COMMERCE — Commerce officials will wait until a full council can convene before addressing two controversial issues.
Council members voted Tuesday to table action on a highly debated property zoning ordinance, moving the discussion to the October meeting agenda when officials hope to have a vacant council seat filled.
The ordinance, in its current form, prohibits construction or the placement of homes on lots with less than 60 feet of frontage. The majority of lots in Commerce are 40-foot lots, according to city officials who believe the restriction will be detrimental to city growth.
The council also moved discussion of a request for de-annexation.
Henry Hart, a Commerce business owner has requested to be withdrawn from city boundaries.
City attorney Erik Johnson, anticipating an increased number in de-annexation requests, recommended that a procedure be put in place that will put issues of de-annexation into the hands of the city’s planning and zoning board — which would review requests and bring a recommendation to the council for approval.
In other matters, the council:
Approved a $2 increase in sanitation fees — raising residential rates to $14.90 per month.
Council member Sandra Ross said it has been four years since the council increased sanitation fees.
The increase is a direct result of increased tipping fees charged to the City of Commerce by the City of Miami.
Council member Bob Crawford said the increase in tipping fees, combined with increased fuel costs, has resulted in an estimated $890 per month loss for the city’s sanitation service.
The City of Commerce collects household trash using its city service but then transfers the waste to Miami for disposal into a landfill site.
Approved the purchase of a $3,647 Lexmark copy machine for the municipal court room. The expense will be paid from the court fund. Approved a raise for the court clerk, bumping the hourly wage from $9.88 to $11. Discussed the vacancy left by former council member Jack Julian who stepped down from office July 9. The council has until Sept. 9 to appoint a replacement.