Three individual requests for zoning changes were presented by administrator Julie Sweazy at the recent meeting of the Spencer County Fiscal Court.

Each were second readings and ready for a final decision.

The first was in district 3: The application of Garry Chatman from R-1, residential to AG-2, agricultural on a 1.18 acre, and approximately 1.75 acre tract of land, located at 930 Wilsonville Road, Hwy. 3192.

The second was in district 5: The application of Roof Ranger LLC from AG-1, agricultural to R-3, residential on two separate tracts of land, Tract “A” consisting of 1.48 acres and Tract “B” consisting of 3.10 acres located at 599 Bentley Lane.

The third was also in district 5: The application of Bernard McCutcheon and Amanda Snider from B-2, commercial to AG-1, Agricultural on 3 acres and from R-3, residential to AG-1, Agricultural on 5.68 acres located at 2980 Briar Ridge Road, Hwy. 248. According to Sweazy, this zone change will help to establish a bee farm on the property.

The court unanimously voted to approve all three zoning applications.

Sweazy also explained the reasoning behind developers of a new section of Goebel Crossings subdivision asking for a partial bond release on a small portion of Nevin Lane that connects to the original phase one, and is not being used anymore.

“The new phase in the back will have access coming in Hochstrasser Road, so they have requested to drop the letter of credit on that small section,” said Sweazy.

This would mean that the county won’t require them to post the security anymore. The request was granted unanimously by the court.

Other communications/reports

EMS director Chris Limpp gave an update on the Hyper Reach emergency notification system. The system is built, and once training is complete, there will be social notifications sent out, and advertising, to have residents sign up for the free subscription to get weather/road closing alerts on their phone.

Limpp also gave an update on his department: Since January, EMS has had 347 runs, and has brought in $89,794 to the county ($485,310 for the fiscal year).

Magistrate 3rd District Jim Travis informed the court that the two part-time positions that were created for trash pickup and other general maintenance have not been filled yet. There was also clarification that non-profit groups are still encouraged to sign up to pick up trash along the side of county roads.

Magistrate 1st District Danny Pharris informed the court that he has subscribed to an alert notification system that will let him know when flags are to be lowered to half-staff and raised back up. This will help with the confusion of when this is supposed to happen throughout the county.

Magistrate 4th District Zach Cotton informed the court about two county vehicles being worked on; a dump truck that needed new hydraulics, and the animal shelter vehicle has had some transmission issues. Both vehicles are in the process of being fixed.

Cotton also informed the court that he and the telecommunications committee are looking into new camera/sound systems for the fiscal court meeting room.