A request for a special use permit to allow a bed and breakfast at 736 Greensferry Road was tabled by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen Feb. 19.
The request is being made by Christine M. Pagano. She said her market is renting to families who prefer not to stay in motels. At most, there will be two couples staying there at one time.
During a public hearing, neighbor Bob Lichtenegger said he had “no opposition” to Pagano’s request, but he did have concerns for traffic on Greensferry Road. He said he sees a lot of drivers exceeding the 30 mph speed limit and said this could be a hazard for patrons of a bed and breakfast as they back out of the drive onto Greensferry.
Alderman Paul Sander requested that the police department check out the traffic situation.
• Electric line relocation: The Board approved a $10,799.20 change order to power Line Consultants, LLC, of Farmington, for its work on the electric transmission/distribution line relocation project at Center Junction.
• Park Day: The Board set the annual Park Day for Saturday, April 25, beginning at 8 a.m. at shelter No. 1 at City Park.
• E-Cycle Event: The Board set the annual E-Cycle Electronic Waste Collection Event for Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jackson Sanitation Department Building.
• Tax-free weekend: The City of Jackson will participate in the Missouri Show-Me-Green Sales Tax Holiday April 19-25.
• Pavilion No. 5: The Board approved a change order in the amount of $1,300 to ABcreative, Inc., of De Soto, KS, for its work on replacing Pavilion No. 5 at City Park. The original pavilion had been destroyed in the windstorm last June 21. A new prefabricated steel shelter required new footings.
• Public hearings: The Board set three public hearings for 6 p.m. March 16.
Gregory and Carolyn Yielding are requesting a rezoning of all of 402 E. Adams St. from I-2 (heavy industrial) to C-3 (central business).
Crader Tire is requesting a special use permit for a temporary mobile office at 5218 Birk Lane, so they can continue to operate their business there. Their building was damaged by a tornado Jan. 11.
Dru and Tara Reeves are requesting a special use permit to operate a reptile rescue organization as a home occupation in an R-2 (single-family residential) district at 2745 Mansfield Pl.
Alderman Paul Sander suggested that two conditions be included in a special use permit. He said there should be a limit of public or private events held there, and that all waste be disposed of properly.
Dru Reeves said they take their reptiles to events away from their home, but rarely have events at home. Occasionally some 4-H groups or home-schooled children visit. Four cars can fit in the drive.
The largest reptile being kept is a 40-pound tortoise. Chameleons and geckos are only 180 grams. They do not keep poisonous or venomous reptiles.
• ATVs, Utility vehicles, golf carts on roadways: In study session, the Board discussed allowing all-terrain vehicles, utility vehicles or golf carts on city streets. Perryville, Ste. Genevieve and Morehouse allow them.
Although some Aldermen said these vehicles are somewhat dangerous — they offer little protection in a crash, and their tires are not designed to grip on slick, wet pavements — they agreed to discuss the matter further in another study session.
• Dispatch center agreement: A finished agreement with the county regarding the combined 911 dispatch center was to be brought to the Board of Aldermen at the March 2 meeting. The dispatch center will “go live” March 31.
• Deerwood and Hwy 61 N intersection: MoDOT is planning on improvements along North Hwy. 61 between Jackson and Fruitland but has no plans to put traffic signals at Deerwood.
The City would like to see traffic signals installed. The Aldermen will consider paying $10,000 to have a traffic study done and submit that study to MoDOT, as a way to get MoDOT to consider installing lights there.