Ordinances on Jerome council's agenda

Public hearing will include three proposed laws

The Jerome Town Council will hold a public hearing on three proposed ordinances during its scheduled meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. All three ordinances will be second readings and the council likely will vote on each one.

Ordinance 340, if approved, will make a new version of the town's zoning map official. The current map has been the subject of some zoning disputes because it is based on contour lines. The new version uses lot lines to show boundaries.

The first reading was held during public hearing last month. Mayor Bob Bouwman said the proposed map is not a new one, only less confusing.

Phyllis Smiley, the town's attorney, said the new map cannot change zoning designations or boundaries.

The current zoning map was made official by ordinance in 1997. In January, the former town council voted to declare the map as being ambiguous.

Proposed Ordinance 341 amends the town's code including many issues dealing with employees and job descriptions. They all relate to implementing the council/manager form of government, which was approved by voters during the March 14, primary election.

To allow a town manager to be hired, several sections of existing code must be changed. The town recently hired Randy Russell as the new town manager. He started in that position in November.

The final proposed law on the agenda is Ordinance 342, which also would amend the town code. It relates to penalties for violation of the code. It also provides for repeal of conflicting ordinances.

Also on the agenda but not included in the public hearing is discussion and possible action on the town's rental properties. The council will consider whether to increase rent or use a system to charge renters for a share of utility costs.

The council will consider adoption of a corrected organizational chart for the town's government.

Final items on the agenda include a request by librarian Kathleen Jarvis to initiate a children's program.

The council and its attorney will discuss and set priorities on projects they wish to pursue.

The council meetings are held in council chambers in the Jerome Civic Center at 600 Clark St.

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