Vernon Council OKs final plans for Enterprise Zone

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 01:32 PM.

In other business, the council approved advertising for a new city clerk. Longtime City Clerk Dian Hendrix has resigned, and the city is looking for a replacement. Deputy Clerk Karen Dodd is filling in during the search. Councilman Tray Hawkins said he hoped Dodd would apply for the clerk’s job so the city could hire from within its ranks to fill the position.

The council also reappointed Tim Barnes as the Vernon Fire Chief. Barnes had left the area for a while earlier this year, and Councilman Shawn Sanders was serving as interim fire chief.

The council approved using the Vernon Community Center for the 5th annual free Thanksgiving Dinner, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 28. The dinner will feature the Golden Rose band in concert.

The council also approved resident Steve Coatney temporarily connecting his travel trailer to city water and sewer, until a more permanent solution can be found.

According to county land use ordinances, permanent residence in recreational vehicles is prohibited, DeRuntz told the council.

“I don’t plan on living there any longer than I have too,” Coatney told the council. He currently is living on a family-owned plot of land over which there is a dispute as to which sibling should own, Coatney said, and his trailer is hooked up to water at the location where his brother once had a mobile home.

DeRuntz said it is allowable to live in an RV on a property while a home is being built, but only for a maximum of six months.

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