Aldermen uphold denial of BB variance

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 12, 2000

Natchez aldermen on Tuesday upheld a zoning board decision to deny a variance for an 11-unit bed and breakfast with meeting capacity at Ravennaside.

Originally scheduled for Nov. 21, owner Bob Dean asked that the appeal hearing be postponed a second time &uot;indefinitely,&uot; Smith said.

Ward 3 Alderwoman Sue Stedman made the motion to deny the application and uphold the zoning board’s decision, which was passed unanimously.

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&uot;I don’t find the idea of an indefinite continuance very appealing,&uot; she said.

In other business, the board:

4Approved the revised city budget for fiscal year 1999-2000. City Clerk Donnie Holloway said the action allows him to carry over last year’s ending balance into the current budget and &uot;close the books out for the year.&uot;

4Extended the acceptance deadline for requests for proposals for the city’s insurance until Dec. 19. Holloway said he has received one proposal, but has a tentative offer from another agency he would like to wait on.

4Approved transfer of $5,000 from the recreation department’s donation fund to make up for a payroll shortfall.

Holloway said the loan will be repaid from the recreation department’s docket.

4Voted to submit an application to the Natural Resource Conservation Service to receive emergency funds that will be used to correct drainage problems on Quail Creek and Duster Road.

City Engineer David Gardner said the city applied for four projects following a Nov. 8 storm, but only one was approved.

Ward 1 Alderwoman Joyce Arceneaux asked that they city look into requesting the U.S. Congress to appropriate special funds to reconstruct Percy Street.

Gardner said the city last received similar funds from Congress in 1993.