Berryville Council votes for another annexation
BERRYVILLE ---- The city took the first step toward annexing more land to the north, approving on the first reading an ordinance that accepts 66 acres and about 10 landowners.
The land, known as the Rolling Hills subdivision, is just north of the Country Junction store on Highway 221 North.
The city has annexed land in that area in the past, and last Tuesday the council approved the first vote, and two more readings are required.
The annexation was requested by the landowners, who went through Carroll County Court for approval first. It was approved by County Judge Ed Robertson, and there was no appeal or opposition to the annexation.
The biggest parcel, owned by Terrill Bradley and Bonnie Bradley, is about 50 acres, said Berryville Administrative Assistant Jay Lee.
There are about eight other landowners in the area that also petitioned to be annexed.
Alderman Burt George took the helm as Mayor Tim McKinney was out of town on city business, and the council also approved an ordinance that complies with new state law regarding manufactured homes.
The city is required by the state to allow areas for manufactured homes to be included in residential areas.
The ordinance has changed a little since it was first looked at several weeks ago, and the council suspended the rules and approved the ordinance in three quick readings because of the time element involved to comply with the law.
The ordinance also makes R-3 residential zoning areas open to two-family dwellings and sets standards for manufactured homes.
Some of the standards included say that manufactured homes must be set on permanent foundations, they must have stairs and front porches facing the street so that two can't be crammed in sideways, and must comply with other ordinances that regulate homes, such as roofing and siding standards. It also allows for double-wides on single-family lots.
In other business, Police Chief David Muniz reported to the council that one officer will graduate from the police academy Dec. 2, which will help, but another new officer is scheduled to attend the academy in January, so the department will still be short of full strength. The academy is a 12-week course.
Muniz said. "I'm pleased that reserve officer hours have really picked up" to fill in the gap.
Muniz reported that major offenses are down from the same month a year ago, with 53 reported in October and 76 in October of last year.
He said 28 of the offenses have been cleared or solved, for a clearance rate of 52 percent.
The crimes last month included 13 thefts of property, six break-ins, six forgeries, four criminal mischief cases, and others such as public intoxication and two DWIs.