At this month’s Burnside city council meeting councilors didn’t even vote on one major issue.

For the city, it was a very calm month.

The biggest pieces of business they had to deal with was arranging street committees and hearing the first reading of an amendment to the Planning and Zoning ordinance.

The ordinance sets a schedule of fees for building permits, conditional use permits, certificates of occupancy, applications for map or text amendments and other activities that are of cost to the city.

Mayor Dean Lovins, told a Commonwealth Journal reporter, following the meeting that changes to the ordinance include the rate of the building permit, how tall buildings may be and the requirements for parking lots in commercial and resort districts within the City of Burnside.

Rates for a building permit would be $45 per square foot for residential buildings and $65 per square foot for commercial buildings to calculate a basic estimated construction cost of the building permit to go with the schedule that has been set up.. The schedule starts at $25 for an estimated $5,000 in construction cost and goes to $457.25 for estimated construction cost of $200,000.

As for the height of buildings in Burnside, the ordinance would change the standard from how currently no building can be taller than two stories, to no building being allowed to be a greater height than four stories.

The parking requirements would be one parking space per 100-square-foot of floor area with a minimum of 14 off-street parking spaces for walk-in restaurants and one parking space for every 30-square-foot of floor area for fast food restaurants.

A second reading, discussion and a vote on the ordinance will be held at the next council meeting.

In other business:

• Police Chief Eddie Glover thanked the city for their support both in the hiring of new personnel and helping get two new police cruisers for the force.

• Lovins told the council that Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Glover had donated $500 to the Burnside Police Department recently. The money will be used to buy two new shotguns.

• Councilman Chuck Foreman told everyone that this year Burnside Little League had almost doubled the amount of children taking part in the league. He said opening day will be held this Saturday, May 6, beginning at 10 a.m. with a parade, then from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. they will be selling pulled pork dinners and there will be games and other activities for the children at Cole Park.

• The next Burnside City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, June 5.

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