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VOL. 127 | NO. 123 | Monday, June 25, 2012

Commission to Discuss Mobile Home Park, Tax Rate

By Bill Dries

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Shelby County Commissioners have one less item on their agenda for the Monday, June 25, meeting.

The third and final reading on a redistricting ordinance was delayed two weeks ago to Monday’s agenda.

But the item is off the agenda after Chancellor Arnold Goldin ruled two days later in the court case surrounding the setting of new district lines to account for population shifts in the 2010 U.S. Census.

Goldin adopted the plan being considered by the commission this month in its fourth attempt at redistricting. The plan is more than redrawing district lines. It converts the commission from a 13-member body of five districts – four of them with three representatives each – to a set of 13 single-member districts.

Trailer homes near Watkins Street and U.S. 51 were covered by floodwaters during last year’s historic flooding. The County Commission is considering a planned development at the property.

(Daily News File Photo: Lance Murphey)

An appeal of the ruling is still possible.

The commission meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St.

On the agenda is the second of three readings of the ordinance that sets the county property tax rate for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The tax rate will remain stable.

The commission will also consider a planned development in Frayser that would convert the old Kingsway Green mobile home park on North Watkins Street west of Old Millington Road into the Lion’s Gate RV park for recreational vehicles and travel trailers.

Kingsway has been closed since the May 2011 flooding of the Mississippi River and the tributary rivers including those that run near Kingsway and four other mobile home parks near Kingsway and along U.S. 51. The 144-acre Kingsway site is in a floodplain. All of the homes in the park were destroyed.

The owners of Kingsway Green applied for a variance last year, just months after the flooding, to reopen the site of a mobile home park despite a history of chronic flooding since the park opened in 1968.

The Board of Adjustment denied the variance last fall setting the stage for the new use of the land, which the local Land Use Control Board and the Office of Planning and Development recommend with conditions.

Also on the agenda are six resolutions for the sale or conveyance of 34 parcels of land the county owns because of delinquent taxes. The prices for those properties that were sold total $158,400. The resolutions are a regular part of the commissions agenda.

The June 11 commission agenda included 10 similar resolutions covering 55 parcels and $284,600 from the sale of some but not all of the parcels.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 84 122 20,754
MORTGAGES 113 158 23,903
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 7 31 3,078
BUILDING PERMITS 128 315 42,909
BANKRUPTCIES 53 110 13,290
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 35 6,657
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 22 52 7,841
MARRIAGE LICENSES 18 45 4,688