In its Monday meeting, the Jonesville Town Council denied a request by a local property owner to rezone property located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Swan Creek Bypass and South Mineral Spring Drive be rezoned from R-12 (Medium Density Residential) to B-2 (General Business).
The Jonesville Planning/Zoning Board first met on March 18 to hear the request where at the meeting the property owner said his intention is to place mini-warehouses on the property.
Only the property owner spoke during the public hearing held Monday, but the commissioners after a short discussion voted to reject the request to rezone the property.
In the public comments portion of the meeting, Barbara Pearson, a Jonesville resident, complained that large signage at the Foothills Meat Market and Generations Restaurant had become an “eyesore” and said she was “heartbroken.”
In other business, chair of the Jonesville Historical Society, Judy Wolfe, reported progress of several out-of-town vendors who have added their name to the list to participate in the upcoming Jonesville Jubilee and invited town council members to be recognized at the upcoming Jonesville Jubilee.
She commented on the excitement and progress of the upcoming Brushy Mountain 5K run, the first that the town has held, and thanked Mayor Gene Pardue. Those wanting to participate also may walk, she said. The Jonesville mayor smiled and with a flair of humor that drew a chuckle said that he was looking forward to the event, but added since getting out of the Army, he would not choose to run in a 5K unless he absolutely had to. The only way he said he would is if someone bigger was chasing after him.
Wolfe announced around 200 Mormon youth would like to complete a couple trails that run through and near the Lila Swaim Park in the summer.
“I hope the community will step up and help feed them,” said Wolfe.
The decision to award a surplus property bid for 208 Carr St. was granted. The town of Jonesville solicited sealed bids for property after it was foreclosed on due to unpaid taxes. The agenda said the only bid received was from Eric Kelly for $1,000.
The council approved a request from Surry-Yadkin Electrical Membership Corporation to approve an ordinance to clarify that SYEMC has the town’s consent to supply electricity to “certain residents” of Jonesville, such as those that are assigned to SYEMC by the Utilities Commission or who are in areas unassigned and adjacent to the SYEMC system.
The Jonesville Town Council debated but did not make a final decision to join North Carolina 811, a nonprofit organization sponsored by utility systems for this year, until they could find out whether the cost could be pro-rated for the late date. Ricky Collins with the Jonesville Public Utilities recommended it as a good service.
The service provides a network for anyone performing excavation work to be able to contact all of the underground utility service providers within the area.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.