[Monett Times] Fair ~ 63°F  
High: 78°F ~ Low: 55°F
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Pierce City Planning and Zoning split on request to rezone property

Thursday, October 7, 2010

(Photo)
City hall in Pierce City
In a contentious meeting of the Pierce City Planning and Zoning Board, community residents were on hand to question and oppose a new business venture proposed by Darren Clayton.

Clayton had previously asked the Pierce City Council to re-zone a remote piece of property at the corner of Morris and Pine Streets from residential to commercial so that he could build a tie mill operation.

The triangular-shaped piece of land is bordered on two sides by county roads and by the vacated rail line owned by Burlington Northern Railroad on the property's third side. There are no houses within 200 feet of the proposed business location. There are three homes located on Morris Street fronting Railview Avenue.

"It's dead land," Clayton said. "It will provide jobs for area people."

Clayton has five employees to start the operation and expressed hopes of adding more workers as the business grows.

Richard Reed, planning and zoning board member, questioned Clayton on the number and size of trucks entering the business from Highway 37, and Clayton answered that he currently had four trucks, mainly used in his own business, and an additional for-hire truck driver that hauls wood product from Kansas when necessary.

Clayton plans on having the vehicles enter the property from Highway 37 at Flehmer's Corner, which fronts Pine Street. Trucks exit the property on Farm Road 2225, coming out by Empire Electric substation and Pierce City Rural Fire Station.

Clayton told those assembled that the entire operation would be under roof, thus eliminating much of the noise they anticipated. He also explained that the mill would run on electricity, not by gas or diesel motors.

Clayton also noted that there would be a pit for the collection of sawdust, which is a marketable commodity.

"I would load it out with an industrial loader, so it wouldn't be there long," Clayton said.

Some community residents asked if the venture would add to the city's tax base. Clayton replied that as an agricultural industry, he would not pay sales tax.

One community resident said the board would be "murdering property values" in the area if they agreed to grant the variance.

Clayton said that the operation would run during daylight hours Monday through Saturday.

"If the city votes no, I'll go somewhere else and build it," Clayton said.

After hearing public input into the matter, the Planning and Zoning Board debated various issues concerning the proposed business venture.

Brian Jones was encouraged that a new business venture would be coming to Pierce City.

"He may not pay sales taxes, but his workers and the truck drivers are likely to come into town and buy a pop or lunch," Jones said. "Is he going to help the town? Sure."

Former Mayor Mark Peters reminded board members that re-zoning the property is permanent

"You have to look to see if it will help or hurt the potential growth of the city," Peters said.

When discussions concluded and a vote was called, board members Tom Gripka, Dana Stanphill and Richard Reed voted not to approve a recommendation to aldermen to re-zone the property from residential to industrial as opposed to commercial. Brian Jones, Andy Hogenmiller and John Stricklin voted to make the recommendation for re-zoning.

With the vote ending in a tie, board members voted not to send any recommendation to the Pierce City Board of Aldermen concerning the request.

The Planning and Zoning Board will meet again at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 at City Hall.


Comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on monett-times.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

THIS IS A MISTAKE IN MY VIEW,THE PROPERTY VALUES R NEXT TO NOTHING...WHAT PROPERTY VALUES?PIERCE CITY LAND IS NEXT TO WORTH LESS,I KNOW I USED TO LIVE THERE.NOW AFTER THE TORNADO IT'S WORTHLESS LAND?IF U R A STUDENT OF HISTORY PIERCE CITY TOLD THE RAILROAD TO GO FLY A KITE ABOUT 100YRS AGO.THE RR WANTED TO DEVELOP,SO THE RR WENT DOWN THE ROAD TO A TOWN NO BIGGER THAN PC CALL MONETT.LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE NOW!I THINK WHAT U HAVE IS A HANDFUL OF CITY COUSEL MORE WORRIED ABOUT THERE PROPERTY VALUES RATHER THAN WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE TOWN?GOD FORBID WE HAVE ANY JOBS & DEVELOPMENT IN PC?

-- Posted by Soujerner on Fri, Oct 8, 2010, at 10:06 AM


Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration:

© 2016 Monett Times, a division of Rust Publishing MOARCASS, L.L.C. All rights reserved.