Prior to the start of the meeting Chairman Eddie Burks recognized the resignation of Community Planner Kim Morgan. He asked that the record reflect Morgan's dedicated service and acknowledge that she had done a fabulous job during her tenure as planner for the city of Dyersburg. Burks went on to introduce Morgan's replacement, Will Ratford, who commented that Morgan always had positive things to say about Dyersburg and its planning commission.
After pleasantries were exchanged, Burks addressed the first item on the agenda: the site plan for the new Domino's Pizza location. Ratford stated that he did not have any objections over the site plan, although he did comment that if the location was ever turned into a sit-down restaurant there would not be enough parking. However, he acknowledged that Dyersburg ordinances do not distinguish between a two-table establishment like the one Domino's is proposing and a 100-table establishment. It is a shortcoming in the ordinance that Ratford says he will be working with Codes Official Thomas Mullins to update.
Alderman Bart Williams asked if anyone knew if the new restaurant was a franchise or not. Williams said he was concerned if the same group that owned the downtown location was returning to operate this new store.
"That group left some folks holding the bag," said Williams.
Commissioner John Pressler moved that the site plan be approved as proposed with Commissioner Paul Newbill seconding the motion, which was approved without opposition.
After the meeting Williams commented to the State Gazette that his comments were not directed at new ownership of the establishment and he, like everyone else in the community, welcomed any new businesses in the area.
In other business, the board reviewed Pressler's request for a minor subdivision for property located on Weaver Road. As Pressler is a member of the planning commission he stepped down from the meeting during the discussion of this agenda item. Ratford said he did not have any issues with the request. The only issue that came up was that utilities were not clearly designated on the plans and the city engineer wanted to ensure that there was utility access. The surveyor, Mickey McClure, sent a letter to that effect. With no further comments, Williams moved that the subdivision be accepted with Commissioner Sheri Guthrie adding a second. The motion was unanimously approved and the meeting adjourned.