By TIM COKER
The Portland City Council met in regular session on Mon., Dec. 4 at City Hall. Growth, development, and alcohol sales were the dominant issues on the agenda.
The Council unanimously approved on first reading an annexation of property at long Hwy. 31 and Hwy. 109. The annexation was requested by the owner and is being looked at by the Speedway LLC, for development of a new fueling station and truck stop to cater to the needs of the new interchange near that location. The proposed site will be at the intersection of the new spur of Hwy. 109 currently under construction and Hwy. 31 across from Lake Springs Rd.
The Council also approved a resolution authorizing a certificate of compliance to be issued to Fred’s Store on W. Knight Street for the sale of wine for off-premise consumption. This would be a new retail outlet for the sale of wine in the City of Portland. A renewal of a certificate of compliance was also approved for Portland Wine and Spirits, also located on W. Knight Street.
The Council also approved a two rezoning ordinances. An area of property on Hwy. 52-E near Portland CARES was rezoned from Office Professional to Multi-Family (RM-1). The developer shared the plan for this development was for residential duplexes. Also rezoned at the meeting was an area of property at 113 Oak St. from R-7.5 Residential to Central Business District (CBD).
Other items of note passed at the meeting include:
The appointment of Chuck Lyons to the Portland Regional Planning Commission to fill the vacated seat of Jerry Taylor, who recently passed away.
The first reading of an ordinance to amend the purchasing policy of the City to establish revised bid limits to the maximum allowable under State law.
A resolution authorizing the Professional Services from Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. for the Middle Dayle Drive Drainage Improvements.
An ordinance for the City of Portland to enter into a contract with Aramark/Martinrea for uniforms and linen service for the City of Portland.