A Pierce City man seeking a change in zoning to allow a small sawmill operation near the railroad tracks in the northern part of town has been denied.
The landowner, Darrell Clayton, had requested the variance so that he could put in a small industrial operation to manufacture railroad ties. The land is currently zoned for a mobile home park.
In a special meeting of the council held last week, a motion was made by Alderman Corey Sooter to approve the re-zoning request, and David Jones seconded the motion. A vote on the matter saw Sooter, David Jones, Melissa Creed, Brian Jones and Brandon Raley approving the request, and John Archer and Julie Garner voting against it. Alderman Scott Wahl was not present for the vote.
A question arose concerning the number of votes it would take to approve the measure. Pierce City statute 405.590 reads that the matter must pass by two-thirds vote of the board.
A decision by Pierce City Attorney Don Trotter has revealed that in order to make a change in zoning ordinances, there must be a two-thirds affirmative vote of aldermen, which would have required six members of the board to vote in favor of re-zoning.