Kirby, Moore named co-directors of Martin Park and Rec, rezoning for University Street

Kirby, Moore named co-directors of Martin Park and Rec, rezoning for University Street
Despite several voices of opposition, the City of Martin Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to rezone a tract of land on University Street. The land to be rezoned at 235 University St. will change from R-2 (medium density residential) to R-4 (residential-professional). The ordinance passed 4-2 on its second and final reading and public hearing with aldermen David Belote and Johnny Tuck casting votes against its passing. “Making this R-4 allows professional businesses to come on the property,” Elaine Harriss commented. “There are plenty of commercial lots in this area. Why would you want to move into this area of land?” Marvin Flatt added. “You need to take a step back and look at what’s best for the city.” In new business, Kim Kirby and Brian Moore were named co-directors of the City of Martin Parks and Recreation department with a salary supplement of $1,875 each month until a full-time director is appointed. Additionally, the board approved a job description for the director and authorized a starting salary of $45,000. Gerald Parrish, manager of the Parks and Recreation Technical Assistance Service (PARTAS) gave a presentation of the City’s Salute to America Plaza grant project. He informed the board that the grant needed to be finished by Oct. 13 to avoid jeopardizing future grants for the city. Resolution R2008-13 passed to revise the City of Martin personnel policy. The passing of the resolution puts the policy in line with the city charter. The board approved a request from Watkins Lawn Care owner Eddie Watkins for an additional $100 a month fuel surcharge on his mowing contract per recommendation from the public works committee. An hourly bid for charge-out rates for various miscellaneous projects was awarded to Stanley Gammons Construction, the low bidder, upon a recommendation from the public works committee. The committee also recommended the accepting of a bid from S & D Trucking to wok on the Hyndsver Road sewer project. The fencing and dugout at Harmon Field was authorized for removal with the exception of the backstop fencing at the discretion of the parks and recreation department. In committee/department head reports, Public Works Director Billy Wagster reported that the paving program is “three-fourths complete” and lacks one small parking lot, Kennedy Drive and a few places to patch. The south end of Lindell Street is “basically through with construction” and Searcy Construction is digging out the cuts so the street can be completely opened back up soon. Additionally, the state will come in and do core drilling within the next two to three weeks. Interim Parks and Recreation Director Brian Moore reported that between 400-500 people came to the annual Surf’s Up Beach Party and that planning for the Cal Ripken World Series is “still going well.” The next meeting of the City of Martin Board of Mayor and Aldermen will take place at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11.

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