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February 19, 2014

Special meeting set to discuss fairness ordinance

Council approves Phase 2 of retirement community plan



Spectrum study Phase 2 approved

The council approved continuing a study to determine if the city was a viable location for a retirement community.

In July, it funded an initial examination of census data and other public documents. In the second phase, Spectrum representatives will come to Berea to conduct a more in-depth study of the area, including possible competitors near by.

The second phase will cost $7,000, bringing the total cost of the analysis to $12,500.

As long as the data remain current, study results also can be shared with businesses considering moving to the area, Mayor Steve Connelly said.

Council Member Chester Powell was the only dissenting vote on the issue.

“Why do we need to do this?” he asked. “If I had $2 million to build a retirement home, I would pay for the study myself.”

Connelly said United Church Homes, a company that bought land for a retirement community several years ago but has not built anything, began updating its study simultaneously with the city upon hearing the council was still interested.

Committee ordinance read

The council heard first reading of a new ordinance governing how council committees are created and organized.

Initially, only two standing committees, audit/finance and public works, would be appointed. In previous work sessions, council members and City Manager Randy Stone agreed those two committees were needed to keep the council informed about city operations.

Terrill moved Tuesday evening to table the ordinance so additional discussion could take place. He questioned whether any committees were necessary. However, the motion died for lack of a second.

Closed session called to discuss purchase of property

The council briefly entered into closed session to discuss the purchase of land from Mitch Tolle. Connelly said public discussion could affect the price, and this exception is allowed under state Open Meetings statutes. No action was taken after the session, the mayor said.

Seth Littrell can be reached at or 624-6623.


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