BV council approves rezoning ordinance on 2nd reading
The Berryville City Council voted at its Tuesday meeting to approve Ordinance 1030, which would rezone a parcel of property located at the intersection of North Avenue and Maple Street from R-1 single family residential to R-O residential/office zone, on its second reading.
The council had voted to table the ordinance in March until the building plans could be brought into compliance. Reba Clark, who filed the rezoning petition, had said at the council’s April meeting that she would remove the Derksen portable building from the property and make an entrance to the back of the house, where the office will be located.
“When is the Derksen building supposed to be moved off the property?” alderwoman Linda Riddlesperger asked. “It’s still there.”
City administrative assistant Jay Lee said Clark had stated it would be moved at the last meeting but did not give a date.
“Has she gotten all of her permits and stuff like that?” Riddlesperger asked.
“I know she’s contacted [building inspector] Carl Goins,” Lee said, “but I don’t know if she’s gotten them.”
The council will vote on Ordinance 1030 for its third and final reading at its next meeting.
Berryville Police Chief Robert Bartos presented the police department’s monthly report for March. In March, Bartos said, 78 citations were issued, 56 offenses were reported, eight warrants were served, 14 fingerprints were done, 11 VIN verifications were conducted and 12 accidents were reported. The department had a clearance rate of 88 percent, he said.
“I know our numbers have gone down on a lot of stuff,” Bartos said. “We’ve been down two officers for the last probably six months. One was hurt, and another one ended up leaving us to go to Alaska.”
He said the department should fill the vacant position by the end of the month after background checks are completed.
Mayor Tim McKinney also informed the council that city employees have been spraying the grass at the Berryville Memorial Cemetery.
“If you all receive any inquiries on why we’re spraying out there, know that we have worked with soil and water conservation,” he said. “The guys have been to training on how to use the stuff properly. We’ve been doing it for two to three years, but it’s really starting to pay some benefits. It really looks good when all the bermuda grass starts growing.”
The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at City Hall.