Council to consider rezoning land for potential grocery store
by Jennifer Cohron
Sep 13, 2012 | 2708 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CORDOVA — The city of Cordova moved one step closer to getting a grocery store Tuesday night as the Planning Commission recommended rezoning the land that has been set aside for the project.

The Cordova City Council, which took a recess in the middle of its meeting in order for the planning board to hold a public hearing on the rezoning request, will take up the matter on Thursday, Sept. 27.

The property that the Planning Commission recommended rezoning is owned by the city and borders First Street, Spring Street, Mill Street and Burlington Avenue. If approved by the council, the area will be rezoned from R-2 residential to B-2 downtown business district.

“What is proposed for that property is to have that included in the downtown business district so that a grocery store would be in a suitable area above the flood plain,” Commission chairman Fred Porter said during the meeting.

After a tornado irreparably damaged Piggly Wiggly on April 27, 2011, it was discovered that the building is within the 100-year-flood plain, which has complicated the rebuilding process.

Prior to the public hearing, Mayor Jack Scott said discussions with Piggly Wiggly owner Mark Bozeman about operating a grocery store are still ongoing.

City officials also plan to pursue grant funding through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for site preparation and building construction.

In other action, the council:

•voted to hire local attorney Charles Stephens to advise the city’s Long Term Recovery Committee on legal matters related to the demolition of downtown. Disaster recovery coordinator Dean Harbison said the group will need legal counsel regarding bid specifications for the project.

•voted to apply for a grant through the Alabama Department of Transportation for two turn lanes and a new red light. One turning lane and the red light would be located near the old Cordova High School. The other turning lane would be added next to the current red light at Mojo’s.

•agreed to accept a $750 grant from Modern Woodmen of America to be used to purchase a tree of the city’s choice.

•voted to hire Aaron Moseley as a part-time police officer.

•agreed to send a letter to a local resident’s landlord regarding a conflict over sewer services.

Scott said it was recently discovered that the resident has been paying a sewer bill while a septic system is also in place on the property. The council voted to notify the resident’s landlord, who was identified as Walker County Schools superintendent Jason Adkins, that the property will have to be tied into the city’s sewer lines.

•voted to change its next regular council meeting to Thursday, Sept. 27. A public hearing on the rezoning request will be held at 6 p.m.

•voted to move its meeting originally scheduled for Oct. 9 to Oct. 8 because of municipal elections. The mayor’s race and one council seat will be decided in the runoff.