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2/27/2013 7:00:00 PM
Council studying repair, zoning issues
Robinson City Council Tuesday night held off on two decisions to allow more time to consider them.

Aldermen tabled an ordinance change that would allow the public-works department to repair cuts made in streets by utility companies and others. They need to examine the franchise agreements with Ameren and other companies before making the change, said Lawrence Quick, public works superintendent.

Quick said he does not want to add the responsibility to the department's other duties, but some of the repairs have needed repairs for months.

The other tabled item was for a company's expansion.

The council had intended to vote on rezoning for part of the proposed expansion to SENCO Construction's site along South Eaton Street. The property owner had asked for additional time to consult with area residents about the project.

Zoning changes continued to be discussed during the meeting.

The city will examine altering zoning rules to make them more specific about the type of business to be allowed. Current zoning changes are permanent and deal in generalities, such as traffic level, permitted building types and parking. They do not restrict what specific businesses can be built.

Mayor Roger Pethtel said residents are concerned that a change in zoning might result in an unwanted company, such as a package liquor store, coming in if the originally proposed business was not built.

A requested variance for a garage at 1507 N. Jackson was granted. The zoning there requires 15 feet of space from the boundary line and the owner wanted to build 11 feet away.

Cub Scouts from the Wolf den of Pack 901 led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Alderman Bob Sornberger was absent.

The next meeting is at 7 p.m. March 12 in the City Council Chambers at the Community Center.

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