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Next meeting set for Tuesday, April 2 at 2 p.m.
From Staff Reports
Objections to a set of new ordiances and changes to current ones are expected to dominate the next meeting of the Town of Leakesville Board of Aldermen set for next week.
The new ordinacnes were published in the Herald last week as a requirement of state law and the reaction, particularly on social media, was overwhelmingly negative.
An error occurred in last week’s edition of the Herald regarding the board’s next meeting time. In the article explaining the new town ordinances and amendments, the next Town of Leakesville meeting was incorrectly listed as being Apr. 9, at 2 p.m. The correct date of the next town board meeting is Tuesday, Apr. 2, at 2 p.m. in the Town Hall conference room.
Any town resident having concerns or objections to proposed ordinances and amendments will have three minutes to address the issue at the next town meeting.
“The meeting will be a place for an open and civil conversation to address the issues within the town,” Town Clerk Rex Garretson said. “We are looking for solutions.”
The two new town ordinances and amendments to two existing town ordinances address issues ranging from historic buildings to residential driveways in the county seat.
An amendment has been added to Ordinance 103, concerning historic buildings and structures. The amendment states that no structure, building or home being more than 75 years old can be demolished without first seeking approval from the board of alderman.
Another amendment passed for Ordinance 103 concerns driveways for residential homes within the city limits. This amendment will require a substantial driveway or parking area for any new residential construction and provide for a limited amount of time for current residents to come into compliance as well. The ordinance states materials such as asphalt, concrete, brick, stone, or other like materials must be used in construction of driveways and also puts restrictions on vehicles parked ‘haphazardly’ on public properties.
New Town Ordinance 146 addresses the issue of truck use and traffic in the Town of Leakesville.
Town Ordinance 147 institues the Town of Leakesville Environmental Court to enforce ordinances concerning property usage in the county seat. This ordinance went into effect at its adoption and publication in the Herald last week.
The full text of each of these amendments and new ordinances can be found here: https://www.greenecountyheraldonline.com/2019/03/22/town-of-leakesville-institutes-environmental-court-new-rules-for-big-truck-trafficparking-driveways-and-more-through-ordinances/