Minutes

Village of Misenheimer

Planning Board Meeting

October 13, 2011 7PM

Community Building

Present:           Donnie Day, Vice Chairman

Nancy Henderson, Board Member

Joel Rogers, Board Member

Peter Edquist, Council Member

Mike Riemann, Mayor

Pam Humphrey, Clerk

Day opened the meeting at 7:06 PM and declared a quorum present.  Rogers made a motion to accept the July 14, 2011 minutes.  The motion was seconded by Henderson and approved by a 3/0 vote.

Review of Zoning Applications: There were no Zoning Applications to consider.

Mayor Riemann updated the Planning Board regarding the following items:

1.       Sidewalks for the Village: Mayor Riemann advised that he had talked with all of the effected homeowners but one along the sidewalk route.  The sidewalk route consists of the existing sidewalk along Hwy 52 to Pfeiffer Place and the new section that would be built from Pfeiffer Place to the Village limits at the Substation.  The overall reaction for request of land for a 14 foot permanent easement for the possible five or six foot sidewalk has been positive.  NCDOT has been onsite in the Village to examine the proposed sidewalk path and will provide us a construction estimate in the next couple of weeks.  NCDOT has advised the Village that a blanket easement should be able to be obtained that will require being recorded.  A survey should not be required.  Some water meters and underground utilities may need to be relocated.

2.       Interim Zoning Officer-Mike Riemann, Mayor:  Mayor Riemann will be the Interim Zoning Officer until another candidate is identified.  Currently, the only zoning activity in process is with Connie Porter who plans to open a tanning salon in the Village.  Pfeiffer University will be providing their cut sheets for their new lighted signage for our Zoning files.

3.       Carolina Thread Trail Grant Award September 15, 2011: The Village was notified that we had been awarded the Carolina Thread Trail (CTT) community (Village of Misenheimer/Richfield/New London) corridor design grant ($20,000 grant award plus $10,000 total contributed equally be each community ($3,333.33 each)) as of September 15, 2011.   The Village will be the lead municipality providing accounting for the grant.  Work on the grant must be completed in one year.  Stewart Engineering, Inc. will be the corridor design engineers for the project.  Public meetings will be held as part of the corridor design process.

During the October 10, 2011 Council meeting, Herron made the motion to accept the CTT grant award and the design contract with               Stewart Engineering, Inc.  Burrage seconded the motion and it was approved by a vote of 5/0.

Discussion ensued among the Council members regarding possible CTT Steering Committee members from the communities.  The following are confirmed for members from the Village:

  • Mike Riemann, Mayor
  • Peter Edquist, Council Member
  • Quinton McKissick, Pfeiffer University Director of Outdoor Leadership and Recreation

Other citizens will be considered to fill all of the open and available Village CTT Steering Committee positions.

4.       Possible Sewer Extension:  Mayor Riemann has been working with Andy Lucas, Stanly County Manager, discussing a possible sewer trunk line in to the Village.  The new owner of the Clearview Apartments has been inquiring as their package plant has issues.   Mayor Riemann commented that in his research that he has noted that sewer is not usually financially viable for a municipality without industrial and residential customers.  He commented that the Village may need to seriously discuss whether they want to be a community with sewer or septic.

Mayor Riemann is preparing a technical document that needs to be submitted in order to secure engineering study bids to estimate the cost of obtaining a sewer trunk line.  There was a sewer feasibility study done for the Village of Misenheimer in 2006.

5.       Gladstone Academy Restoration Update:  Mayor Riemann advised that the grading and seeding of the lot has been completed.   Mayor Riemann has not been able to get a response from the NC State Historic Preservation Office for preservation/restoration advice.   Terry Wilbur of Southern Home Management (General Contractor) in Greensboro was referred to the Village by the Stanly County Museum.  This firm was involved in the Snuggs Home restoration in Albemarle.  The Mayor met with Mr. Wilbur 10/10/11 whereupon Mr. Wilbur spent the morning examining the Gladstone Academy property inside and out.  He was impressed by the building’s condition and some of the unique architectural features.  Southern Home Management will provide an assessment of the property and an estimate to preserve/restore it for the Council’s review.  The Village has spent approximately $5,025.00 toward preservation/restoration during FY 11/12

Now that the building is more visible from the road, the Village will affix “No Trespassing” signs.  The doors and windows may also need securing from the elements if the preservation/restoration is scheduled for a later start date.

At the Council meeting on October 10, 2011, Edquist requested that the Village contact the adjacent property owners to determine their current interest in donating or selling the lot adjacent to Gladstone Academy to use as a possible park location.  Mayor Riemann indicated that he would contact the property owners.  Edquist advised the Planning Board to consider more Park zoning.

