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Changing one ordinance and passing a new one were among the topics discussed Monday night at the body's monthly meeting.
The proposed new ordinance deals with regulating temporary storage units in residential areas.
According to mayor Dwayne Cole, there are some residents in Munford who are making so-called temporary storage units permanent.
“If somebody moves into a house and drops a module in their driveway,” Cole said, “we don't have the authority to tell them to move it.”
The proposed ordinance would attempt to solve the problem.
If the ordinance passes, residents would have to get a permit before having a temporary storage device on their property.
The container would have to be removed after 60 days, unless an appeal is granted to keep it for longer. The longest the container could stay would be six months under any circumstances.
Board members debated whether or not to charge for the permit.
“If somebody is just using it as storage, we need to charge for it,” Alderman Johnny Crigger said.
Cole said the board could determine if there is a charge for the permit and how much it would be at a later date.
The ordinance passed 5-1 with Alderman Jack Foraker voting against it.
Cole said the ordinance will be looked at by the state planner before the board meets again Feb. 24.
The ordinance takes effect if its passed at the February meeting.
Altering an ordinance already on the books regulating accessory structures (pools, sheds, etc.) was also also discussed.
Upon a recommendation by the planning commission, the board debated allowing accessory structures in side or front yards if a resident's back yard cannot accommodate one.
The board voted to send it back to the planning commission for further review.
In other matters:
• Cole read a proclamation naming Jan. 27 Navy Sea Wolves Day. The military group helped with the Traveling Vietnam Wall when it came to Munford last year.
• The mayor said meetings have been held with state officials regarding the financial state of the water department and things are going well. The city received a letter late last year saying something needed to be done about the water department operating with “negative assets” for the last two years.
• It was announced that city recorder Stacy Craig is resigning effective Jan. 30. Cole, Fire Chief Alan Barkelew and others thanked her for her service.
• Foraker thanked the public works department for dealing with frozen water pipes promptly in the city. He said he had a problem and they were there within six minutes.
“You guys are great,” he said. “That (getting there so quickly) doesn't happen. We don't take you guys for granted.”
• Cole said the new city-run garbage service is going well and reminded everybody when there is a holiday, garbage pickup will be moved back one day.

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