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Jemison adopts new zoning

The Jemison City Council adopted the city’s new zoning ordinance before a capacity crowd Monday night.

Several changes were made at the request of property owners who had objections to the proposed map pertaining to the ordinance.

Mary Ann Whisner objected to her property near the historic Jemison Milling being zoned residential. She requested that the property be zoned as town center commercial due to its historical appeal and potential value to a future business.

“We were the only people within 100 miles that still ground corn,” Whisner said, recalling the mill’s days in operation. “Wagons would top the hill waiting for corn to be ground.”

Another resident objected to an inconsistency in the map pertaining to a lot in the city. Several others requested that their property remain zoned agricultural rather than rural residential.

Jemison Mayor Eddie Reed said the council would consider any requested change even after the adoption of the ordinance.

“We want to make sure you are satisfied with it,” he said. “I want the public to know that any problem you have with the ordinance, that’s what we’re here for. Nothing’s written in stone.”

Steve Ostaseski of the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham said the city would likely revisit the ordinance every few years for updates.

“It’s a living document; it’s something that changes and adapts as the city grows,” Ostaseski said. “It should be an ongoing process.”

The ordinance was adopted unanimously, with the proposed changes included.

In other business, the council:

Granted Cynthia Walton an extension of three weeks to get abandoned property on County Road 38 and Old Mars Hill Road up to code

Voted to give the Chilton Education Foundation, or PEECH, a donation of $2,500 to support local teachers through grants

Agreed to enter into contract with Chilton Contractors for the installation of a water line on County Road 138 up to $7,500

Posted a vacant position in the Maintenance Department

Voted to place a new streetlight on Ellison Road at the request of council member Faye King.