PG Coun­cil Agrees To Com­pen­sate Owner

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kutter

PRAIRIE GROVE — Prairie Grove City Coun­cil re­cently ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion to pay $25,000 to com­pen­sate a prop­erty owner for an ease­ment for drainage im­prove­ments and a new side­walk along Viney Grove Road.

Larry Oel­rich, di­rec­tor of pub­lic works and ad­min­is­tra­tive ser­vices, rec­om­mended the com­pen­sa­tion to Car­roll Brown, not­ing the ease­ment will be about one-third of an acre and Brown will lose nine trees along the front of his prop­erty.

“This will im­pact his prop­erty,” Oel­rich told Coun­cil mem­bers. “He’s been won­der­ful to us in the past. He granted an ease­ment sev­eral years ago for no com­pen­sa­tion.”

The drainage im­prove­ment project is de­signed to help an area across the road that bot­tle­necks be­cause of storm wa­ter, Oel­rich said. The city is in­stalling two

4-foot by 8-foot pipes un­der the road and then will im­prove the drainage ditch along Viney Grove Road in front of Brown’s prop­erty.

Within the ease­ment the city will have an im­proved ditch, new side­walk and re­lo­cated gas and elec­tric lines.

Oel­rich said the area still will have prob­lems dur­ing ma­jor rain events.

In other ac­tion on Aug. 20, the Coun­cil amended the city’s side­walk or­di­nance for the down­town cen­tral busi­ness area. The or­di­nance re­quires a four-foot-wide open path on the side­walk in front of busi­nesses down­town. Pre­vi­ously, busi­nesses had to al­low a three-foot-wide path for pedes­tri­ans.

Oel­rich said four feet brings the city in com­pli­ance with the Amer­i­can Dis­abil­i­ties Act.

Busi­nesses down­town are al­lowed to place items on the side­walk in front of their build­ings but are not sup­posed to block the walk­way.

“We’re con­stantly hav­ing to get with busi­nesses to get them to move things but we also know where our bread is but­tered,” Oel­rich said.

He added that city staff would talk with down­town busi­nesses to make sure they know about the change.

Mayor Sonny Hud­son re­ported equip­ment in­side the for­mer Wal­mart Ex­press build­ing has been sold for $7,500 to var­i­ous peo­ple. Hud­son said the city now can be­gin work­ing on de­sign plans to turn the build­ing into Prairie Grove’s new li­brary.

The Coun­cil ap­proved two re­zon­ing re­quests.

Mitch Bartholomew re­quested to re­zone land on Viney Grove Road from A-1 to B-1. The Coun­cil also ap­proved an in­for­mal plat to split the land into two one-half acre lots for sin­gle-fam­ily homes. Prairie Grove Plan­ning Commission rec­om­mended ap­prov­ing Bartholomew’s re­quests.

The sec­ond re­zon­ing re­quest was from Mark Silva to re­zone the land with the old mo­bile home park on Her­itage Park­way (U.S. High­way 62) to a B-2 zone for com­mer­cial use. Cur­rently, about four or five mo­bile homes are still on the prop­erty. Ac­cord­ing to Oel­rich, Silva will not do any­thing with the land un­til the mo­bile homes are va­cant. His in­ten­tion in the fu­ture is to build a com­mer­cial struc­ture on the prop­erty.

The Coun­cil voted 6-1 to al­low the city to con­duct busi­ness with Coun­cil mem­ber Rick Clayton in the fu­ture if nec­es­sary. Clayton owns Clayton Tile Inc., of Prairie Grove. Clayton ab­stained from vot­ing and Coun­cil mem­ber Ray Car­son voted against the mo­tion.

City At­tor­ney Steven Parker said the or­di­nance makes Clayton el­i­gi­ble to do busi­ness as long as pur­chases are un­der $20,000. For any­thing over $20,000, Clayton would have to sub­mit a bid along with any­one else in­ter­ested in the project.

Also, the Coun­cil adopted an or­di­nance to amend the city’s zon­ing or­di­nance for por­ta­ble struc­tures. The change states that all ac­ces­sory struc­tures must be lo­cated on the rear two-thirds of the prop­erty. None is al­lowed in the front of the house.

LYNN KUTTER EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Prairie Grove City Coun­cil has amended the city’s side­walk or­di­nance for the down­town busi­ness dis­trict to re­quire a 4-foot-wide open path on the side­walks, in com­pli­ance with the Amer­i­can Dis­abil­i­ties Act.

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