Council Approves Continuing Budget, Rezoning Request

The Jamestown Mayor and City Council, meeting in a special called session on Monday, June 27, passed a continuing budget to allow the city to continue to operate after July 1, and a rezoning request.

Mayor Ryan Smith called the session to order, and a roll-call by City Recorder Gail Dishmon showed all council members present except Danny Hayes.

Mayor Smith announced that while the meeting had been called to pass the budget for fiscal year 2016-17, that some computer problems in the new software had arisen, delaying the process of getting the budget document finished.

He further stated, that, according to law, the proposed budget must be published in the local newspaper before it could be voted on, and suggested that they pass a continuing budget, allowing the city to continue to operate after July 1 at the same level as they had during the 2015-16 budget.

He said their goal was to get the budget published in the July 6 edition of the Fentress Courier, and then they could pass it in their regular July 11 meeting and come back later that week, if necessary, to pass it on second and final reading.

There was also a rezoning request brought up, which had been omitted from their earlier meeting on June 13, requesting that a parcel of property owned by Raymond Phillips and others at 709 Rugby Avenue be rezoned from R-1, Residential, to R-2, High Density Residential.

After a rather lengthy discussion concerning possible traffic issues with the development of an apartment complex in that area, Gene Holt made a motion to approve the rezoning request, and it was seconded by Charles Cooper and passed, on a 3-1 vote with Holt, Cooper, and Corwin Brown voting for and Vaneesa Matthews voting against and Danny Hayes absent.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.