Brewton council addresses request for mini-storage

Published 10:54 am Tuesday, June 29, 2021

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The Brewton City Council heard from Steve Yuhasz, community development director, concerning a request from a prospective business.

“The city is being asked to make a special exception to permit a mini-warehouse storage unit business in a B-3 general business district,” Yuhasz told the council. “Currently, the city only allows for a mini-warehouse to be located in an industrial district. However, we are recommended the business be granted a special exception with the stipulation that the business not be open to the street. The Planning Commission has met and held a public hearing with only one letter submitted in opposition to the business there.”

Yuhasz said he is requesting that the council issue a special permit following a public hearing on the matter at a future meeting of the government body.

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Also during Monday’s meeting of the council, the approval of two resolutions was made that will improve the city’s services at the landfill it currently operates.

Public Works Director Craig Jerkins asked the council to approve a resolution to allow for creating a new cell at the landfill.

“We have to start a new cell at the landfill about every 10 years,” Jerkins told the council. “It’s just the next step in making room for more at the landfill.”

The resolution approved by the council will allow work to be done on the cell by Creamer Dozer Service who will excavate 14,000 yards of land at the location. The dirt removed during the excavation process will be put aside and used on the old cell for covering, Jerkins said.

A second resolution will put a new system in place to keep more “real time” data for the work done by the Public Works Department, Jerkins said.

“We do a lot of documentation in our work and we do it all on paper,” Jerkins told the council. “It would be beneficial to us and to others if we could have a data system in place to help with that work. When we have storms, FEMA and other disaster teams, having that would allow for real-time data to be available immediately.”

Following the explanation, the council approved a resolution allowing  for the purchase of an IworQ system for the Public Works department to provide a computerized management system.

In other business, the council:

approved the demolition of a home located at 703 Sowell Road. Yuhasz told the council the proper procedures had been followed giving the property owner ample notification concerning the dilapidated/condemned condition of the structure at the location.