Council names new Municpal Development Board Tuesday

The Rockdale City Council has named the “new” Rockdale Municipal Development Board (MDD), replacing an “old” board which will hold its final meeting on Thursday.

Appointed in a called meeting Tuesday were Mark Jackson, Jim Scott, Bobby Pelzel, Collier Perry, Elaine Gerren, Gary Griesbach and Gary Anton.

Jackson, Scott and Pelzel were members of the old MDD which is being dissolved.

It was a busy week for city entities. The Planning & Zoning Board met Sept. 16 and moved ahead with the long process to “re-re-zone” sections of Ackerman and Main Streets which were changed from residential to commercial last year.

MDD— The new MDD came about because voters replaced it with a new entity that includes all of Rockdale and will use the sales tax previously collected by the Rockdale Hospital District.

The old MDD will meet for the final time at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. Members will discuss the transition from the old to new MDD. The new entity takes effect Oct. 1.

Tuesday’s appointments came after a candidate interview process lasting several weeks. The council had scheduled a Wednesday meeting for additional interviews, if needed, but that session was cancelled since appointments were made Tuesday.

Z ON I NG CH A NGE— The P&Z Board is now recommending to the city council the zoning be changed back to residential.

P&Z members gathered for a public hearing Thursday to gauge public opinion on whether to switch zoning in the areas under consideration back to residential,

Those areas are Ackerman, San Andres to Laura, and Main, San Andres to the IOOF Cemetery.

Zoning was changed to commercial last year to accommodate an Ackerman Street antique store which has since closed.

Sharon Kocian, an area resident, told the board many residents were “against re-zoning to commercial.”

She termed the antique store “very nice and it went with the neighborhood” but added: “What’s to say something else isn’t going to come in that’s going to make the neighborhood look bad.”

PROCEDU RE— Board’s recommendation to revert to residential now goes to the City Council for a public hearing and vote Oct. 11.

If the council gives first-reading approval on that date, a second reading would be scheduled for Nov. 8.

PARKS BOARD— The Park Board gathered later the same day and discussed ideas for improvements at city parks.

Jack son, represent ing t he MDD, asked park board members to come up with a “wish list” for improvements.

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