Tim Porter addressed the Farmington City Council Thursday in his new role as Director of Development Services for the city.

Porter, a former detective with the Farmington Police Department, began his new position with the city in July.

On Thursday he was leading the charge for the five public hearings held before the start of regular session.

First on the agenda was a public hearing regarding an amendment for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) at Butterfield Gardens.

Porter introduced Bret Burgess, who explained the request which was submitted by Farmington Home Builders.

Burgess said a portion of a lot sold to DNL Developers was found to not fit the specifications required for construction of a duplex. Instead, the amendment would allow for the construction of a single-family home with a two-car garage on the lot in question.

A first and second reading on the matter was requested by the developer due to the length of time it has taken through Planning and Zoning.

A handful of residents were in attendance and, when asked, expressed to the council their concerns had been answered. None issued any opposition to the plan. Resident Glenn Polete asked if the lot line between two lots would be abandoned, to which Burgess indicated it would.

The council approved the ordinance in regular session.

Two separate public hearings were held regarding the proposed solar energy farm for the city. Council approved an application for a final record plat for lot 5 in the Farmington IDA subdivision located near Highway H and Korber Road.

“This is property designated for the new solar farm,” Porter told the council.

A resident on Korber Road expressed his concern to possible water run-off onto the roadway after the solar farm is put in place. The resident expressed water run-off in the area is “outrageous” – with residents unable to use the low-water bridge during periods of heavy rain.

Public Works Director Larry Lacy said a solar engineer is expected to be in town to look at the property in coming weeks.

“I just want to let you know we are trying to improve this situation,” Lacy said of the water drainage on Korber Road, adding there will be reviews by others to come up with a possible solution.

The second public hearing was for a final record plat for property at 4529 Korber Rd., which would be used as an access for the solar farm property.

Council approved both ordinances during regular session.

Also approved by a first and second reading and council action during regular session were two ordinances vacating utility easements – one at lot 1 of Rhodes Subdivision and the other at Lot 2 of Weber Subdivision. Council also approved the ordinance establishing a procedure to disclose potential conflicts of interest and substantial interests for City Administrator Greg Beavers and members of the council. Councilman Crouch said City Clerk Paula Cartee explained this is a housekeeping measure coming before council every other year.

Council also approved vacating a portion of Detroit Street located in Custom Living Concepts, LLC Subdivision near Pine Street, as well as a quit-claim deed for the right-of-way.

Public hearings were also held on an application for rezoning property located at 606 KREI Blvd., as well as a proposed amendment to the subdivision regulations for minimum design and development standards.

A first reading by title only was held on both during regular session.

In other business, council approved the appointments of Mayor Larry Forsythe, Ward II Councilman John Crouch, Ward I Councilman Cody Eaves, former Mayor Mit Landrum and Finance Director Michelle Daniel to three-year terms on the TIF board in the consent agenda.

Also approved under the consent agenda were resolutions for a real estate contract with Donald and Patricia Ayers for property at 818 N. Washington St. as well as a contract for an easement purchase with Holly Tree Enterprises, Inc.

The council next meets in regular session on Aug. 28 in council chambers, located at 110 W. Columbia St.

Shawnna Robinson is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3628 or srobinson@farmingtonpressonline.com

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