Chief Mark Martin and City Attorney William L. Maxey.

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