Oct. 31 proclaimed 'Berryville Kids Club Day' by mayor

Thursday, October 28, 2004
High School teacher Darrell Hudspeth of the buildings and trades class began measuring the damage at Berryville Cemetery. CCN / Ken O'Toole

BERRYVILLE ---- Mayor Tim McKinney proclaimed Saturday, Oct. 30 as Berryville Kids Club Day, saying the community need such a "positive program" for the children, and commended the Kids Club for its efforts to provide quality educational enhancement and "youth developments for our children."

McKinney encouraged Berryville citizens to support the activities of the Kids Club, and the council unanimously approved the club's use of the Berryville Square from 8 a.m. to noon, for the Great Pumpkin 5k race and one mile Fun Run, to be held Oct. 30.

The club expects about 200 people to attend the fundraiser, which will also include face painting, a bake sale and Halloween costume contest.

The City Council also approved amendments to the city's planning and zoning ordinances last Tuesday, upon the recommendation of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission.

The council voted unanimously to approve:

  • An increase in the maximum side/rear yard fence height from seven feet to eight feet.

  • An increase in the maximum front yard fence height from three-and-half feet to to four feet.

  • Allow front and side yard fences to be built at the maximum height of eight feet past the front corner of a residential structure, if said structure sets back farther than 25 feet from the curb or street edge, and provided the fence then meet the four-feet maximum height requirement for front yards.

  • All corner lot fences must be approved by the Berryville Building Inspector to ensure adequate motor vehicle sight-clearance is provided at intersections.

  • Portable carports, as defined, may be constructed within residential zones provided the applicable side and rear yard setbacks and a 10-feet front yard setback from the curb or street edge is met on regular lots, to provide adequate sight clearance for motor vehicles.

  • Increase the maximum street width for local streets as follows: Pavement width, from 26 feet to 32 feet; right-of-way width, from 40 feet to 50 feet.

  • Allow all fences to be constructed within a minimum 25 feet front yard setback in C-2 Highway Commercial Zones.

    The planning and zoning changes were announced in public notices, and a public hearing was presided over by Chairman Dan Fanning on Oct 12 at City Hall. The council approved all the planning board's requests.

    The council also reviewed heavy damage to the gates at the city cemetery, and Mayor McKinney asked Alderman Joel Gibson to look into the insurance situation, since the gates were wrecked by a vehicle that went out of control earlier this month.

    The police know who the driver of the vehicle was, a juvenile who apparently took the truck while the parents were either asleep or away. The girl lost control of the vehicle at about 3 a.m. on Oct. 12.

    McKinney said the pillars and gate were destroyed and this may be a good time to widen the fence, which he said is a tight fit for large trucks.

    Gibson agreed to look into it, and Darrell Stidham of the high school building trades class was out taking measurements Thursday afternoon.

    In other business, the council set the usual zero millage rates for real and personal property.

    The city ended the millage tax in 1996, in exchange for a sales tax which the voters approved.

    In district reports, Burt George said he had received a complaint of a pickup truck on Morris Street had been parked there for two years full of refuse, and asked the police department to look into it.

    The council also gave unanimous approval for McKinney to pursue negotiations for a written contract between the county and the city, to ensure that the city wouldn't have to pay for city prisoners once the new jail is finished. Sgt. Shannon Pearson has been working on a report to show that the city may have been paying too much over the years for city prisoners, and it was agreed that McKinney would include those figures in negotiations with the county, to come up with a fair and final number for the cost of housing city prisoners.

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