In a heated discussion, Councilman Dana Hayes questioned property owner John Herron regarding building permits, specific structural drawings and if construction had commenced. Herron excused himself from the meeting.
"I need to be excused before I have a heart attack," Herron said. "I have too much money invested in this."
According to Building Inspector Hugh Leishman, there is confusion about Herron's purchase of a small strip of land where only non-permanent buildings may be built due to underlying sewer lines.
The sewer main runs about 20 feet underground along Kanawha Avenue. If there is a break, any building obstructing access would have to be removed, he said.
"Mr. Herron was specifically told not to build until council approved the rezoning," Leishman said. "We need more specific structural drawings and need to make sure all permits are in order before we can proceed."
In financial matters, the city approved payment of invoices totaling $226,231.90.
Whittington announced the winners of the Christmas Decorations contest: Ward 1, Keith and Beth Payne; Ward 2, Lonnie and Dorothy Martin; Ward 3, Patrick Wood; and Ward 4, Everette and Kitty Sullivan.
Lastly, Greenlee expressed appreciation to Jo Ann Cornell for her work on the Christmas parade. He also presented Public Works Director Mike Williams and the city garage workers with a plaque in appreciation for building the Santa float for the Christmas parade.
"They are a hard-working team and do a good job every year," he said.