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Huntingdon to Seek Grant for Flood Prevention

By Brad Sam brad@mckenziebanner.com
Posted 12/2/20

HUNTINGDON (November 24) — The Huntingdon Town Council met Tuesday with several items on the agenda. Most notably, the board approved a resolution to seek a grant for improvements to prevent …

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Huntingdon to Seek Grant for Flood Prevention


HUNTINGDON (November 24) — The Huntingdon Town Council met Tuesday with several items on the agenda. Most notably, the board approved a resolution to seek a grant for improvements to prevent flooding.

The town will co-sponsor the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant application with the West Tennessee River Basin Authority (WTRBA) for the Beaver Creek Tributary. Projects would include replacement of aging and undersized culverts and improvement of stream channels.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant has a match component of $167,000. The WTRBA Board of Directors approved a match of $100,000, and the Town of Huntingdon will provide $67,000.

An ordinance was approved on first reading to amend the town’s Zoning Ordinance revising height-based setback requirements for communications towers, adding the text “Communications towers may be placed closer than the designated setback from the nearest property line, lease line, or site line, only if a letter from a licensed engineer is provided that states that the fall radius for the proposed tower would extend no closer than ten (10) feet from said nearest property line, lease line or site line.”

Local Staff Planner Donny Bunton explained to council members prior to the meeting, “Communications towers are now generally designed to be collapsible and to not fall over if damaged. In fact, it has become almost standard operating procedure for a variance to be sought from the Board of Zoning Appeals [BZA] to allow the setback requirement be waived if a letter from an engineer states that the tower is designed to not fall on neighboring properties.” The amendment allows future communication towers to be constructed within the setbacks (so long as the fall radius is at least ten feet from the nearest property line), without having to obtain approval from the BZA.

Also approved at the meeting were second and final readings of two ordinances to amend the zoning map. A property on East Main Street owned by Kenneth and Lisa Horner and one on Taylor Avenue owned by Phillip Barnett were both rezoned from Neighborhood Business to General Business. A public hearing was held prior to the vote, but no one from the public participated.

Committee appointments were made for the November 2020-November 2022 council term with no changes to previous committees:

Finance and Administration — Chairperson Nina Smothers, Kelly Eubanks, Charles Hodges, John Sanders and Tim Tucker

Public Works — Chairperson Carl Byars, Kelly Eubanks, Andrew Maddox, John Sanders and Nina Smothers

Public Safety — Chairperson Tim Tucker, Carl Byars, Charles Hodges, Andrew Maddox and Nina Smothers

Adult-Oriented Establishment Massage Registration Board — Carl Byars, Kelly Eubanks, Charles Hodges, Andrew Maddox and Tim Tucker

Council Representatives to Boards — John Sanders, Industrial Development Board; Nina Smothers, Municipal Planning Commission; Andrew Maddox, Recreation Advisory Council; and Kelly Eubanks, Beautification Committee

Mayor Dale Kelley announced the employee holiday lunch would be held the following day at the civic center with Mallard’s restaurant catering.

He also reported the repair project at The Dixie had not progressed beyond clean-up as an inspection by a structural engineer is pending.

The mayor encouraged everyone to shop local during the holiday season, starting with Small Business Saturday on November 28. He said, “Shopping local helps to sustain the economy and support small business owners who have made significant adjustments during the pandemic.”

Vice Mayor Nina Smothers inquired about the status of the Taco Bell planned for 210 Veterans Drive next to Wal-Mart. The site plan was approved by the Planning Commission in September. Mayor Kelley said a water line would be run soon, and the former Jackson-Hewitt building on the property needed to be demolished.

The meeting adjourned in ten minutes. Councilmembers Andrew Maddox and John Sanders were absent.


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