A hot potato for council

Posted Thursday, January 7, 2010, at 1:26 PM
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    I say the standards are the standards and if the church cannot or will not meet them, then uphold the decision by the P&Z. These standards are not new and the church should have tried harder to meet them. If the council overturns the decision by the P&Z, they set the precedent for other organizations to ask for the same thing and cry foul if they are denied. That is just my opinion.

    -- Posted by Old capt obvious on Sat, Jan 9, 2010, at 10:16 PM
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    So what are you trying to say Junkyard Dog? That the rules that everyone else have to follow should only apply in certain cases? I applaud the P&Z for the decision. If it was a business and not a church, it would have not made the news at all.

    As I sit here trying to understand some of the logic of others a thought comes to mind. When Wal-Mart was built they did not need to big such a large parking lot. Those that wanted to shop there could have just parked at the old K-Mart across the street since there was plenty of parking there. Oh and the mini-malls that went in near Wal-Mart did not to build any parking since there was Wal-Mart that partons could park at. See how others can use this logic if the MHCC overrides the wonderful P&Z decision?

    -- Posted by Old capt obvious on Sun, Jan 10, 2010, at 5:47 PM
  • OG, you said it well as always. Rules are rules regardless of who/what wants to change them. For the businesses downtown that pay sky high rent---they deserve to be protected. If you cannot find a parking space you are not likely to shop there or hike so that you can shop there. I also thought they made a good decision and believe the mayor and CC will do the same thing.

    Most of the "folding lawnchairs" are reserved for those who rule the county. County rules are made to be broken or at least redone to allow for whatever.

    Stand your ground City! Maybe some of your moxie will rub off on the county folks (doubt it but I hold out some hope anyway).

    -- Posted by OpinionMissy on Sun, Jan 10, 2010, at 6:56 PM
  • I've lived in Mtn since 78 and it will be sad to see those buildings torn down to make way for a parking lot. I know change is good, but not everything is good. I'm going to get some pictures taken before they come down, so at least I will still have my old memories of how Mountain Home used to look......

    -- Posted by MsMarylin on Sun, Jan 10, 2010, at 7:41 PM
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    JYD,

    I will bow to you since you have lived longer than me. As for the slave comment, way off topic. Other have built in this area and have meet all the requirements.

    As for Wal-Mart, I never knew that this area was outside of the city limits. Since I have been here (99) city emergency services (MHPD and FD) have responded to all emergencies in this area and that was BEFORE Wal-Mart was built. Before you state stuff as facts you might want to check them out. The area where Wal-Mart is built has been in the jurisdiction of the city since I arrived here in 99. Before that I cannot answer but they built WITHIN city limits and thus meet CITY requirements.

    The ball is back in your court to respond.

    -- Posted by Old capt obvious on Sun, Jan 10, 2010, at 10:07 PM
  • I believe walmart is in the city.

    It's strange the way city and county lines weave in and out in Mountain Home. I live off Air Base Road where just down the street from me the houses are in the city but I am in the county. If you drive down south 5th, city and county weave in and out along there. It used to make it hard for emergency respondents to know who should respond city or county. It would be interesting to know if this still is a problem or if it has now been fixed.

    -- Posted by MsMarylin on Mon, Jan 11, 2010, at 7:55 PM
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    Junk yard dog,

    Here is a clue to you that Wal-mart is in the city limits. MHPD responds to any all calls at Wal-Mart. Look at the blog and see Police Chief Walters comments as to why the road was closed this past Saturday. There is proof for you.

    As for your comment "Unless, perhaps you were a slave in the 19th century, or a woman in the 20th century." You brought up this use of words no on else did. Is this an attempt by you to derail the topic at hand? That is how I see it.

    The bottom line is that the Church FAILED to meet the standards and regulations as they were set forth for them.

    -- Posted by Old capt obvious on Mon, Jan 11, 2010, at 9:51 PM
  • Old Guy

    I live on the out skirts of town and we are county however city and county come out here too. Ambulance and fire department come out here as well as the sheriff's.

    -- Posted by MsMarylin on Mon, Jan 11, 2010, at 10:19 PM
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    MsM,

    The Fire Department and Ambulance have a much larger area to cover than MHPD. The Fire Department responds to calls both in the city and county. The same thing for the ambulance. MHPD will only respond to call within city limits unless they are requested to provide aide outside the city limits. The Sheriff's Office responds to calls county wide including within city limits if need be.

    -- Posted by Old capt obvious on Tue, Jan 12, 2010, at 4:45 AM
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    JYKD,

    For your map try city hall or the county tax assessor. You might have to pay for one but if you want one those would be the places to start.

    -- Posted by Old capt obvious on Tue, Jan 12, 2010, at 9:49 PM
  • Here's something for everyone to think about. I have lived here since '98, and don't why parking is such an issue in the downtown area. There are not enough businesses in the downtown area. If you shop at Ace Hardware/NAPA Autoparts/Paul's Market/Great American Video and surrounding area you're going to park in the Paul's Parking lot. If your at the other end of town, more likely you're parking in the lot where Radio Shack is located. And with the amount of on-street and smaller parking lots available throughout the downtown I don't understand why parking is such an issue.

    Has anyone taken into consideration the Morman Center currently being built off of Hasket, behind McDonald's. Obivously, no one has throught of the increase in vehicle traffic the center is going to create. Exiting the "required" parking lot, directly into a residital area. Then onto Airbase Road, via an intersection with no traffic light, just a stop sign on Haskett. Maybe the City Council and P&Z can get together and have another traffic light installed on Airbase Road.

    I also like the attention that the Catholic Church is getting just because the parish wants to improve themselves and consolicate their operations. They've done the right thing by getting the community involved. But no one from the Morman community solitated any community input when they wanted to built the center off of Haskett.

    Like previous blogs have said, the standard/rules should be for everyone to follow. In my opinion, the City Council and P&Z appear to be pro-Morman, and anti-everything else. As an elected public offical, your religious belief must not be an issue when making community desicions. If it is, change your job.

    -- Posted by GFYS69 on Wed, Jan 13, 2010, at 12:30 AM
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