At its regular meeting on Sept. 1, the Dickson City Council held a public hearing and passed on first reading a rezoning request for a residential development of at least 200 units on Cowan Road.
Pennock Place Inc. has requested to rezone property at 841 Cowan Rd. from high-density residential to high-density residential planned unit development. After Councilman Dwight Haynes expressed concern over the increase in traffic on Cowan Road if the 200-plus-unit development is built, the original motion to approve was withdrawn.
A motion by Haynes to send the request back to the Planning Commission until a traffic study could be conducted failed 2-4-0 with Haynes and Michael Outlaw voting in favor. Council members voting in opposition were Bird Armstrong, Horace Perkins, Jason Epley and Joey Turbeville, who had arrived after the meeting started.
Planning and Zoning Director Jason Pilkinton said the traffic study is not required and the property is already zoned to allow multi-family units. Mayor Don L. Weiss Jr. said approving the request on first reading shortens the approval process and the final reading can be held after the council gets the information it wants.
Armstrong made a motion to approve the rezoning request on first reading and to refer it back to the planning commission for a traffic impact study to be completed before it is brought back for second reading. The council approved the motion unanimously.
The city council unanimously approved an agreement with Shepard Properties Inc., Dickson Apothecary Inc. and Olde Towne Condominium Owners Association for the repair of a collapsed storm drain catch basin behind the businesses on Luther Drive.
City Administrator Rydell Wesson said the city agreed to replace the catch basin that is located within the city’s right-of-way, and the property owners agreed to make pipe repairs and connections for what is located under their properties.
The city council addressed a petition to make the intersection of Furnace Hollow Road with Payne Springs Road and Regency Lane a four-way stop.
Public Works Director David Travis said the city’s research indicates the intersection does not meet the requirements for a four-way stop. He said the department will move the stop sign at Regency Lane closer to Furnace Hollow Road, paint a stop bar, remove shrubs in the city’s right-of-way and cut back the bank on the southwest corner to improve visibility to the west for motorists.
If additional measures are required, Travis said the city likely would have to hire an engineer to redesign the intersection of the two offset roads.
An on-premises beer permit for the new ownership of Logan’s Roadhouse, 130 Chandler Dr. was approved on a 4-0-1 vote with Haynes abstaining and Robby Harmon, Turbeville and Betty Lou Alsobrooks absent.
Action was deferred until Oct. 5 on a request from SHIV Parvati LLC for an off-premises beer permit as the new owner of Star Gas #2 at 3479 Highway 70 West because manager Sapana Patel was unable to attend the meeting.
A certificate compliance was approved for Danny’s Liquors at 1860 Highway 48 North, formerly Village Liquors under new ownership. The council voted 5-0-1 with Haynes abstaining;
In other business, the city council:
• Unanimously approved a bid of $7,856.39 from Preston Thompson’s Carpet Shoppe for flooring at the Dickson Police Department
• Unanimously approved the purchase of two Chevrolet Tahoes for the Dickson Police Department for $68,150.40 off the state contract held by Wilson County Motors
• Unanimously approved the purchase of a Ford F-150 Crew Cab pickup for the Dickson Police Department for $31,948.50 off the state contract held by Ford of Murfreesboro;
• Unanimously approved the purchase of a tractor for $72,148.32 and a boom mower for $50,734.57 for the Public Works Department from TriGreen Equipment through the Sourcewell cooperative purchasing.
The city council’s next Finance and Management Committee meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, and the next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in the council chambers at Dickson City Hall.
All meetings are open to the public subject to current health and social distancing guidelines. Dickson City Council meetings are broadcast on Local Cable Access Channel 19 on Comcast at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays.