At the November 17 Smyrna Town Council meeting, council approved Mayor Pat Stombaugh’s nominations for some open town positions at Monday’s meeting. Council also finalized the annexation of the property containing the former Bob’s Market at Monday night’s meeting.
New appointments approved for town positions
At the November 17 Smyrna Town Council meeting, council approved Mayor Pat Stombaugh’s nominations for some open town positions at Monday’s meeting.
Stombaugh recommended that Regina Brown be appointed to the town’s personnel committee, and council approved this recommendation 6-0.
Council also approved the mayor’s recommendation of James Wolfe for the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Council approved this appointment 5-1, with Councilman Gene Mullen voting no.
Stombaugh nominated Martha Wagner to serve as an alternate for the town’s Election and Registration Board, and council approved the recommendation 5-1, with Mullen voting no.
Stombaugh also recommended that an unspecified representative of the Smyrna Downtown Renaissance Association be added to the town’s Long Range Planning Committee, but no members of council made a motion so the recommendation died.
Stombaugh did not yet make a recommendation for an open position on the town’s Ethics Commission.
Council also voted 6-0 to confirm the appointment of the town’s assessors: William Whitaker, Robert Riddagh and Bobbi Jo Watts.
Former site of Bob’s Market annexed
Council also finalized the annexation of the property containing the former Bob’s Market at Monday night’s meeting.
This roughly 12-acre parcel, owned by SSC LLC, is located on the east side of Route 13 on the north bank of Duck Creek.
Council voted 5-1 to annex this land into the Town of Smyrna under the town’s highway commercial zoning designation. Councilwoman Valerie White voted against the annexation.
The property owners plan to take down the vacant building currently standing at the site and replace it with a new retail business.
Changes to façade grants approved
Council also approved the third and final reading of an ordinance to amend the town’s façade improvement matching grant program.
According to the synopsis, this ordinance requires photographic and historic documentation for reconstruction, and also adds certain restrictions on a property in the event that it receives grant funds but is then sold.
Before council voted on the proposal, Councilman Bill Pressley reminded council that this ordinance has been on the table for a long time.
Pressley also reiterated that the façade grants are a budget item, and if no money is put in budget, the town won’t have the program. Council was voting on making changes to the grants program, he said.
Mayor Stombaugh expressed reservations by saying that a lot of times when things pass, the money is eventually spent.
“This is not the year to be giving money away,” she said.
Councilman Mullen said the ordinance amendment only changes the parameters of the grants and doesn’t authorize any expenditure of money.
At the end of discussion, council approved the ordinance 6-0.
Neizer commended for service
Smyrna Council unanimously approved a resolution commending Don Neizer for his “loyal service to the Town of Smyrna and its citizens.”
Neizer served on Smyrna’s Planning and Zoning Commission for 10 years before resigning recently.
Mayor Stombaugh described Neizer as a “dedicated citizen” who has spent numerous hours serving the town.
Councilman Mullen said Neizer served with “integrity, honesty, and is such a gentleman at all times.”
“He is an example we can definitely all be proud of,” Mullen said.