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Zoning request approved


The White Hall City Council followed the recommendation of the planning commission Monday evening and voted unanimously to rezone three small tracts north of Sheridan Road, west of Interstate 530, from a residential to commercial classification.

Planners indicated last week that commercial development is expected to continue on Sheridan. A Dollar General store recently opened in the area of the three tracts and the Smart Auto Mall is under development further to the east.

The tracts range in size from .6 of an acre to 3.3 acres.

Aldermen voted to suspend the rules of procedure and placed the proposed ordinance to rezone the land from R-1 (single family dwelling) to C-2 (general commercial) on three readings before adopting the measure.

The C-2 zoning classification allows most retail sales, restaurants, personal services, convenience stores and banks. Conditional uses for C-2 zoning, which must be approved by the planners, include car lots and garages, motels, funeral homes, veterinarian offices, cell towers, private schools, bowling alleys, arcades and billboards.

Retired Jefferson County Sheriff’s Capt. Bernard Adams, a longtime resident of White Hall, was honored with a plaque and proclamation from the council for 35 years of dedicated service Monday.

Mayor Noel Foster, who served as police chief and earlier worked for and with Adams at the sheriff’s department, praised the former lawman’s ability to track down fugitives.

He said Adams was held in high regard by the public and the officers he has worked with.

Aldermen voted to authorize the addition of another full-time police officer in December, raising the number of officers with the municipal police agency to 15.

The council has discussed funding for an additional officer in the 2013 municipal budget, but wanted to move the hiring up, Alderman Ken Smith said.

Foster said many individuals have moved to White Hall because of public safety and the schools, adding the additional officer will be an asset during the Christmas holidays.