2017-07-14 / Front Page

Council approves changes to zoning

BY DAVID LOWE
DISPATCH RECORD


Bart Baker, a Lampasas firefighter who recently became a police officer as well, takes the oath of office from Municipal Court Judge Robert Gradel during Monday’s Lampasas City Council meeting. 
DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Bart Baker, a Lampasas firefighter who recently became a police officer as well, takes the oath of office from Municipal Court Judge Robert Gradel during Monday’s Lampasas City Council meeting. DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD The Lampasas City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve two different zoning changes -- one for a house and one for an area that contains 20 tracts.

On the first item, the council voted to change the zoning at 202 E. Fifth St. from retail to Single Family Residential-6. Owners Steve and Cassie Langdon requested the change so the zoning will match the existing use of their property.

The site on East Fifth Street has a house, carport and landscaped yard, and the residential use is allowed with "grandfathered" status -- meaning the city has let the property stay residential because it already was used for that purpose when the retail zoning was put in place.

If the house were destroyed, however, the grandfathered exemption would end, and the owners would not be able to build a new house at the site, according to notes in the council's meeting packet.


Lampasas Police Department Sgt. Investigator Tim Ryan holds a certificate he received for completing the Leadership Command College at the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. 
DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Lampasas Police Department Sgt. Investigator Tim Ryan holds a certificate he received for completing the Leadership Command College at the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Rezoning will allow the property to stay residential even if something were to happen to the existing house.

The city sent 15 notices to nearby property owners, and none objected to the zoning being changed. The Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend the City Council approve the rezoning request.

On the next agenda item, the council voted to rezone 20 tracts on the east side of town -- a total of 18.7 acres -- from retail and Single Family Residential-10 to Single Family Residential-6. The area to be rezoned is from East Fourth Street toward Central Texas Expressway, and from Old Georgetown Road to the area of the post office.


Joe Corcoran receives a certificate of appreciation Monday from Mayor Misti Talbert. The mayor named Corcoran a “Community Champion” for his efforts to promote Lampasas. 
DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Joe Corcoran receives a certificate of appreciation Monday from Mayor Misti Talbert. The mayor named Corcoran a “Community Champion” for his efforts to promote Lampasas. DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD SF-6 zoning allows for smaller houses than are allowed in SF-10 zones.

Zoning Administrator Ursula Paddie said the matter arose when a property owner wanted to sell single-family residential property. Because at least six months had passed since the property was used for residential purposes, however, the property lost its grandfathered status and reverted back to retail zoning.

"We came to the conclusion that [entire 18.7-acre area] would be a good area to rezone as a whole, because all those lots are being used as residential and not as retail, and it just is a better fit," Mrs. Paddie said.

The city sent 51 notices to nearby property owners and received three response letters -- all in favor of changing the zoning to SF- 6. The Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously recommended the council approve the request.

In another matter, the council unanimously approved the installation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition equipment at the sewage lift station on FM 580 East, just past the Key Avenue intersection. The cost of labor, materials, programming and installation is $25,250 through Trac-N-Trol, the city's SCADA system contractor.

SCADA provides automated monitoring of the city's water and wastewater operations. For example, Water/Wastewater Operations Manager Van Sims said SCADA monitors the power at lift stations, checks whether the stations' pumps are on and tracks the pumps' running time. SCADA also monitors how high the sewage level is at a lift station, and the automated system alerts the city staff if the level is too high.

Also at Monday's council meeting, a new police officer and a longtime Lampasas police investigator received special recognition.

Lampasas firefighter Bart Baker, who has received his certification as a police officer, took the oath of office, administered by Municipal Court Judge Robert Gradel.

After that, Chief of Police Sammy Bailey recognized Sgt. Investigator Tim Ryan for graduating from the Leadership Command College at the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas.

Ryan is the police department's fifth LEMIT graduate, as Ms. Bailey, Assistant Chief of Police Jody Cummings, Code Enforcement Officer Sgt. Tony Barrio and the late Chief of Police L.D. Bender also completed leadership training with the institute.

Other special recognition at the council meeting went to Joe Corcoran, whom Mayor Misti Talbert named a "Community Champion."

Mrs. Talbert created the Community Champion program to honor those who serve the community and enhance Lampasas' quality of life.

Corcoran and his wife, Maricela, relocated to Lampasas in 2011 and live on East Second Street in the former post office, which they renovated.

In addition, the Corcorans renovated and then resold to the city the former City Hall at the corner of East Third and South Main streets. The more than 80-year-old building houses Municipal Court, and the city is working to develop a new Council Chambers on the top floor of the facility.

Corcoran has served as organizer of the Lampasas Hillacious Bike Tour. And as local organizer for the ATLAS 4000, he has brought the ride to Lampasas. The ride is the kickoff event for the Texas 4000 charity cycling journey from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska.

Mrs. Talbert also recognized Corcoran for his work to promote Lampasas as a desirable place to live.

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