Mt. Sterling forms its own planning commission and BZA

(Posted Oct. 16, 2019)

By Andrew Garrett, Staff Writer

The village of Mount Sterling is on its way to having its own planning commission and board of zoning appeals.

On Oct. 14, council adopted emergency legislation confirming Mayor Billy Martin’s appointments of Jim Davis, Michael Ratliff, Larry Scott, Deanna Stevens and Tri-County Fire Chief David Taylor to the newly created commission. The vote was unanimous. Council member Craig Hix was absent.

The need for a planning commission and board of zoning appeals came to light after a developer approached village administrators with an interest in the Beechy subdivision. Formerly known as the Roy Adams subdivision, the property is located behind the IGA building, according to Martin.

Plans include changing the sizes of existing lots and taking out Valleyview Street altogether, Martin said. The subdivision was initially platted more than 30 years ago, he noted.

Up to this point, the village has contracted with Fayette County for its zoning needs, at least since the Joe Johnson administration, and will possibly continue to do so for things such as building permits, according to Courtney Bricker, Mount Sterling’s fiscal officer.

The full responsibilities of the new planning commission and board of zoning appeals have not been set, but the village needed to establish the commission to address the development of the Beechy subdivision, Bricker said.

During the public comments portion of the council meeting, Tim Farley of Farley Refrigeration Services presented council with his desire to headquarter his business at 88 N. London St. He also requested approval for placing two 8×40-foot cargo containers at 18 Houston St., as well as the addition of a fence and gravel at the rear of the parcel, the addition of a commercial dumpster, and signage on the existing post and building. No action was taken on the requests.

In other business, council passed on emergency an ordinance adopting bulk water sales rates to a dairy operation located on Blaine Road in Pickaway County.

Council also passed an ordinance accepting the village’s financial recovery plan forecast due to fiscal emergency. The measure was passed in preparation for a Financial Planning Supervision Commission meeting that took place on Oct. 16.

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