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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
As recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Terrell City Council will discuss repealing the current zoning ordinance in its entirety and will discuss adopting a new comprehensive zoning ordinance at a special meeting of the council tomorrow evening at city hall. As new uses have arisen that are not specifically defined or addresed in the current zoning ordinance, such as clothing donation recepticals and electronic cigarette retail stores, city offcials say there is concern that if allowed to continue to proliferate they will negatively impact economic growth, increase crime, and lower property values. The new ordinance will also address certificates of occupancy suspension and reinstatement policy, clarification of rules regarding color palettes in the central business district in order to preserve the historic character of the area, and changes to the requirements for specific use permits. The council will also discuss two requests for zone changes within the city at tomorrow's meeting.
A jury was selected yesterday in the Kaufman County Court at Law trial of Dennis Patman Jones, who is accused of intoxication manslaughter in the death of Whitney Crawford in an automobile accident on December 9th, 2012. Witnesses from Parkland Hospital and the Mayo Clinic will be questioned concerning evidence obtained in which Jones tested positive for cannabinoids and amphetamines, evidence for which the defense has filed a motion to suppress. The judge is expected to decide on whether or not to supress the evidence today before the jury trial begins.
The Terrell Tigers will host the Rockwall-Heath Hawks this Friday evening at Terrell's Memorial Stadium in the annual Hall of Fame Game. Hear what Terrell's head football coach Mike Shields has to say about this Friday night's game on the Coach's Huddle today just after the 1 p.m. news on KPYK. Or join KPYK and the coach at Carmona's Tex-Mex for the broadcast, and be part of the program.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The burn ban in Kaufman County was extended another 30 days by Kaufman County Commissioners during a special meeting held yesterday. The ban was originally approved by the commissioners court August 11th for a 45-day period on the recommendation of the county's fire marshall. The ban covers all unincorporated areas of the county, while most cities within Kaufman County have restrictions on burning. Commissioners will again review the need for the ban on October 27th. Violations of the ban can result in a fine up to $500.
Jury selection is into its second week in Rockwall County for the capital murder trial of former Kaufman County Justice of the Peace Eric Williams. So far, three jurors have been selected in a process that will likely take several weeks. Williams' trial is set to start December 1st, and motions to delay that start date by his attorneys have been denied. Williams is accused of the murders of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse and District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife in 2013.
A public hearing on a requested variance to Terrell city ordinance 2232 concerning the Tower Place planned development will be held this evening at 5:30 whenthe Terrell Zoning Board of Adjustments meets at city hall. The requested variance is due to the depth of two lots being slightly shorter than neighboring lots, which will result in new home construction encroaching on the required back yard depth. The public hearing is the only item onthe board's agenda this evening.