City approves replatting request
Jacksboro aldermen approved a replatting request for the Jacksboro Economic Development Corporation Industrial Park on the north end of town and made a number of zoning changes as part of their regular meeting Oct. 24 meeting.
City Manager Mike Smith said the park, which consists of 177 acres, had never been platted. He told the council one company is still in negotiations with the city for approximately 60 of those acres. If negotiations fall through, another company has showed interest in that area of the park but would need to subdivide the space.
All of the zoning changes had been discussed at some point but had never been part of a formal ordinance, Smith noted. Some of the zoning changes include:
• Adding a requirement for a building official to inspect used manufactured homes prior to being moved into the city limits on site. The exterior of the home must meet masonry requirements.
• Shipping containers are not an allowed building/structure unless specifically allowed for temporary use during recovery from a declared local emergency, such as the March tornado.
• Removal of 2 and 3 story height limits on buildings in commercial districts.
• Add a retired 6 month completion timeline for approved zoning and variance projects with a onetime extension approved by the city manager in extenuating circumstances. Further extensions would need council consideration.
Violations of the ordinance changes would provide for a fine of no more than $2,000 for each offense.
In other news:
• Smith provided reports on a number of items. The city’s sales tax monies continue to increase, doubling from last October’s $80,000. The monies received each month are generally about two months behind.
The city continues to push for a stoplight at Jacksboro High School, that being further heightened by a recent accident there. TxDOT has met some of the needs by installing lights around the school but the city is still worried about safety at the intersection.
State Rep. David Spiller will be meeting with TxDOT area officials on Nov. 2 to give information. Jacksboro Police Chief Scott Haynes said an education program will start soon using the district’s School Resource Officer who will inform students on driving safety including distracted driving.
Smith also gave an update on water reconnect fees for tornado victims. Those fees have since been refunded and no further fees will be charged for those building after the tornado.
City council will hold their next meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at in the council’s chambers at City Hall.