JONESVILLE — The Town Council of Jonesville adopted a proposed text amendment to the Jonesville zoning ordinance during Monday’s town council meeting to include medical and dental clinics, including laboratories, as a permitted use by right in the B-2 (General Business) Zoning District. Prior to the adoption, those businesses were only allowed in the Central Business District and B-1 zoning ordinance in the town.
The original request from Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital was to rezone property at 526 Winston Road to B-1, thereby making it an acceptable location for a proposed medical facility. However, the Planning/Zoning Board recommended that the property not be rezoned, but instead the text of the zoning ordinance be amended to allow medical and dental clinics, including laboratories as a use by right in the B-2 (General Business) zoning district.
According to the agenda, Hugh Chatham representatives detailed plans for the property to “include” a critical care facility (Urgent Care) during the meeting. “The proposal included a rendering of the exterior of the building and a floor plan to show the layout inside. Total cost for renovations has been estimated at approximately $1.068 million.”
Jonesville Town Manager Scott Buffkin said he did not see a problem with allowing it to go in the General Business District. However, Buffkin did specify for the town council that the business is a non-profit business, so therefore the town would not receive property tax on the business if they passed the amendment. He did say he thought the business would bring other businesses to the area.
Motion to change and amend the text was made by Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem Wayne Moore, and Councilman Andy Green seconded the motion with the rest of the council consenting approval.
No one from the public spoke about the zoning matter during the public comment period, and no one representing Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital was present to discuss the subject.
Also in the public comments session, Heather Macy announced the Jonesville Business Association’s intent to hold “A Salute to Those Who Serve” parade on June 14. Moore made a motion to salute those who serve.
The parade will begin at Jonesville Elementary School and end at Mega Coin laundry in Jonesville. Immediately, following the parade, there will be a ceremony at the Lila Swaim Memorial Park designed to honor civil service personnel, veterans and active military. Moore made a motion to salute those who serve and all agreed.
Councilman Tracy Wall commended the work of Jonesville Jubilee volunteers and thanked fire and police personnel for making it a success.
Mayor Gene Pardue proposed a sign ordinance amendment be discussed at the next public meeting on June 9 and the council consented. At last month’s meeting the Jonesville Town Council placed a moratorium on new billboards with the intent to further research the subject. Town Manager Buffkin said the town of Jonesville investigated the signage issue in 2005 and considered then a proposed amendment to the sign ordinance. Apparently, the process of scheduling a public hearing was not followed, as a result, the proposed amendment was never recorded.
The proposed amendment would require that each off-site business sign (billboard) have a 1,200-foot radius from any other off-site business sign (now 1,000 feet) and that no off-site business sign be within 500 feet of any residential zoned property. All other requirements would remain as they are. In some cases, federal law can supersede in these areas of consideration, and Buffkin said the town will continue researching the issue until the next meeting.
Fire Chief Kevin Macemore reported the Arlington Fire Department had a total of 70 calls — 23 in rural, 40 in town, and seven other areas last month — and 272 this year. This month they have received 15 calls.
Among other important business, Police Sgt. Scotty Vestal thanked Pardue for his support during a memorial service held during National Police Week. The Jonesville Town Council had a picture of Sgt. Gregory Keith Martin at Monday’s meeting. Martin was killed while in the line of duty in 1996, and was the last Jonesville officer killed in the line of duty, said Vestal.
The black flag and the American flag flying at half-staff at the Jonesville Town Council on Monday honored those fallen in the line of duty, said Vestal.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.