The April 11 Adairville City Council meeting was begun with a prayer and a singing of happy birthday on April 10 to Councilwoman Bernice Dickerson, who is 92.
One of the items on the agenda for discussion was rezoning. A heated discussion occurred between Tony Nichols, a citizen of Adairville, and Mayor James Wilkerson. Nichols complained that people who had bought lots in the city limits were led to believe that these lots would be rezoned from the light industrial classification to residential.
"Why should we be begging for it to be zoned residential?" asked Nichols. "People are upset because they bought lots and were told it would be residential."
Wilkerson doesn't want to make all of the lots available for industry to turn into residential, closing the doors on any interested industry that may want to move to town. He wants to be able to "show something" if someone from industry comes to scout the area.
The issue was laid to rest by a vote at the end of the meeting to contact every owner of property within the area considered for rezoning. The council wants to send letters to the owners of the property in question to "gather information" as to what type of zoning they would like to see for their property. The council voted to send out letters or surveys to gather information.
Other items in discussion was the $1-per-packet charge for Bingo gaming, which required an ordinance to enact. The second reading of the ordinance was given and approved, after a clarification was made concerning whether this dollar charge would be per packet or per person. The ordinance will be worded so that it will be billed per packet, as some people buy multiple packets.
Teddy Goley was approved to be on the Board of Adjustments. He will be attending certification meetings very soon to be qualified for the position.
A second reading of an ordinance concerning rate changes on new water and sewer customers was approved. This will change the bill for new residential customers only. The rising cost of maintenance and installation of new water meters is the reason for the increase.
The city council also approved the lot behind the library for use with the upcoming car show in case there is an oversurge of people.
Other issues concerning the Strawberry Festival were discussed. The purchase of lights that were to be installed in the park is on hold. According to Adairville Chamber President Donna Blake, the price of the lights was quoted to her as being $1,500 apiece or five for $7,500 at one time when they were considering buying the lights. Somehow, upon contacting the company with which she was dealing, the price has jumped from $1,500 to $2,500 each, or three for $7,500. The purchase of them is therefore on hold until Blake can find a better deal or negotiate the price down.
On Sunday afternoon the weekend of the Strawberry Festival, there will be a special alumni event at the Adairville school gym. "If you feel like Adairville is your home, you are welcome to come," said Donna Blake. She worries that the festival may be affected by the fact that the schools have graduation on the same weekend as the festival.
*According to the police report by Chief Jim Ray, several letters have been sent out to owners of