CHARLESTON - Charleston city officials will amend zoning for property being sold to the county for a future jail expansion instead of going through to regular rezoning process due to an oversight.
Tommy Butler, who is selling the property to the county for $9,000, advised county commissioners he believes the property is already zoned commercial. Butler said "it should have been zoned commercial and was inadvertently left residential," according to County Clerk Junior DeLay. "All the working maps that he had in his possession showed it as commercial."
The lot is to be used for a future Mississippi County Detention Center expansion, but county commissioners have declined to be specific on any plans they may have for the lot.
In other Mississippi County news:
* Mississippi County elected officials and courthouse personal gathered on the courthouse lawn around the flagpole at 9 a.m. in observance of the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"We had a moment of silence then recited the pledge," DeLay said.
* County commissioners will not meet Sept. 25.
* Commissioners approved a pay estimate from Young's Construction Company of Hornersville for work on the rural water district to be paid out of Community Development Block Grant funds.
The payment was approved by commissioners contingent upon the Mississippi County Public Water District's approval.
* County clerk's office staff will accompany DeLay for the Missouri Clerks/Elections Authorities annual conference to prepare them for election procedure changes going into effect due to the federal "Help America Vote Act."
"There's a lot of training that goes on," said DeLay. "There's going to be a lot of changes that are going to affect these counties."
The presidential primary election will be in February for the November 2004 election.