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County P&Z tackles issue of splitting lot in Berry Hills
 
After more than an hour of public comments and consideration, the Lafayette County Planning and Zoning Commission voted to approve the splitting and dissolving of a rural Odessa lot, on condition of verified approval by the Homeowners Association of the Berry Hills subdivision.
Many homeowners in the subdivision attended the Thursday night meeting to speak either in favor of or against the item. Controversy over the issue has risen over conflicting understandings of both the covenants of the land in question, the qualifications for approval of the change and jurisdiction of the Homeowners Association and county.
A story in last week's Odessan reported the measure had failed in a vote with the Berry Hills Homeowners Association. David and Tracy Jones, who own the lot, said Thursday afternoon this was untrue. The Joneses said the Homeowners Association had mistakenly held the vote for a two-thirds majority, when only a simple majority was needed, and the vote was 19-9 in favor of the dissolution.
However, at the meeting, Becky Cowman, Homeowners Association vice president, said the letter pre-dated the vote and was not intended for distribution to the Joneses after the vote was called.
Though Cowman said the vote was mistaken in being held to a larger majority, she said the vote had been to consider changes to the rules of the association, not a firm change in the rules.
Four commission members were present at the meeting: Barb Copenhaver, commission chair, Phil Varner, Wendell Starkebaum and Jerry Fallman. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
City receives clean audit
 
Jim Shull, Cudney, Ecord, McEnroe & Mullane, presented a clean audit for fiscal year 2013-14 Monday night to the Odessa Board of Aldermen.
"We have given the city the highest opinion we can," Shull said.
Shull noted it was a year of construction for the city with Wells and Otway streets, start of northwest wastewater treatment plant and water improvements.
He pointed out the operating and utility funds have positive balances and a special audit of federal funds was clean.
"You could use a few more people to separate things, but that's not realistic," Shull told aldermen.
In reply to a question from Mark Bellington, alderman ward three, Shull said a document of recommended action is very minor. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Lake Lafayette ordered to repay money to MDNR
 
Running dry... Lake Lafayette water tower, shown in this 2014 photo, has been empty since 2011.
After more than an hour of public comments and consideration, the Lafayette County Planning and Zoning Commission voted to approve the splitting and dissolving of a rural Odessa lot, on condition of verified approval by the Homeowners Association of the Berry Hills subdivision.
Many homeowners in the subdivision attended the Thursday night meeting to speak either in favor of or against the item. Controversy over the issue has risen over conflicting understandings of both the covenants of the land in question, the qualifications for approval of the change and jurisdiction of the Homeowners Association and county.
A story in last week's Odessan reported the measure had failed in a vote with the Berry Hills Homeowners Association. David and Tracy Jones, who own the lot, said Thursday afternoon this was untrue. The Joneses said the Homeowners Association had mistakenly held the vote for a two-thirds majority, when only a simple majority was needed, and the vote was 19-9 in favor of the dissolution.
However, at the meeting, Becky Cowman, Homeowners Association vice president, said the letter pre-dated the vote and was not intended for distribution to the Joneses after the vote was called.
Though Cowman said the vote was mistaken in being held to a larger majority, she said the vote had been to consider changes to the rules of the association, not a firm change in the rules.
Four commission members were present at the meeting: Barb Copenhaver, commission chair, Phil Varner, Wendell Starkebaum and Jerry Fallman. Read more in The Odessan.
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