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Planning Commission Minutes
Colby-Thomas County Metropolitan
Area Planning Commission

September 15, 2016


The Colby-Thomas County Metropolitan Area Planning Commission of the City of Colby, Kansas, met in regular session on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 9:30 A.M. in the Council Chambers.  Chairman Charles Schwanke called the meeting to order.


ATTENDANCE:

PRESENT:    Chairman Charles Schwanke. Members Paul Bailey, Shelby Barnett, Mark Miller, Sue Evans, Rob Stithem, Wayne Sulzman, Ivan Lee.

ABSENT:    Doug Lewis.

ALSO PRESENT:  Joni Ketchum, City Clerk; Sean Hankin, Assistant Fire Chief; Terry Overton, Building Official; Ross Carney, James Carney, Tate Carney, Victor Beltran.


APPROVAL OF JULY 14, 2016 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES:

MOTION BY Shelby Barnett, seconded by Rob Stithem to approve the minutes of the February 14, 2013 regular meeting. VOTING AYES: Charles Schwanke, Paul Bailey, Shelby Barnett, Mark Miller, Sue Evans, Rob Stithem, Wayne Sulzman, Ivan Lee. NOES: None. ABSENT: Doug Lewis. Chairman Schwanke declared the motion carried.


OLD BUSINESS:

DISCUSSION/ACTION ON DRAFT COMPLETE STREETS POLICY- Sue stated that the Complete Streets Policy will help move the connectivity throughout town. Charles added that the policy is just a theory or a future thinking policy and cost will be a factor. Ivan said the policy doesn’t make sense to him and he would never recommend it. Wayne mentioned that the cost is a detriment but he is for looking for ways to update the streets and sidewalks. Sue said it is a proactive way of thinking for future development and Paul stated that it is necessary for the growth of the community. MOTION BY Paul Bailey, seconded by Mark Miller to recommend the draft of the Complete Streets Policy to the Council. VOTING AYES: Charles Schwanke, Paul Bailey, Shelby Barnett, Mark Miller, Sue Evans, Rob Stithem, Wayne Sulzman. NOES: None. ABSENT: Doug Lewis. ABSTAINED: Ivan Lee. Chairman Schwanke declared the motion carried.


NEW BUSINESS:

A.     HOME OCCUPATION PERMIT ANNUAL RENEWALS (2)- Sean told the Planning Commission that there were no issues with the Daycare Home Occupation Permit renewal. MOTION BY Ivan Lee, seconded by Wayne Sulzman to approve the Home Occupation Permit renewals. VOTING AYES: Charles Schwanke, Paul Bailey, Shelby Barnett, Mark Miller, Sue Evans, Rob Stithem, Wayne Sulzman, Ivan Lee. NOES: None. ABSENT: Doug Lewis. Chairman Schwanke declared the motion carried.

DISCUSSION/ACTION – JAMES CARNEY – DISCUSS THE ORDINANCE THAT RESTRICTS SWINE WITHIN THE 3-MILE RADIUS OF THE CITY OF COLBY- James Carney told the commission members that his son and a friend bought ten pigs to raise. They currently have them on Ross Carney’s property one mile west of town. Ross said he has talked to several of his neighbor’s and they don’t have a problem with keeping pigs on his property. Rob asked the boys what their plans were for the pigs and they answered that they were going to eventually sell them to make money for college. They added that they spend most of their spare time taking care of them. Mark is concerned that if they allow them to keep the pigs, then it will set a precedence for others to do the same. Terry mentioned that swine haven’t been permitted by County regulations for a long time and was adopted so that the 3-mile radius could be protected. James and Ross Carney both told the commission that they didn’t know that there were regulations against owning swine within the 3-mile radius of the city otherwise that would never have let the boys purchase them. Paul stated that the County has to make the final decision. The Planning Commission can only make recommendations. Sue agreed with Mark and stated that the commission needs to recommend to the County that they follow the policy as written and then they could either approve or deny the request. She added that they should also make a motion for the County and the Council to work together to reevaluate the 3-mile regulations. All the commission members praised the boys for what they were doing. MOTION BY Paul Bailey, seconded by Rob Stithem to recommend that the County Commissioners follow the 3-mile radius policy regarding swine as written. VOTING AYES: Charles Schwanke, Paul Bailey, Shelby Barnett, Mark Miller, Sue Evans, Rob Stithem, Wayne Sulzman, Ivan Lee. NOES: None. ABSENT: Doug Lewis. Chairman Schwanke declared the motion carried. MOTION BY Paul Bailey, seconded by Wayne Sulzman to recommend to the County Commissioners that they work with the City Council to reevaluate the 3-mile radius regulations. VOTING AYES: Charles Schwanke, Paul Bailey, Shelby Barnett, Mark Miller, Sue Evans, Rob Stithem, Wayne Sulzman, Ivan Lee. Chairman Schwanke declared the motion carried. MOTION BY Paul Bailey, seconded by Sue Evans to recommend that the City Council work with the County Commissioners to reevaluate the 3-mile radius regulations. VOTING AYES: Charles Schwanke, Paul Bailey, Shelby Barnett, Mark Miller, Sue Evans, Rob Stithem, Wayne Sulzman, Ivan Lee. NOES: None. ABSENT: None. Chairman Schwanke declared the motion carried.

DISCUSSION/ACTION ON WALKING TRAIL ELECTRONIC SURVEY RESULTS- Sue reported that there were 344 responses to the Walking Trail Electronic Survey. She said that the main concerns from the public were the lack of lighting and the lack of a trail connecting one end of town to the other. Sue is hoping that the Complete Streets Policy will help in moving both of these issues forward. She added that they can organize fundraisers to help with the cost. The commission members were all impressed with the amount of people that responded to the survey.

UPDATE ON PROJECTS-

Terry reported:

The O’Reilley’s store is moving along.

There has been no word on what will go in the same building as Jimmy John’s.

Wes Bainter is just about finished with his housing projects since the market has slowed down.

Western State Bank has cleared the spot for their new building.


ADJOURNMENT:

MOTION BY Wayne Sulzman, seconded by Rob Stithem to adjourn the meeting at 11:00 A.M.  VOTING AYES:  Charles Schwanke, Paul Bailey, Shelby Barnett, Mark Miller, Sue Evans, Rob Stithem, Wayne Sulzman, Ivan Lee.  NOES: None.  ABSENT:  Doug Lewis.  Chairman Schwanke declared the motion carried.



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Joni L. Ketchum, City Clerk


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