Following a recommendation by the Rolla Planning and Zoning Commission, the City Council Monday night approved an ordinance requested by an engineering company on behalf of CVS Pharmacy.
“This is going to be a very attractive location,” Community Development Director John Petersen said of the site at the northeast corner of Bishop Avenue (Highway 63) and Kingshighway.
Buildings housing Blockbuster Video, Papa John’s Pizza, Century Signs and Ozark Embroidery will be razed to make space for the pharmacy, Petersen said.
“There will be lots of open space,” he said, noting the building plans are being prepared.
What the council did was approve a plat that combines two lots into one lot for the 1.2-acre tract.
The council heard first reading, then suspended the rules and heard the final reading before voting 10-0 for the replatting ordinance. Absent were Councilmen Don Morris and Tony Bahr.
Voting for the ordinance were William Lindgren Jr., Monty Jordan, Greg Sawyer, Steve Leonard, Kelly Long, Susan Eudaly, Louis Magdits, Jim Williams, Carrolyn Bolin and Fran Mazanec.
In other business or discussion:
City Attorney Robert J. “Jeff” Stoltz has resigned effect April 1, Mayor Bill Jenks noted. Stoltz is moving to Chicago following his marriage, but he will serve as the city prosecutor through the end of March. Jenks said the council will consider whether to make that office an appointive one or to continue with it as an elective office.
The council heard a request for a change in the workplace smoking ban that would allow a “hookah bar.” No action was taken.
In a lengthy discussion of a bar/restaurant/entertainment complex in an old skating rink off Highway 72, the council warned owner Josh Noe that he should not invest more money in his building until zoning decisions are made.
Mayor Jenks thanked city employees for their work during wintry conditions. He lauded the street crews for working “around the clock” to make the streets safe during the sleet storm. He also thanked the public safety departments, The Centre and the sanitation workers “who are out in all kinds of weather.”
By a 10-0 vote, the council adopted an ordinance to participate in a joint aerial photography program with the county government and other agencies. In December, the council had approved the participation by motion, but the ordinance is required by state statute. Cost of the Pictometry plan is $256,012; the city will pay 15 percent of that ($10,000 in fiscal years 2013 and 2014).
The council also approved by 10-0 an ordinance allowing a crime prevention contract between the city and the county. The county will pay $50,468 to the city.
Renewal of a contract with Investment Realty to list the city’s Sharp Road property, location of the street/sanitation shop, for sale for another year was approved. The price remained at $1.4 million. In discussion, the consensus of the council was that next year, if the property does not sell, the requests for proposal from other real estate companies will be made.
Robert Black Sr. was appointed to the Police Personnel Board to complete the unexpired term of Emily Woodward, who has moved outside the city limits, making her ineligible to serve. Her term ends June 2013, and Block was also reappointed to a complete term that will end June 2017.
Councilman Long was appointed to the council’s audit committee.
The council met in executive session to discuss real estate.