Alderman approve zoning change unanimously

Zach Vaughn approached the Petal Board of Aldermen and Mayor Hal Marx at a regular meeting of the board on Tuesday in reference to the Planning Commission recommendation to grant a zoning change for his property.

The recommendation to rezone the property located at 317 N. Main St. from R-2 to commercial was approved unanimously.

Vaughn and his wife, Jessica, purchased a home at that location in order to open the city’s first law firm.

“All we want to do is get a small law firm going,” Vaughn said.

He said it would be a “mom-and-pop” operation.

Vaughn said 60 percent or more of his clients are Petal residents, which prompted him and his wife to make this move.

The board also approved the Planning Commission recommendation to grant a special exception for property located at 1101 S. Main St. allowing a tow yard with the stipulation that a 10-foot wooden fence is installed.

The fence is required to go up within a couple of weeks of the opening of the tow yard and will run along the front of the property hiding it from view of passing vehicles.

In other action, the board:

• Approved a request to purchase eight tickets to the Protectors of Petal benefit at a cost of $25 each;

• Denied a special exception allowing a mobile home on property located at 216 Springfield Road at the recommendation of the Planning Commission;

• Approved a request to pay Estimate No. 3 in the amount of $176,026.59 to Warren Paving for 2016 Street Rehab per Shows, Dearman and Waits recommendation;

• Approved a request to send items to salvage recycling. The meters contain lead and can no longer be put in the ground due to federal regulations;

• Accepted the resignation of D’Andre Tate in the Recreation Dept. effective Feb. 28;

• Appointed Ken Bullock as representative for Pine Belt Regional Solid Waste Authority;

• Approved a request to add 2012 Chevrolet Silverado to the list of unmarked vehicles in the Police Department;

• Approved the docket of claims for Feb. 2017;

• Approved a request for Ryan Smith to attend Miss. Rural Water Association Annual Conference in Jackson March 27-30;

• Adopted an order promoting Orrin Thomas to Sgt. At a rate of $17.8572 effective March 1;

• Adopted an order promoting LeBryon Jackson to Sgt. At a rate of $17.8572 effective March 1;

• Adopted an ordinance amending the zoning ordinance to strike section 7.533.5.2(b) of the sign regulations;

• Appointed Amy Heath as the designated person responsible for the Fair Housing record-keeping and receipt of complaints;

• Approved a request to acknowledge Howard Technology Solutions as a sole source provider for bill payment kiosk;

• Approved a request to authorize the purchase of a bill payment kiosk in the water department at a cost of $309,935;

• Accepted a merchant agreement with Vantiv for credit card processing at the kiosk. Processing fees will be paid by the customer per state law;

• Accepted a merchant agreement with Sage Check 21+ for check processing at the kiosk;

• Purchased a scholarship salute page for Miss Mississippi Pageant;

• Adjusted water and sewer services billed to Petal United Methodist Church in the amount of $336.73 due to a leak;

• Adjusted water and sewer late fees billed to Petal United Methodist Church in the amount of $58.29 due to a leak.