Council approves condemnation for Mt. Comfort Road

Condemnation and possession will be sought for property at the intersection of Mount Comfort Road and Salem Road, the Fayetteville City Council decided at Tuesday night’s meeting.

This is the last piece of land the city needs to acquire for the Mount Comfort Widening project, said Chris Brown, the interim city engineer. The project will expand Mount Comfort Road to four lanes from Alpine Drive to Rupple Road.

The city offered $12,500 for the portion of land needed for the road. The property owners countered with an offer of $80,000.

Because of the disparity between offers, city staff requested condemnation and possession for the property, Brown said. The numbers were “not close enough to come to any kind of agreement,” he said.

The resolution allows Kit Williams, the city attorney, to proceed with gaining possession through legal means.

Also, the council unanimously agreed to allow animal daycare, animal boarding and kennels in Commercial, Industrial and Residential-Agriculture Zoning Districts. Previously, Fayetteville’s zoning did not allow any commercial animal boarding except in Residential-Agriculture, said Jeremy Pate, director of development services.

A citizen, who wants to operate a doggie day care on her C-2 (thoroughfare commercial) property, prompted the Planning Commission to draft this resolution.

Sarah Lewis, who represents Ward 4, said she supported the change because it “facilitates more uses for C-2.”

In other business, Alderman Kyle Cook reminded the council of vacancies for several commission and advisory board positions in Fayetteville, such as the Fayetteville Arts Council, Historic District Commission and Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The application deadline is May 29, Cook said.