Rezoning OK’d for storage unit in Windsor

Published 9:05 am Friday, August 17, 2012


WINDSOR—Windsor Town Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to rezone four properties for a storage unit and propane filling station.

No one opposed rezoning the land on East N&W Street near Joyner Avenue from residential to general business during a public hearing.

D&T Properties wants to build a storage unit for its business, Windsor Hardware Store and set up a propane filling station for people with gas grills and campers.

Tammy Edwards with D&T Properties said most of the work had been done when it was discovered that a permit was required. The hope was to have the propane refilling station ready for this summer, but now the project is expected to be completed after the first of the year.

An abandoned house will be demolished. Most of the nearby homes are across the railroad tracks.

Council also agreed to apply for a $50,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Health Office of Drinking Water. Town Manager Michael Stallings said no money will be required from the town.

If approved, the grant would be used to update the town’s water system map. In addition to identifying problem areas, preliminary engineering on replacing damaged or worn out water pipes would be available.

Stallings also discussed improving the town’s website. Tim Bradshaw, chief executive officer of Insercorp in Franklin, offered to create a website and provide software to make daily changes easier for $5,600. Staff training would be included. There would be an annual $600 maintenance fee.

The plan to negotiate was approved 4-1. Councilman Clint Bryant opposed the matter without comment.

In other matters, Council:

• Discussed but took no action on replacing worn out signs at the town’s borders. Councilman Durwood Scott spoke about a type of Styrofoam covering that would secure a sign, but didn’t see any significant savings. More time is needed for research.

• Learned that Planning and Zoning Administrator Dennis Carney suggested issuing warnings for those who fail to cut their grass or have junk vehicles. A second offense within a year’s time would warrant a $50 fine. Because there’s no town ordinance for junk cars, Carney proposed that residents with the vehicles in their yards be given a warning, and if no action is taken within 30 days, then towing would be done. A public hearing on the issue will be held during the 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, meeting at town hall.