Consideration and Determination of Zoning Cases: There were no Zoning Cases to consider.

A Motion was made by Rogers and seconded by Henderson to adjourn the meeting at 7:35PM.  The Motion was approved by a vote of 3/0.

 

Minutes-Village of Misenheimer Planning Board Meeting July 14, 2011 7PM Community Building

Present: Donnie Day, Vice Chairman Nancy Henderson, Board Member Joel Rogers, Board Member Ahren Burrage, Board Member

Day opened the meeting at 7:05 PM and declared a quorum present. Henderson made a motion to accept the April 21, 2011 minutes. The motion was seconded by Rogers and approved by a 4/0 vote.

There were no Zoning Applications to consider.

Mayor Riemann, who could not attend the meeting, provided a Sidewalk Recommendations document for the Board’s review and comment. A copy of that document is attached with these minutes. The following were comments and/or questions raised by Board Members: • The Board agreed with Mayor Riemann regarding the priority of the projects listed (1. Sidewalk on Hwy 52 going toward Richfield 2. Sidewalk on Wesley Chapel Road South and 3. Sidewalk along Wesley Chapel Road North. • Day mentioned that he would prefer that no General Funds be used to complete any of these projects even if it meant returning Powell Bill funds back the State of NC. • There was discussion that Priority 2-Sidewalk along Wesley Chapel Road South only needed to go as far as the newly acquired Gladstone Academy property and/or as far out as land that may be acquired for an eventual park. • There was discussion regarding keeping Wesley Chapel Road more ‘’rural” in character and to consider the tree situation wherever the sidewalk would be located.

A motion was made by Rogers and seconded by Day to proceed with the first priority project (Sidewalks along Hwy 52 going toward Richfield), limit the distance to be paved in sidewalks on the second priority project (Sidewalks along Wesley Chapel Road South) to only go as far as the Gladstone Academy or the possible proposed park land, and to acknowledge that the third priority project (Sidewalks along Wesley Chapel Road North) would probably not be able to be funded by Powell Bill funds. The motion was approved by a 4/0 vote.

A motion was made by Day and seconded by Rogers to have the Village Council handle securing another Zoning Officer as they had no replacement recommendations. The motion was approved by a 4/0 vote.

There were no Zoning Cases to consider.

A motion was made by Henderson and seconded by Rogers to adjourn the meeting at 7:30 PM. The motion was approved by a 4/0 vote.

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                               Village of Misenheimer

                                Planning board Meeting

                                         April 21, 2011

 

Present:  Amanda Barringer, Chairman

                 Donnie day, Vice Chairman

                 Nancy Henderson, Board  Member

                 Joel Rogers, Board Member

                 Mike Riemann, Mayor

                 David Ezzell, Health Department

 

Barringer opened the meeting and declared a quorum present. Rogers made a motion to approve the minutes from the February 10, 2011 meeting. The motion was seconded by Day and approved by a 4/0 vote.

There were no Zoning applications to consider.

David Ezzell of the Health Department presented a program on types of Misenheimer soils and possible septic systems. He brought a soil map which showed that most of the municipality had poor soil. A typical septic system costs $5,000-$6,000 but for Misenheimer, it may go as high as $30,000. Similarly a septic system typically requires 8,000 to 10,000 square feet for the system and it’s replacement but for Misenheimer, a septic system and replacement space may require as much as 20,000-30,000 square feet.

The information provided by Mr. Ezzell will help the Planning Board make recommendations for development lot sizes as the current Zoning Ordinance is reviewed.

Riemann presented information on the state maintained roads in the Village. Davidcyn Apartment Drive, Glenmore Road, Reeves Island Road and Wesley Chapel road all have 60’ right-of-way. U.S. 52 through Pfeiffer has 60’ right-of-way but has no right-of-way elsewhere. The drive to Gray Stone School has 50’ right-of-way. This information will be helpful in sidewalk planning because Powell Funds can only be used on public road right-of-way. DOT has indicated that curb and gutter sidewalk along state maintained roads is usually not approved.

There no pending Zoning application decisions.

Rogers made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Henderson seconded the motion which was approved 4/0.

Minutes

Village of Misenheimer

Planning Board Meeting

February 10, 2011, 7:15PM

Present:     Donnie Day, Vice-Chairman

                    Ahren Burrage

                    Joel Rogers

                   Mike Riemann, Mayor

The Vice-Chairman called the meeting to order and declared a quorum.  He declared Burrage, Day and Burrage to be voting members.

The Chairman asked for a motion to approve the November 11, 2010 Minutes. Rogers made the motion which was seconded by Burrage and the motion passed with a 3/0 vote.

