Booneville aldermen have approved the rezoning of property at the corner of Gaston Road and US Highway 45 after previously rejecting a request to change the status of the property to a different classification.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the rezoning of the parcel, owned by Kerry Lambert, from its current A1 Agricultural to C2 Community Commercial. City Building Inspector and Public Property Manager Charles Sanders told the board the city’s long-term future-use map designates the location as C2 Community Commercial for future development. The board has had a policy to follow the future use map regarding zoning changes since the plan was adopted.

In April the board rejected a request from Lambert to rezone the property C3 Highway Commercial after several residents adjacent to the parcel expressed opposition. At the time the board noted they were rejecting that request due to it not falling in line with the future-plan map but would be willing to consider rezoning to C2 since that was in accordance with the future plan. Under C3 commercial the property could be used for almost any type of business. C2 limits the use to retail or office space.

Keith Freeze, who owns property adjacent to the site, told board members Tuesday he is opposed to the rezoning because of concerns over harm to property values in the area, potential nuisances from lights, noise and other issues, his belief that commercial use is not consistent with other use of property in the area and a belief that the city does not need to expand commercial activity so far out when there is still viable commercial property in other areas of the city.

In other business, the board:

Approved a series of expenditures for the city tourism department/Booneville Main Street Association from tourism tax funds for upcoming projects including $30,000 for the Fall Festival in October including funds for a headlining entertainment act; $1,000 for movie licensing fees for the Screen on the Green events in June and July; $1,000 for the purchase of jumbo outdoor games to be used at the Triangle during community events; $3,400 for three trash receptacles and three bike racks including bike racks to be placed at the library and at Sunflower Park; and $1,000 for promotional materials and other items for the upcoming Farmers Market days at the Depot.

Accepted the resignation of Charles Malone in the gas and water department and approved posting for applications for a full-time customer service technician.

Approved the low quote of $51,350 from Eubank Construction for replacement of a sewer lift station on Pinehill Road.

Approved seeking quotes for a new tractor for the street department.

Noted the city has received an approval permit and detailed requirements for materials and methods to be used for repairs to the historic Depot building from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Work is continuing to obtain grant funding for work at the building.

Approved annual industrial tax exemptions for Specklebellies and ACCO.

Reappointed Robert Griffin to the Solid Waste Board.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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