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August 20, 2013

Gardendale council looks to make zoning laws more flexible for developments

GARDENDALE — The Gardendale City Council is considering further revamping its zoning laws.

Council members heard the first reading Monday night of a proposed ordinance that would allow for flexibility on setbacks at planned unit developments (PUDs) on an individual basis.

They also heard the first reading on a second ordinance that, if passed, will eliminate several other ordinances and combine them into one new ordinance that updates fees and language. Councilman Alvin Currington said some fees will increase slightly, while others will decrease.

The fees in question — including legal, administrative and other fees — have not been changed since 1974.

In other business, the council:

  • renewed a $3 million line of credit with Regions Bank. Mayor Othell Phillips said the city cannot draw on the line of credit without approval from the city council
  • hired four employees: Dispatcher Laura Jones and firefighters David Henry, Tyler Gates and James Calvert
  • voted to cut the grass and assess the cost back to individuals whose properties were in violation of the city’s weed ordinance
  • adopted a proclamation designating September as National Recovery Month
  • authorized Police Chief Mike Walker to solicit bids for a two-year contract for a wrecker service, since the current contract expires in September
  • received a bid from Retail Strategies to market the city for retail development. It was the only bid submitted. Councilman Blake Guinn will review the bid and make a recommendation to the city council next month about accepting it
  • heard that the 2011-2012 city audit was complete. Mayor Phillips said the audit found no problems

The next meeting is Sept. 3, 7 p.m., at the Public Safety Center. It was changed from Sept. 2 because of Labor Day.

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