Council approves zoning

TFD position reactivated
Feb. 22, 2013 @ 02:09 PM

Council approves zoning, TFD position reactivated
By Eliot Duke

Thomasville City Council approved a rezoning request from a property owner who hopes to develop a section of Julian Avenue.
At its monthly meeting Feb. 18, council voted unanimously to rezone various lots on Julian Avenue from R-8 medium density residential to M-1 light industrial district. Property owner Clyde Peters requested the rezoning so he could turn two apartment buildings into potential rented office space.
"The reason why I'm trying to get this property rezoned is because everything around it is M-1," Peters told city council. "I want to test the water on the street and see what might or might not be the best use for the property. I'm going to start with those two apartments and go from there and see how it works out."
With the rezoning request approved, Peters said he plans to put up signs at the properties indicating office spaces could be built based on what a potential tenant may need.   
"I've been paying taxes on that stuff for a long time and not getting anything out of it," said Peters. "I can't keep continuing to do that."
Peters made the request during a public hearing in which local political watchdog Barney Hill spoke in favor of the move.
"Clyde Peters has been good to Julian Avenue and it has been good to him," Hill said to Council. "You may say that my support carries no weight because I'm in favor of every rezoning because I don't believe in zones. I would be in favor of this rezoning even if I didn't believe in zoning."
In other business, Council granted a request from Thomasville Fire Chief Martin Dailey to activate a position that's been frozen for seven years.
In 2006, council froze the assistant fire chief position at Thomasville Fire Department due to budgetary restraints. The position remained in TFD's career advancement program, however, and required council to reactivate it. Dailey said there will be no additional hiring to fill the position as the assistant chief is replacing the training officer as part of TFD's restructuring.
"It gives the opportunity for someone within the department to move up in rank," said Dailey. "The assistant chief position will be doing some of same responsibilities as a training officer and we will coordinate training as a committee."
The Council approved a public hearing on the annexation of Fleer Avenue for March 18. Fleer Avenue, located in the Fair Grove community, originally was annexed in 2001, but an ensuing survey found only half the road's right-of-way rested in city limits. Residents wanted the entire street annexed so the city could take over its maintenance.
The Council awarded a bid for a rear load garbage truck to Carolina Environmental Systems, Inc. for $166,600, which came in under budget. City Manager Kelly Craver said he expects the truck to be delivered in March.

Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or duke@tvilletimes.com.