Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Louisville Aldermen Deal With Economic Development and Zoning Issues

The Louisville Board of Aldermen met on Tuesday evening, October 4 and discussed some economic development issues. Economic Development director Glenn Haab proposed that the city participate in a a Brownfield Project Grant application. The Federal Grant provides for assessment and cleanup of hazardous or potentially hazardous properties from environmental contamination. 

The $400,000 Grant could be used to help identify either contaminated properties are used to clear properties that are perceived to be contaminated and provide some funding for cleanup. Properties such as gas stations, dry cleaners and industrial sites could be evaluated. Haab indicated that there was competition for these grants but the community had a roughly one-in-three chance of receiving such a grant with the city's participation. The Board agreed to pursue the grant.
In other Economic Development discussions, the city agreed to make the final payment to Retail Coach for their professional services. Retail Coach was hired in early 2014 to gather statistical data and to assist the community in finding new businesses that may be interested in coming to Louisville and Winston County.

After some discussion it was agreed that Haab would visit further with the company and make a recommendation concerning the community's relationship with the company.

Haab also informed the Board of continuing efforts to enhance tourism in the community. Haab spoke of improving and promoting events and ball tournaments as well as the possible use of an intern - likely a student from MSU that would assist in several capacities including assistance with e the City's Park and Recreation Department.

Alderman also reviewed recommendations of the Zoning Board on two petitions for use change and zoning. The first property located at 307 Pontotoc Street was the subject of a request to change the zoning from residential to commercial. The Zoning Board recommended that this change not be allowed and after review the Board of Aldermen concurred with that decision. 

The second property located at 938 South Church Street requested a variance due to a small business located in an outbuilding on the property. The board reviewed the matter and accepted the zoning board's recommendation to allow this variance.