The Maysville City Council voted unanimously Monday night to hold a work session to discuss setting up a historic district ordinance for the city.
The move came about after city attorney Jody Colley informed the council that the historic district ordinance would in essence be a zoning ordinance.
Colley said it would impose restrictions on properties designated as historic, and that the council can’t simply adopt an ordinance without the necessary groundwork, including putting together a list of the historic structures and propose that the inventory be labeled as historic, and therefore be restricted.
The inventory would have to be posted, public meetings would have to be held and affected property owners and residents would have to be educated on the move.
Colley told the council that the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission has a process in place to lay the groundwork for establishing the historic district ordinance.
The council voted unanimously to hold a workshop with Chip Wright of the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission, as well as the city planning commission. The workshop is scheduled for July 29 at 6 p.m.
The city council also held the first reading of a state mandated flood damage ordinance during Monday night’s meeting. The item is a model ordinance that has been proposed that’s will adopt flood district maps that will identify certain properties in flood zones, and appoint the city to keep control of those flood maps. The city has also filed an application for participation in the national flood insurance program, which will also allow the residents in those areas to purchase flood insurance at a cheaper rate.
Mayor Jerry Baker said all of the affected property owners have been contacted.
Also on Monday night, the city council voted to approve a request from Steve Nichols of Jackson County 911 to place a radio antenna on top of the Maysville water tower as part of an updated radio system for Jackson County’s Emergency Services system. The antenna will be less than five feet tall, and will also include two four-foot tall microwave dishes. The council was told that the antenna on the water tower is key to the seven-site system, and will improve reception for units in the Maysville area.
The vote to approve was unanimous.
Work on the streetscape project is slated to begin July 26.
“I told them guys you better be here July 26, because we’ve told too many stories to the paper and they understand that this time,” Baker said.
Construction time is estimated to be three months, Baker said.
The council also voted to approve a contract amendment on the project that will lock in the price listed in the contract for the project.
In other business, the Maysville City Council:
·voted to accept a new contract with the Jackson County jail.
·authorized the mayor to sign the service delivery strategy for Jackson County.
·authorized the mayor to sign the 2010 Jackson County SPLOST intergovernmental agreement.
·voted to appoint Lucille Sims to the Downtown Development Authority, to take the point of Marilyn Sherry, who recently resigned.
·voted unanimously to approve a new contract agreement to provide probation services to the Maysville Municipal Court. The fee costs was increased from $30 to $35 per case.