By GRACE GADDY
Palestine City Council members approved a zoning change at the site of an up-and-coming bakery during their bimonthly meeting Monday – from general retail commercial (C-3) to central business district (CBD) – with a correlating amendment to allow a C-3 commercial parking lot to be permitted for CBD use.
Jeffrey Lyons of the city's engineering department recommended that council members approve the zoning change at 416 and 414 Houston Street.
“It's a small residential structure at the corner of Crawford and Houston that is in the process of being renovated for a bakery,” Lyons said.
Since the lot is small, Lyons explained that the structure would have a hard time meeting the city's development code for off-street parking requirements, “even though they're able to use the offsite parking to the south of that building.”
“Use of a bakery is allowed in the central business district,” he added. “It is adjacent to the central business district. On-street parking is allowed at that location.”
Also during the meeting, City Manager Wendy Ellis recognized the city's finance department for receiving a certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting.
“This award is given by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada; it looks at the comprehensive annual financial report that is put together,” Ellis told the council. “This certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and it is a significant accomplishment for our finance department in receiving this award on an annual basis.”
In other business, the council:
• APPROVED the donation of a vehicle from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
• APPROVED the reorganization of customer service in the City of Palestine Municipal Court.
The council voted to finalize the elimination of a customer service management position, and add the position of a deputy clerk – effectively reorganizing responsibilities within the department.
The new structure will include three clerks, a deputy clerk and an administrator.
The Palestine City Council meets twice a month Mondays at City Hall, located at 504 N. Queen Street.