A conditional use permit was approved by the Laurie Board of Aldermen April 10 to allow for mixed commercial and light industrial use at a new business on the north side of town.
The city planning commission recommended the CUP to allow Dino Trailers, owned by Dean Surritte, to do assembly and sales of tear drop trailers at 127 Hwy. 135 in Laurie. The property is zoned C-2, the Highway Commercial District.
A public hearing on the CUP was held by the planning commission April 1. There were no comments on the application from the public at the hearing and none received in writing outside the hearing, according to Chair Rick Purdon. The commission also reported no problems from the city's standpoint.
Dino Trailers plans to assemble and sell tear drop trailers and bolt them onto pre-assembled trailer frames at the site.
The special permit was possible after the city added light industrial as a conditional use under C-2 last fall.
Before the code amendment in September 2012, industrial zoning would have been required for this type of use.
Surritte's case was the first under the new rule.
The board of aldermen also received a cost estimate for preliminary design and budget work on a proposed city sidewalk project from city engineering firm Bartlett & West. They proposed a cost for services of approximately $1,150.
The city enhancement committee is in the process of applying for a grant to put a sidewalk loop through the heart of the city.
The proposed path would run along Hwy. 5 from around Dollar General to Central Bank then loop it down Route O to Laurie Care Center and back into the Hillbilly Fairgrounds. The path would then go through the fairgrounds to connect to the beginning of the loop in the Dollar General area.
With help from the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments, the committee is working on an application for a Missouri Department of Transportation grant to complete as much of this loop as possible.
Sidewalks and bike paths are the highest priority among the city enhancement committee's proposed projects due to their appearance and functionality, according to committee chair Ron Holtz.
"Connectivity" is the key idea behind the project, he said.
The engineering services would determine a realistic scope of work and cost estimate to apply for the auxiliary transportation grant.
Schultz Surveying & Engineering has also expressed interest in helping with the project and provided the board with an overview of the company and services at their April 10 meeting.
Kathy Hagan of Laurie Realty also attended the meeting to proposed that the board consider purchasing property to expand the city fairgrounds and park. The property that is for sale is located at Route O and Anna Rd.
Page 2 of 2 - The board said it would take her proposal under advisement, but took no action and had no further discussion on the issue.