The Durant City Council met Tuesday in the Roscoe J. Hatfield Council Chambers located in the Durant City Hall. The meeting was a regularly scheduled business meeting.
The public hearing portion of the council meeting also served as a venue for the city to give longevity and employee of the quarter awards. This section of the meeting was also used to recognize members of the delegation that Represented Durant in Anaheim, Cailf., at the All American City Awards.
Jimmy Brewer, Jesse Burk, Kyle Davison and James Smarr were recognized for five years of service, Jennifer Gibson, James Hicks, John Ross and Gary Zachry were recognized for 10 years of service and Zefe Laborico and James Young were both recognized for 20 years of service.
James Scott was recognized as Employee of the Quarter. As recognition for the award, Scott received a framed certificate, eight hours of vacation time and a check for $300.
The council also decided a broad range of zoning issues. The council went against the advice of the planning and zoning commission and approved a request by Rick Eggenberg to rezone property located 202 East Pine from general residential to commercial. The property will be used as an outdoor showroom for Eggenberg's natural stone company. The council concurred with the P and Z commission and approved the following requests:
-A request by Rick Mackey to have property located at 2624 University changed from agricultural to commercial.
-A final plat submitted for High Meadow Apartments by Zerga Development.
-A request by James Wells to rezone 185 acres of property south of Big Lots.
-A request by Eloise Sills to rezone property located at 324 North Third from residential to commercial.
The council also approved suggestions from Assistant City Manager Tim Young to change the city's current zoning ordinances to include several new zoning classifications. The new zoning classifications included day care facilities, mental health centers, parks, banquet halls and athletic fields.