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  1. Planning Chair Heckled

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    December 4, 2013 by wcobserver

    Mike Landa, flying high.

    The Observation Post, -just another blog- By Steve Winkler   [If you’re looking for an unbiased, objective account of the last West Fork Planning Commission meeting, look somewhere else. This account is subjective and biased. I went to the meeting, here is what I saw. Here is what I felt about what I saw.] I did it. Well, “heckled” might be an exaggeration. Actually I spoke from my seat without going up to the podium, something that’s not so unusual at government meetings in West Fork. But if intent matters, yes, it was heckling. It happened about thirty minutes into the second hour of the most discombobulated, surreal commission meeting I have attended in my four years of reporting on West Fork government meetings.

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  2. Okay girls, time to take notes.

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    October 18, 2013 by wcobserver

    two secretary

    The Observation Post by Steve Winkler- Okay girls, time to take notes. The West Fork Planning Commission needs a few new members. If you’re a female applicant it might help your chances to serve your town if you have secretary skills to offer.

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  3. WF Planning Commission June Meeting Minutes

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    June 27, 2013 by Steve Winkler

    Unapproved Minutes 20 June, 2013 CONVENE:   6:30 p.m. ATTENDANCE:    Mike Landa__A__, Bob Staats_A__, Shyrlie Stout_P__, Jackie Bonner_P___, Wes Eckles__P___, Bill Griffith__P___.    Quorum present

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  4. West Fork Planning Commission Minutes, May Meeting

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    May 24, 2013 by wcobserver

    [This copy of the minutes was emailed to the Observer. Any citizen can have them emailed to them. All meetings are subject to Arkansas Freedom of Information laws.] Unapproved Minutes [Minutes are approved at the next meeting and become the official record of the proceedings.]  16 May 2013  CONVENE: 6:30 ATTENDANCE:    Mike Landa__P__, Bob Staats_P__, Shyrlie Stout_P__, Clay Newcomb__A_,  Robin Staats_P__, Jackie Bonner_P___, Wes Eckles_P____. Audience members : Paula Caudle, Bill Sergeant, Ed Stout, Frances Hime, Bill Griffith

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  5. Try Something Different

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    March 15, 2012 by wcobserver

    editorial-300x300

    On Tuesday, March 13, the elected representatives of the citizens of West Fork will gather to discuss an issue that, on its surface, concerns a couple of acres of real estate in an upscale neighborhood on a picturesque avenue in the south part of town. Without trying to sound too dramatic here, the discussion will reflect a question that currently arises in a national debate about the role of government in balancing individual rights with collective well-being. Several months ago, a property owner began the process of changing his home’s designation from a residential to commercial in order to legally engage in several types of commercial activity. The Planning Commission, the job of which is to insure that land use is consistent with established zoning districts and long range plans, determined that a conditional use for his businesses was fine but his request to rezone the entire parcel was inconsistent with the character of the neighborhood and his application was denied. The property owner appealed to the City Council who overturned the decision of the Planning Commission. They were swayed by the argument that he “had a right” to do what he pleased on his property, as well as reaping …

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  6. DENIED: Planning Commission Passes on Chair’s rezoning request

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    February 13, 2012 by wcobserver

    Mike Landa

    WEST FORK – The Planning Commission, on Feb. 1, denied a request by Mike Landa to rezone one of his West Fork properties. Landa was asking for a commercial spot-zoning for his property, 997 McKnight Ave., which is within a residential zone in the south part of town. The rezoning of this area is an issue that’s been brought up for before — for at least a decade. Landa, the Planning Commission chair, made his case during the commission’s regular meeting, with assistance from his Benton- ville lawyer, Darrell Gibby. The specific issue surrounding the Planning Commission chair, who abstained from participating with the commission on this issue, has been a point of contention for the past few months. Meanwhile, the debate about rezoning land in West Fork’s southern-most region is nothing new for the city. “As commission chair on the other side of the table, I was disappointed and embarrassed with some irrelevant questions and points not related to the application,” said Landa in a letter to the Commission the day after the decision. “In my opinion, the application process was tainted …” Landa and his wife Kim purchased their house and two and half acres from Mayor Francis …

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  7. Eatery Gets Accolades, Alley Gets Avoided

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    December 23, 2011 by Steve Winkler

    hotdog

    By Steve Winkler/WEST FORK — West Fork’s downtown dining spot, Lobo’s Deli, got high marks and permanent status from the Planning Commission at its Dec. 15 meeting. The concession trailer has been operating with a six month temporary placement permit from the city. Owner Justin Harris reported that the business has been “very successful” with income in the$6,000 – $7,000 a month range paying over $600 in monthly sales taxes. He said the business, operated by his father-in-law Troy Fredericks, plans to remain open during most of the winter and will be adding pizza to the menu. Commission members complimented Harris on the responsible operation of the business noting the lack of citizen complaints regarding parking and appearance. Commissioner Larry Vail commendedHarris for keeping the trash under control which was a major concern for some when the businessopened in May. Home owner David Wells appeared before the commission requesting that the city abandon an alley adjacent to his property at 282 Bloyt Street. He informed the commission of his plans to build a shop on his property. After some discussion, Chairman Mike Landa suggested the commission “give it to Butch [Michael Bartholomew] to make a decision.” A motion was made and passed. Commission members were given a copy of the municipal code section referring to Occupational Licenses, which Landa suggested was problematic. The code …

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