The difference between operating a business out of a non-permanent structure as opposed to a permanent structure within the City of Camdenton is exactly $485.

The difference between operating a business out of a non-permanent structure as opposed to a permanent structure within the City of Camdenton is exactly $485.

On Tuesday night, local business owners Mandy Morris of Plaster Master and her father Dick Morris successfully appealed the city’s classification of its office trailer as a temporary structure for their new joint venture, Camdenton Auto Center, located at 494 N. Business Route 5.

However, the city reserved the right to charge the full $500 fee for non-permanent as opposed to the $15 permanent business fee if the Morrises don’t complete a new, permanent structure within six months, as per the municipal code.

The Morrises intend to construct a permanent facility for the auto-sales business near the back of the lot and contested one of the stipulations of the non-permanent structure classification stating that no customers are allowed into the temporarily trailer to do business or sign paperwork.

“We have made it very nice and it’s going to be temporary. In order for me to have an auto dealers license, I need a structure on the property to operate my business,” Mandy Morris explained to the board. “I felt it was very unfair for the $500 and when I do have the permanent building it’s only $15. Especially during the summer months, it’s going to be really hard to sit outside and do paperwork. I’m just hoping you all can work with us on this.”

According to a staff memo from Camdenton’s building official and zoning inspector, Dennis Croxton agreed that the assessment of the structure should be classified as a business operating from a non-permanent structure subject to the standards and restrictions stated under Section 605.042 of the municipal code.

“However, in recognition that this will be a temporary office until a permanent structure can be built, I would have no objections to allowing customers within the structure of the trailer/office in order to complete paper work, etc. as long as the trailer is placed on a temporary block foundation,” Croxton wrote. “I will also need to inspect the electrical hook-up of the trailer.”

Alderwoman Sandy Osborne said she would be comfortable with the agreement, so long as the Morrises understood the city would charge the full $500 license fee if the property was not completed in the six-month timespan.

“I’m fine with that, absolutely,” Morris replied. “I’m more than happy to say if we don’t get this done in six months time we’ll pay the $500, but we’ll have a nice building, a nice business going and this isn’t the first time we’ve built something.”

The permanent building will also have to undergo building and fire code inspections upon completion.

OTHER BUSINESS:

At the unanimous request of the Camdenton Planning and Zoning Commission, the board of aldermen approved a rezoning request for a vacant commercial building from C-1 General Commercial to R-2 Two-Family Residential. The request made by Mark Daniels on behalf of owner William Herholzer was in regards to a structure, built as residential, but formerly operated as commercial, located at 10 Pine Street.

According to the application, “the property sits idle and would be a wonderful dwelling for a small family” and is located across the street from residential properties. There was no written or spoken objection. The building will also have to undergo repairs and updates to be brought up to current codes, according to a memo to the commission.

Former Alderman Steve Eden was recognized by city staff for his service as Ward II’s representative from April 2011 to April 2017 before new and re-elected board members were sworn into office. Eden was defeated by Brenda Oshel-Weir in the April 2017 municipal election.

She was sworn into Eden’s former seat along with incumbent Ward III Alderwoman Sandy Osborn, incumbent Ward I Alderwoman Bonnie Black and incumbent Ward I Alderman Dan Hagedorn.