LIVE UPDATES: City Council recap: Jan. 19, 2016

Present tonight (from left): Adella Gray, Sarah Marsh, Mark Kinion, Matthew Petty, Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Justin Tennant, Martin Schoppmeyer, John La Tour, and Alan Long.

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On the agenda

  • Rezoning 53 acres on Dead Horse Mountain Road.
  • Appealing a requirement for a developer to build a connection to Fox Trail.
  • Amending the 2016 Adopted Budget.
  • Prohibiting vehicles from being parked on city trails.
  • Accepting a $500 donation to the Fire Department.

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A meeting of the Fayetteville City Council began at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 inside room 219 of the City Administration Building, located at 113 W. Mountain St. in Fayetteville.

Listed below are the items up for approval and links to downloadable PDFs for more information on each item of business.

Roll Call

Present: Adella Gray, Sarah Marsh, Mark Kinion, Matthew Petty, Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Justin Tennant, Martin Schoppmeyer, John La Tour, Alan Long
Absent: None

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City Council Presentations

1. 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Brotherhood Award – Presented by Kit Williams.

Notes: This year’s award went to officers Renar Benson and Justin Faubus of the Fayetteville Police Department. The two officers used their own money to purchase a new guitar for a local man who makes a living playing music for tips on Dickson Street after learning that his guitar had been stolen. Williams said city officials initially didn’t know about the incident because the officers didn’t want any recognition for their actions, but a local business owner who witnessed the gift recently sent a letter to the city thanking the men.

2. State of the City Address – Presented by Mayor Lioneld Jordan


Consent items typically are approved in a single, all-inclusive vote.

1. Approval of the December 15, 2015 and January 5, 2016 City Council Meeting Minutes
Pass 8-0

2. Pierce Manufacturing Donation Revenue: A resolution to approve a budget adjustment in the amount of $500.00 representing donation revenue from Pierce Manufacturing to the Fayetteville Fire Department for the Annual Employee Service Awards Event.
Pass 8-0

Unfinished Business

1. RZN 15-5194 Villas at Stonebridge (expired PZD): An ordinance to rezone that property described in rezoning petition RZN 15-5194 for approximately 53.03 acres located at east of Riverwalk Subdivision on Dead Horse Mountain Road from R-PZD 06-2170 (Villas at Stonebridge) to R-A, Residential-Agricultural.
Pass 6-2

Notes: The applicant requested the item be amended to rezone the property to RSF-4, Residential Single-Family 4 Units Per Acre, instead of R-A, Residential Agricultural. The applicant is willing to include a Bill of Assurance to include only 2.5 units per acre (133 total units).

That proposal was presented at the Jan. 5 meeting, but the amendment failed 4-2 with council member Marsh and Petty voting against (amendments require approval by a two-thirds majority). Aldermen Kinion and Long were absent. Mayor Jordan waived his option to cast a possible deciding vote.

The same amendment was made tonight by Alderman La Tour and seconded by Alderman Long. The amendment passed 5-3, with Marsh, Kinion and Petty voting against.

Marsh and Kinion said they might’ve voted differently if a specific development were being presented, but said since there are drainage and infrastructure concerns in that area, it’s irresponsible to approve a general residential rezoning without knowing what will eventually happen to the land.

Alderwoman Gray disagreed and said with the Bill of Assurance in hand, she believes the area will be fine with a maximum of 133 total units instead of the 212 homes that would’ve been allowed under the full RSF-4 zoning.

In the final vote, Marsh and Kinion voted against.

2. Fox Trail Connection Appeal: A resolution to grant the appeal of a condition of PPL 15-5253 to require the developer to build a connection to Fox Trail.
Pass 8-0

New Business

1. Amend the 2016 Adopted Budget: A resolution to amend the 2016 adopted budget by reappropriating $71,748,700.00 in bonded or ongoing capital projects, outstanding obligations and grant funded items.
Pass 8-0

2. Parking Prohibited on City Trails: An ordinance to amend § 72.02 Nonconsensual, Police-initiated Towing, Storage and Impoundment Procedures and § 72.03 Parking Prohibited in Certain Places to clarify that persons may not legally park their motor vehicles on city trails.
Pass 8-0


Residents are invited to attend a public input session about a new, five-year economic development plan at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Fayetteville Town Center.


This meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.