Zoning request not acted on by Horn Lake aldermen

A request to rezone land in Horn Lake’s Ward 3 from C-1, M-1 and OTC to a Planned Unit Development, or PUD, at the northeast corner of Nail and Hurt Roads was not acted on for lack of a motion or a second at last Tuesday night’s Horn Lake Board of Aldermen meeting.  

The proposal was approved by the Horn Lake Planning Commission at a previous meeting and sent to the Board of Aldermen for final approval. 

Owner Bruce Prewett wants to build a mini-storage facility on the site.

Engineer Ben Smith, representing Prewett, said the owner is requesting the land that is presently zoned C-1 to be rezoned, saying the M-1 zoning allows for the facility while the C-1 portion of the property along Hurt Road would have to be rezoned to allow it.  

Smith added Prewett also wants to have RV storage on the site. He said the current zoning ordinance doesn’t have a place for RV storage, hence the PUD request to make RV storage be a permitted use. 

Fencing and buffers would be placed along both roads and the entrance to the property would be on Nail Road to not conflict with nearby school traffic.  

“We think this is the best use for something across from the school,” Smith said. “I believe the planning commission voted unanimously for it.” 

However, when Mayor Allen Latimer asked for a motion from the four aldermen who were there, no motion was forthcoming and the board continued on its agenda.  

Aldermen Charlie Roberts, Donnie “Chigger” White, and Michael Guice were not in attendance at the Tuesday meeting and the four remaining aldermen who were there just made enough for a quorum.  

Another public hearing to address a request for a conditional use for outdoor recreation near Outback Blvd. was tabled until June 15. The public hearing was continued when the applicant failed to appear for the board meeting.  

Aldermen did approve a $5,000 donation to the Samaritans organization, to be paid for by hotel/motel tax revenues. 

Samaritans Director Ed Flynn thanked the aldermen for continuing to support the volunteer nonprofit and told board members the organization seeks to provide needs to those in need, has the support of 13 churches in the Horn Lake and Southaven area, and gets grant money from the United Way. Donations from Walmart and Feeding America also help to provide food items at a minimal cost if not free.  

The Samaritans exist to “provide emergency subsistence, to offer empowering information, and to guide our clients out of poverty one step at a time,” according to its website.  

City Administrator/City Clerk Jim Robinson did have some good news to report on the city sales tax receipts for the month. 

“Our sales tax was the highest ever,” Robinson told the board. “The sales tax that came to represent March was $632,904.87, which is the highest it’s ever been in the City of Horn Lake.”

Robinson added the year-to-date with ad valorem money having come in was $211,000, taking the ad valorem to more than $4.8 million.

Both numbers put the city well on its way to making the budget in those categories for the fiscal year. 

“We’re looking very strong financially,” Robinson said. 

Board members approved a resolution to clean private property in the city that had been identified and approved a payment of $450 to Dizzy Dean Baseball to pay for the 2021 Horn Lake Youth All-Star Teams entry fees.  

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