The Pleasant View Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved some expenses and had the first reading of the Fiscal Year 2020 budget at its May meeting.

Unanimous approval was given for the first reading of the annual budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The board approved a 2019-2020 step scale pay plan for city employees.

Also approved was the town’s renewal of its contract with the Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department; expenses not to exceed $5,000 for signs and city limit entrances and city hall, including all materials for installation of the signs; expenses not to exceed $4,000 for the installation of lights at Pleasant View Community Park; and payment to Axon Enterprise, Inc. for tasers and accessories for the Pleasant View Police Department for $5,980, with $2,785 coming from the general fund and $3,195 from the drug fund.

The board also decided to send a letter to the Department of Environment and Conservation (Recreation Services) requesting to repurpose the cornhole area at Pleasant View Community Park which was paid for through the 2013 LPRF grant.

Also, an ordinance to rezone property on Boat Factory Road was approved 3-0, with a second reading set for June 11. Aldermen Heather Hardwick and Vice-Mayor Bruce Drake were absent.

Building Commissioner Mark Goins said that Angele Baker, the owner of the 5.3 acres of property located at 2140 Boat Factory Rd. that she had inherited, wants to rezone from R-2 low density to R-3 medium density. That would give her the option of putting two houses on the front of the property for her family.

Residents had expressed concerns about the change inviting development of a subdivision, a concern also expressed by aldermen Bill Anderson and Kyle Prichett.

Goins said that is not the case because the property is too small for a subdivision.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for June 11 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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