City officials approved a street name change during Tuesday’s regular Gainesville City Council meeting — and announced terms of a recently approved smoking ordinance on Wednesday.
During the meeting, council approved an ordinance to rename a portion of Weber Drive at the Gainesville Municipal Airport to Zodiac Drive, as requested by Zodiac Seats U.S. (formerly Weber Aircraft). Zodiac requested the name change to reflect their new official company name. Zodiac Drive (formerly Weber Drive) runs from Highway 82 north to Colorado Drive. There was no opposition to the street name change during the public hearing held prior to Council consideration of the ordinance. The city and Zodiac Seats U.S. are the only property owners affected by the change in street name.
City Manager Barry Sullivan said the city sees the renaming as a positive for the local company and also an opportunity for the city to resolve the issue of having two streets named Weber Drive. The remaining Weber Drive, from Colorado Drive north to Kansas Avenue, will retain the name Weber Drive.
Other meeting highlights:
• Council heard annual budget requests from representatives of the Noah’s Ark animal shelter, Cooke County Arts Council and Court Appointed Special Advocates.
• Council approved a contract with the Cooke County Appraisal District for appraisal and collection services for a two-year period beginning Jan. 1, 2014, and ending Dec. 31, 2015.
• Council authorized the purchase of a new ladder truck for the Gainesville Fire Department and trade in of the current ladder truck for credit toward the purchase. The new truck is to be purchased through the local government co-op, HGAC Buy, in the amount of $749,500. Payment will be made from current fiscal year budgeted funds.
• Council approved and adopted second reading amendments to the Zoning Code Appendix A. The adopted ordinance incorporates all changes requested by Council during first reading of the ordinance on June 4, and the final terms include: clarification of masonry requirements to cover 80 percent of each side of the first floor of all residential structures excluding doors and windows; minimum living area requirements for apartments in multifamily residential districts of 650 square feet for a one-bedroom unit, 925 square feet for a two-bedroom unit and 1,100 square feet for a three-bedroom unit with an additional 100 square feet for each bedroom over three. Council added the limitation that one-bedroom apartments may comprise a maximum of 50 percent of the unit total. Accessory buildings or structures constructed or placed within the “MF-2” high-density multifamily residential districts must mimic the architectural style of the principle structure including rooflines, pitch, construction materials and colors. For developments with garages for 25 percent of the units, accessory carports may be constructed of metal, including the awning. Sno-cone stands will be allowed in the “CA” central area district and the “C1” restricted commercial district from April 1 through September 30. Definition of a sno-cone stand is to be added for second reading of the ordinance. Mobile vending units are allowed to conduct business only in the “C3” outdoor commercial district, and must meet provisions for allowable signage and restriction that only one vendor may occupy a single or group of lots under common ownership. Regarding fencing material, aluminum and metal solid panel fencing allowed only in the industrial zoning districts. Fences that are not required as screening under the provisions of the ordinance are to be constructed of a) permanent, solid masonry material; b) treated or decay-resistant wood fencing material; c) vinyl fencing material. Decorative rail aluminum or wrought iron required in the heritage preservation overly district only.
City administration announced Wednesday that the recently adopted smoking ordinance is set to go into effect Monday, July 1, 2013. The ordinance was adopted by the Gainesville City Council during a meeting on May 7. Under the new ordinance, smoking is prohibited in all enclosed public places, parks and recreational facilities, and sporting arenas for use by spectators.
The city has also developed a helpful list of questions and answers on their webpage for clarification of the ordinance. Members of the City of Gainesville Community Development Department have also distributed the questions and answers to most restaurants in town. To view the list, visit www.gainesville.tx.us, click on “City Code” and then “Smoking Ordinance Q&A.”
For more information, call (940) 668-4540.