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Pass fail

Drew Butler
drew.butler@ardmoreite.com

The Ardmore City Commission meeting began on Monday evening with two public hearings. The first hearing to rezone approximately 33.76 acres located at 335 N. Plainview Rd. from agricultural and light industrial to heavy industrial ultimately passed. The second hearing to rezone two lots located at 31 and 35 Burton St. SE from single family detached/attached to commercial corridor ultimately failed.

The property located on Plainview Road will be used for a new railroad spur which will be installed by Asphalt Express. Owner Roy Davis who spoke during the hearing said the new rail terminal will be used to load and unload various petroleum related products from trucks to train. He expects to hire an additional 15 to 20 employees over the next three to five years.

Community Development Director Jessica Scott said a stipulation will be added to the rezoning to help control traffic.

“Trucks will be directed to the West Broadway intersection rather than the 12th Street intersection,” Scott said. “That intersection isn’t really equipped to handle any vehicles with more than two axles.”

In the rezoning hearing that ultimately failed the property on Burton Street Southeast would have been rezoned to commercial from residential to put in a funeral home. The building on the property was the former site of the American Legion but has remained empty since they left.

Property owner Craig Owens spoke in favor of the rezoning at the meeting as did James Johnson a neighborhood resident.

“I certainly would advocate for a funeral home,” Johnson said. “I don’t think it’s going to detract from our community, if anything it’s going to add to our community. We don’t have many businesses looking to come into the east side of Ardmore.”

Prior to the vote Scott told commissioners she recommended they deny the rezoning.

“31 and 35 Burton is in the middle of the block between two intersections,” Scott said. “The structure hangs over two lots because the lots used to be smaller and that the way the structure was built. Mr. Owens came to see me in April of last year, and I told him that we would recommend denial based on the fact that it’s spot zoning. Several months later he came back and asked again and we recommended denial based on spot zoning.”

The measure ultimately failed by a vote of two to one. Commissioner Wendel voted in favor of the rezoning and Commissioner Dyer and Vice Mayor Pfau voted against. Commissioner Ellis was absent and Mayor Moore recused himself from the vote because of previous business association.

Other topics covered included:

•Approval to purchase new cellular meter modules for water meters in the amount of $300,000.

•Approval to purchase security cameras for the clubhouse in the amount of $47,630.

•Approval for a change order for phase two of the Streetscape Project in the amount of $43,606.74.