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GBC AMENDS CITY ORDINANCES

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Appoints Lerew as council member to place three

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GUN BARREL CITY–Gun Barrel City Council met Jan. 26 during a virtual meeting and discussed adopting Ordinance No. O-2021-008 which would amend Chapter 156 of the zoning code sections 156.084, 085, 087 and 089 of the Gun Barrel City Code of Ordinances. 
When discussing the large assisted living project currently taking place on Dunaway Avenue, City Manager Jeff Arnswald stated there was a provision that requires churches, funeral homes, mortuaries, hospitals, clinics, nursing and convalescent homes must have ingress and egress from an arterial highway in the city. 
Gun Barrel City does not have any arterial highways, only state routes, such as 198 and 334. “Modifying this ordinance is not for this particular project its for the city in general. This is something that has needed changing for a long time,” Council Member Anne Mullins stated. Arnswald said the ordinance was passed 40 years ago. 
For the present time, council voted to approve the motion so it would not hinder the project on Dunaway Avenue but made note to have it placed on the agenda for the February city council meeting, to amend the motion as needed. 
The council approved to amend four other ordinances during the meeting. Ordinance No. O-2021-002 amending Chapter 90 (Animal Control) will be amended to define what a fence is, to identify that any underground or invisible fence shall not be considered a primary object of confinement however utilized as a secondary containment. Households, not residents, will be limited to no more than four adult dogs and one litter of puppies. The same for cats and kittens, respectively. The miscellaneous provisions section will be eliminated completely as dangerous animals are not prohibited within the city, however there are very specific conditions for ownership says Arnswald. Ordinance No. O-2021-003 amending Chapter 150 (Building Regulations) will add, that a plumbing official will have the authority to deem a residence uninhabitable due to lack of water. The same clause regarding underground fencing as stated in the animal control ordinance will be added under this ordinance as well. Ordinance No. O-2021-004 amends Chapter 154 (Signs) to state that any sign located in a public right of way or within 10 feet of any road edge may be immediately removed by a building official without notice. “In some areas of the city there is no right of way established. It’s unable to determine where the right of way may be, so this adds consistency for signage,” said Arnswald. Finally, Ordinance No. O-2021-005 amending Chapter 156, Section 156.035 (Single- Family Detached Residential Districts R-6A, B, C and D) deletes in its entirety the language, “mobile homes no less than 50 feet in length and 10 feet in width in size.” Arnswald stated that it conflicts with the city’s provision that they be approved and eliminates the conflict. 
Three applicants for council place three with a term ending May 2021 were also interviewed during the meeting. The applicants were Brandi Marett, Gary Lerew and Joe Lawrence. Council approved Lerew for place three, who has lived in the Cedar Creek Lake Area since 2004 and has served on the Board of Directors of the Maurice Barnett Geriatric Wellness Center in Plano and has had experience with Planning and Zoning committies. “I’ve always respected Gun Barrel City, it’s sort of the hub of the whole lake area,” Lerew stated. He says his priorities are to focus on roads and the safety of the citizens. Lerew says that since Gun Barrel City is a resort community he hopes to enable the resort areas such as Big Chief Landing. “The city should look for ways to support and enhance the lives of its citizens,” said Lerew.  
In other business, council members: 
• Approved consent agenda as presented. 
• Adopted Ordinance No. O-2021-001 calling a General Election for May 1 to elect council place one (east), council place three (west) and council place five (at large) to two-year terms each. 
• Awarded bids for the 2021 street materials. 
• Adopted Ordinance #O-2021-007 granting a special use permit to April Petty to be able to perform permanent makeup in April Petty’s Salon & Spa located at 1918 West Main Street, Gun Barrel City. 
• Approved the replatting of lots one through three, part of lot 66, 27 and 28 in the AB 483 B Medro Sur, being 1.8 acres belonging to Parks Home Construction LLC, into one lot, lot one. 
• Approved the replatting of lots 630 through 632 in the Loon Bay subdivision, belonging to Marilyn Ketcherside, into one lot, lot 630-R. 
• Approved the recommendation of the Selection Review Committee to award by Resolution No. R-2021-002 Gary R. Traylor & Associates, Inc. as a grant writer/administrator in conjunction with the submittal of an application for funding through the 2021-2022 Texas Department of Agriculture Texas Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) to provide application preparation and project administration, if awarded. 
• Adopted Resolution #R-2021-003 authorizing the Fire Chief to apply for funding through the Office of the Governor’s Homeland Security grant division for grant funding. 
• Approved a review of all financial aspects of the Economical Development Corporation (EDC) for the year 2020 through January 2021, including all bank statements, credit card statements, CD’s and any other financial bookkeeping held in the office of the EDC or the CPA.