Aldermen in Southaven Tuesday night tabled a move about a new ordinance detailing the city’s obligations to streets in gated neighborhoods and the erection of gates for those areas.
Without naming the neighborhood, Mayor Darren Musselwhite said there was one particular area that had the belief that the ordinance was targeted only at them, which he said was incorrect.
“There is no rush to pass this ordinance,” Musselwhite said. “All that is being done is to provide for the future.”
Musselwhite pointed out that the proposal reflects what the city already has the ability to do by state law and the action only puts into ordinance form what has been done in the past through the Planning Commission.
“The guts of the issue is that if you want to have full time restricted access to the public, it becomes a private street,” Musselwhite pointed out, “If you just want gates, you can put gates up as long as you still allow full access. The ordinance still allows for gates, which is still effective.”
The plan details what the city is required to do to maintain private streets, that prior approval is required before a gate is installed, the design standards and the approval and appeals process.
Part of the discussion involved what percentage of the gated area residents would have to approve the installation of gates and the consensus was that a “super majority” of 75 percent should be the recommended support level.
In other action, board members approved four planning applications, items that include a new childcare center, a fast food restaurant and a convenience store and retail area.
One was for a new childcare center called Rainbow Child Care, located east of Getwell Road and south of Church Road as part of the Rosebury Commercial subdivision.
The second application was for the construction of a new Wendy’s restaurant, set for the south side of Church Road between Pepperchase Drive and Venture Drive near the Landers Center.
Another application was for a new convenience store and retail building set for the southwest corner of Stateline and Getwell roads.
Finally, Northpoint Christian School was given a conditional use permit to erect an LED reader board sign along Getwell Road in front of its campus at 7400 Getwell Road.
Laura Lutrick with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) presented an award to the City of Southaven and the Fire Department for its involvement in MDA “Fill The Boot” fundraising campaign.
The city received a plaque and the fire department given the MDA’s Golden Axe Award, emblematic of raising the third-highest amount of money in Mississippi to the program. Firefighters in the state each year greet shoppers at participating store fronts during the campaign to allow them to contribute money to help fight the muscular disease. DeSoto County fire departments have been very active in the program and are typically among the top participants to the effort.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.