Discussion was opened on making the meeting times in the Rules of Procedure for the Planning Board consistent with the meeting time in the Rules of Procedure for the Board of Adjustment. Rogers moved that Planning Board meetings be changed to quarterly meetings on the second Thursday of July, October, January, and April. Elections will be held at the July meeting. The motion was seconded by Burrage and the motion was approved by all.

Mayor Riemann brought forth a request from the Village Council for the Planning Board to change their focus from sidewalks to improving the Zoning Ordinances of the Village. He indicated that improvement could be done at different levels and New London, Red Cross, and Quanite Quarry had developed ordinances at $5000, $20,000, and $25,000 respectively. Different professional service providers were used by each. The Planning Board was encouraged to review ordinances at other municipalities and to make a recommendation at the April meeting for the level of change so that the appropriate amount could be set aside in the budget for 2011-12.

The Mayor informed the Board of the current difficulties of using Powell Bill funds for the Richfield sidewalk project.

 Day moved the meeting adjourn at 8:20PM. The motion was seconded by Burrage and passed unanimously.

Minutes

Village of Misenheimer Planning Board

Zoning Map Change Hearing

November 11, 2010, 7:00PM

Present:     Amanda Barringer, Chairman

                    Donnie Day, Vice-Chairman

                    Ahren Burrage

                    Nancy Henderson

                   Tracey Wyrick, Zoning officer

Absent:      Joel Rogers

Zoning Change Applicant:    Connie Porter and Rick

Property Owners: Richard and Kathy Gentry

The Chairman called the meeting to order and declared a quorum.  The Chairman requested a motion to go into Public Hearing. Day made the motion which was seconded by Burrage. The motion passed unanimously. All present were asked to introduce themselves.

The Chairman asked for a motion to approve the agenda. Day moved the approval of the agenda which was seconded by Henderson; the motion passed with all in favor.

The minutes from the June 2, 2009 and the June 14, 2010 meetings were presented. Day moved the approval of both sets of minutes. The motion was seconded by Henderson and passed 4/0.

The Chairman opened the Zoning Map Change Hearing and asked Zoning Officer, Tracey Wyrick to present the application. He stated that Connie Porter had requested a change from RA to HB on the 2.246 acres of land listed on the tax map as parcel number 661303447255 and described in Deed Book 1339, Page 928. He then requested Ms. Porter to state her reasons for requesting the change and to explain the nature of her business.

Ms. Porter read a prepared statement which indicated she had been a successful business owner of Sunseeker Tanning in Rockwell, NC and further stated she planned to open a Tanning Salon in Misenheimer and would operate four or five tanning beds. She presented lists of Pfeiffer students who supported her business venture. She pledged to meet all codes necessary to open the business.

The Planning Board then asked Ms. Porter specific questions about the nature of her business. She was asked how many customers she would have at one time and she said that was usually limited to the number of tanning beds. She was asked about parking and she said she hoped to use the current parking area. It was explained that DOT issued driveway permits and that they might dictate a different parking area. Some concern was raised about the safety of the entrance. She was asked about signs and she indicated her current sign is a 8’ by 10’ white painted sign and implied she hoped to use it. She mentioned she had a meeting Nov. 16 with different individuals involved in code enforcement (Fire Marshall, Building Inspector, etc.)

Neighbors Richard and Kathy Gentry were given the opportunity to speak. Their primary concern was safety and stated that several accidents had happened at that intersection of Glenmore and US 52. They felt that the proposed sign would limit visibility and could cause additional safety issues. It was explained that DOT controlled line of site issues along state maintained highways. They were also concerned about would happen to the property if the business was not successful.

The Planning Board then began deliberation. They discussed the HB option and other more restrictive options, GB, CB and I-U. Since the property is so close to neighborhood homes, there was a sense that a more restrictive zoning might be appropriate. Discussion focused on zoning the property I-U rather than the requested HB.

The Chairman asked for a recommendation that either accepted the requested zoning change, or modified the requested change or rejected the requested change. Day made a motion to modify the Zoning Map Change request from HB to I-U and asked that the Board accept the modified request. The motion was seconded by Burrage and the motion passed with all in favor. Day then made a motion that the Planning Board present a statement to the Village Council that the decision is justified because it follows Land Use Planning Principle 3 (business is focused along the highway corridor) and because it is consistent with other Land Use Planning Principles. The motion was seconded by Henderson and passed with all in favor.

Day moved that the Board go out of Public Hearing and the motion was seconded by Henderson. The motion passed without dissent. Day then moved the meeting adjourn. The motion was seconded by Henderson and passed unanimously.