Councilman-at-Large Gary Knoblock reports on issues before the Planning & Zoning Commission; the Mayor's Report; and a possible energy audit for the City.
Planning and Zoning recommendations
Bay St. Louis Homes & Properties, LLC presented to the Council. Attorney Malcom Jones represented Bay St. Louis Homes. The Planning and Zoning Commission's vote ended in a 2-2 tie and the motion to approve failed due to the tie.
There has been broad opposition to this project in the past due to the many variances and high density of homes on the Shieldsboro property on Old Spanish Trail. This presentation had a few changes; the streets were widened by 10 feet to a total of 50' wide. The house density remained at 125.
Shortly after the applicants presented their plans, Councilman Smith made a motion to deny the application which was seconded by Councilman Zimmerman. Discussion commenced, and Council president Josh DeSalvo allowed the citizens present to go on the record with their objections to the development. The council voted 6-1, DeSalvo dissenting, to deny the project. This was the second time the council denied this development.
Read the latest report from Planning & Zoning here.
The Consent Agenda
The council approved a motion to negotiate a contract for energy efficiency services with PATH. Motion passed 6-1. I voted “nay.” I stated that Fire Stations 1 & 2, built after Hurricane Katrina, have LED lighting, the Community Center on Court Street has LED lighting, as does the Community Center on Blaize Avenue. The mayor has been converting City Hall with LED lighting for the last couple of months. But let’s see what the cost will be for an energy audit.
We went into executive session and spoke of the current harbor litigation, and the garden center. We approved a new contract with the garden center.
Last, I attended the MOPAR Day in Da Bay at the Depot on Thursday. WOW! Despite the weather, that was a great event. Hats off to the MOPAR group for naming the BSL Depot their destination for the next four years. Hats off to the Alice Moseley Museum and other sponsors for launching this event.