Aubrey Council Discusses Land Use and Sex Offenders

July 23rd, 2015 by

A short-staffed Aubrey City Council met last night to tackle a rather lengthy agenda after having to cancel last month’s regular meeting due to a lack of a quorum. The agenda included Mayoral Proclamations to the Greenbelt Alliance and Cub Scouts Troop 811 as well as an award presentation to Keep Aubrey Beautiful.

There were discussion items regarding a possible future public market coming to Aubrey. A presentation from Sue Tejml, Mayor or Copper Canyon and elected board member of Denco911 and, towards the end of the meeting, discussions regarding possible changes to the operating hours at city hall, changes to the brush collection and the night sky ordinance.

A public hearing was held and an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance was approved to finalize an action taken a few months ago by council to eliminate the “Certificate of Occupancy” rules the city had in place.

A public hearing was held and an ordinance was approved changing land use of a small plat in the Meadows subdivision back to single family residential from two family residential. Cheryl Fikes of Aubrey, whose property backs up to the lots being discussed, spoke in favor of the change. She respectfully asked that the builder limit the type of house built on a few of the lots to single story residences but understands if that’s not possible. The only other thing of importance to note is that Mayor Meyers had to recuse herself and leave the council chambers during this discussion due to a conflict of interest.

A sexual offender ordinance was approved unanimously by council that prohibits some sex offenders from residing within 1000 feet of where children gather, including city parks and within 300 feet of a child safety zone. A member of the audience asked for clarification on “some” and how that was defined and Lt. Townsend and Mayor Pro Tem Perry talked about how it would include anyone guilty of a sex offense against a minor. The full text of the ordinance is available at city hall and will be available on the city website soon.

The city council adjourned briefly into executive session to discuss the purchase, exchange, lease, or value or real property and to consult with the City Attorney. The council took no action on the agenda item related to this session to execute a contract to purchase 1 +/- acres of land.

After a few other minor agenda items and the approval of the consent agenda the meeting adjourned at almost 9 pm.