As the dust of this year’s local election settles, the Athens City Council emerges unchanged.
All three incumbents — Carol Maberry, Elaine Jenkins and Carol Barton — were elected to keep their seats on the City Council. Council members voted Monday during the regular council meeting to approve the voting results and all three council members were officially sworn in.
“Do you solemnly swear to faithfully execute the duties of your office ... and preserve and protect the laws of the state and the Constitution of the United States of America to the best of your abilities?” asked city secretary Pam Watson of each council member in turn.
Each replied “I do,” with right hand raised.
The official ballot count in the only opposed election is Maberry, 382 votes and Bill Clark, 277 votes.
“Thanks for putting me back in,” Maberry said Monday. “I will continue to stand up for their issues for the next two years.”
Total votes for the unopposed candidates Jenkins and Barton are 437 votes and 417 votes, respectively.
“Thank you, I appreciate your support,” Jenkins said on Monday.
Barton also expressed her thanks on Monday.
“I hope to do my best, just as I always have,” she said.
Getting down to other council business, council members held two public hearings to discuss zoning changes to properties located on the loop. No public spoke at either of these hearings.
The properties in question were tract 112A in the J.B. Atwood Survey, located at the corner of FM 1616 and Loop 7, owned by Easter Properties; and tract 20 of the J.B. Atwood Survey, located at 1701 NE Loop 7, owned by Thesa Kay Holt.
“(Easter Properties) wants to rezone this from agriculture to commercial for future sale or development,” City Director of Planning and Development Gary Crecelius said. “If they sell it, it will have to come before the planning and zoning board and the council again.
“(Holt) wants to build mini warehouses on (her) property. They have to have a commercial specific use provision zoning.”
Currently, the property is only zoned as commercial.
Project officials provided council members with a site plan on Monday, which includes 15 units, RV parking, a 14-foot tall sign and an entrance ramp off the access ramp to Loop 7. Six units will be built in phase I of the project’s plans.
Council approved the first readings of both zoning ordinance changes.
In other business, council members also discussed and approved requests to replat several lots within the city’s extra-territorial jurisdiction on Lake Athens. They include:
• the subdivision of Stable Estates, owned by Brad Loden. The request included dividing the property into four lots for sale. Crecelius said each lot meets the requirements for septic and well systems;
• the subdivision of tracts 6, 6A, 6B and 6C of the C.W. Jackson Survey on Phantom Trail, owned by Sam and Merry Hurley. That request included dividing the property into 14 water-front lots. One lot is less than an acre and will be designated as green belt for a future lift station; and
• the combining of lots 2 and 3 in the Windward Point Subdivision, on Phantom Trail Road, owned by Patrick Mulligan. The request was made to allow Mulligan to build a bigger boathouse as per the Athens Municipal Water Authority standards.
These requests will also have to be presented to the Henderson County Commissioners Court.
The Athens City Council regularly meets every second and fourth Monday of each month in the council chambers of the City Hall Annex, 501 Pinkerton Street. The public is welcome to attend.