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Martin proposes rezoning ordinances

Martin proposes rezoning ordinances
Two tracts of land within the city limits of Martin are set to be rezoned after the ordinances involving the property received “yes” votes by the City of Martin’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday evening.
The first tract of land off of East Main Street (Highway 431) is set to be rezoned from R-1 (Low Density Residential) to B-2 (Intermediate Business).
The ordinance must be approved one more time after a public hearing on the issue scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15.
A second piece of property located off of Dustin Laird Drive near Hawks Road in Martin is slated to be rezoned from B-2 (Intermediate Business) to R-3 (High Density Residential).
The public hearing for rezoning the property off of Dustin Laird Drive is also scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Aug. 15.
Board members approved the rezoning of both tracts of land during their monthly meeting on Monday.
In department news, Martin Public Works Director announced the blacktopping projects for the city is expected to begin the second week in August.
Wagster said Ford Construction encountered snow and ice issues last winter and a contract extension has been granted to the company for the projects.
Alderman Danny Nanney asked Wagster when the sidewalks and utilities project on University Street would be completed and the public works director said there is not yet a timeline of completion for the project.
Martin Police Chief David Moore offered board members an opportunity to tour the former city hall location that the police department would soon maximize.
Moore said the department has proposals for the vacant office spaces and the construction would be slight, with the work being done in-house.
“It’s doesn’t seem very exciting, but it is exciting to us to have all of this space,” Moore commented.
Martin Economic and Community Development Director Kimberly Craddock invited board members to the monthly Martin Business Association held this morning (Tuesday) in the city hall courtroom.
The MBA will announce a five-year strengths plan for growth and development within the city and the organization.
It has been a good summer, according to C.E. Weldon Public Library Director Roberta Peacock, who reported 1,300 people had signed on to the summer reading program at the library.
At the mid-way point for the summer season, library patrons have checked out 11,000 books. Peacock also announced through the use of a technology grant awarded to the library, the children’s department will gain three new computers.
The walking trail paving project at the Harmon Field baseball complex and inner city park is officially underway, according to Martin Parks and Recreation Director Brian Moore.
With nine holes completed at the Harrison Field disc golf course, community members as well as people from neighboring states, are already taking advantage of the disc golf course in Martin. Moore announced the first-ever Soybean Festival Disc Golf Tournament will take place in September. Dates and times will be announced later.
Weakley County Chamber of Commerce Director Barbara Virgin reported the county had once again been certified as a 3-Star county by Gov. Phil Bredesen’s office with the efforts all of the municipalities working together.
Continuing on a positive note, Moore applauded the efforts of the city’s public works department for helping move furniture and records from the former city hall location to the new City of Martin Municipal Building. Martin Mayor Randy Brundige announced Phillip Johnson was in charge of the move and the transition was a smooth one.
The City of Martin’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet in an informal session at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3 in the city hall courtroom. The next formal monthly meeting is slated for 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 9.
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