City denies zoning change


Despite Crystal Ennis’ impassioned plea for her daughter, and a closed session to consult with an attorney, Madisonville City Council members denied a zone change that would allow manufactured homes to be put up on single-family residential lots.

On a 3-1 vote Monday night, with Lois Brown voting against the measure and Chris McGilbra abstaining, the council rejected the ordinance, after which Harris said, “God bless you.”

The ordinance was sent to the council after the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission were split and sent it to the council without recommendation, City Manager Camilla Viator said.

Ennis said her daughter purchased land in the area, but could not afford to buy a constructed home, and manufactured homes were the only way she could have a place to live.

“I ask you to ask, ‘What would God do in this situation,’” she said. “We’re just asking for a chance for (my daughter) and her child.”

Reginald Parish, who inherited property in the affected area as well, said he understands that the city wants to keep things “at a certain level” and not allow property values to be affected, but the home he wants to place on the property is about $100,00.

“I’m not trying to bring down the area, the city or our neighborhood,” he said. “I’m just trying to be a part of this community as well.”

Council Member Russell Bailey, in making a motion to deny the zoning change, said the decision was difficult and that any decision will mean there’s winners and losers.

After the vote, Mayor Bill Parten said the matter could be revisited in 10 to 12 months.

In other business, the city:

•approved allowing GrantWorks and KSA to apply for a General Land Office Community Development and Revitalization grants;

•approved the hiring of Schaumberg and Polk Inc. for engineering services on the repair of Lift Station 8 east of town;

•approved applying for a grant from Brazos Valley Council of Governments to purchase a replacement K-9 vehicle for the Police Department; and

•approved a contract with Performance Solutions for the installation of AMI water meters