By Faye Gaston

At the July 6, 2020, meeting of the Union Springs City Council, Mayor Saint T. Thomas, Jr. announced that the Planning Commission had also met on July 6, 2020. The Commission decided to hold two separate meetings in August to conduct public hearings by zoom conference call at 5:00 p.m. on August 3, 2020, and August 17, 2020.

These hearings concern "conditional use requests for mobile homes". In addition to the ones already on the agenda, the Planning Commission approved a new application in this category.

Answers were given to questions from Real Estate Agent, Johnny Adams, about zoning for mobile homes and where mobile homes could be placed in the City of Union Springs. Brian Agnew, Chairman of the Planning Commission and City Councilman, stated that mobile homes can be placed in the current mobile home parks (Sardis, Gibson, and Poe's).

City Attorney Elizabeth Smithart informed Mr. Adams that each mobile home has to meet certain requirements and the building inspector should not approve certain mobile homes to be placed in the City of Union Springs.

Among issues to be addressed at the public hearings are conditional use requests for mobile homes by Harold Henry for property located at 204 Holcombe Avenue East (R2; Peggy Pitts at 111 Montgomery Avenue (R3); Nelson Mason at 135 Seale Avenue (R3). Other issues possibly include the requests for rezoning by Attorney Wanda Cochran to place a Bed and Breakfast in the "Old Blount Home" at 401 North Prairie Street (R1), and Nazareth Thornton's request to place an Upscale Pedicure Salon at 186 Radford Lane (R1).

At the May 4, 2020, meeting of the Planning Commission, Presetta Walker provided the names and addresses for future "conditional use requests" to place mobile homes in the city: James Washington, 506 Johnson Street; Shamika Smith on Rayfield Street; Michael Cooks at 718 6th Street; Svetlana Miles at 905 Johnson Street; Shakia Williams at 213 K Avenue; Judy Glaze at 406 Waugh Street; and Rita Allen at 211 Holcombe Avenue.

The City Council approved the appointment of Presetta "Necee" Walker as the Zoning Administrator on May 18, 2020, and the Planning Commission approved this appointment on June 1, 2020.

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