By Sarah Richardson
The second reading of the Suddenlink/Altice franchise renewal was tabled during the Tuesday, July 20, Lewisburg City Council meeting. Ordinance 292 would grant permission for Suddenlink to conduct business within the city, and doesn’t prohibit other competing businesses from operating in the same area. The city had brought forth concerns and questions about service times, the current lawsuit held against the franchise by the Public Service Commission, and other issues to a Suddenlink representative at the first reading of the ordinance, who was unable to attend this Tuesday’s meeting. City Administrator Misty Hill recommended tabling the second reading while they await answers.
At a recommendation from the Planning Commission, Council voted to rezone an up-and-coming development north of town from an I1 industrial zone to a Planned Unit Development. This new designation allows for DNA Holdings to transform the 50+ acre tract into a multi-use area containing a commercial space, single family homes, townhomes, and public walking and biking trails. Groundwork has been underway at the plot, which is located just past the West Virginia State Road Garage at the head of Brush Road. A traffic study will be done to accommodate the project, with developers staying in contact with the DOT to ensure minimal disruption to an already busy stretch of road.
In other news:
- Ordinance 293, Updating the Codified Ordinances for the City, passed unanimously. “Every year we update the codified ordinances. We didn’t do it last year because of Covid, so we have two year’s worth of city ordinances,” said City Clerk Shannon Beatty.
- John Preston was appointed to the Public Service District board.