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Avondale plans discussion on board appointments

Avondale Estates

Avondale plans discussion on board appointments

Avondale City Commissioners during the commission's June 23 meeting. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
Avondale City Commissioners during the commission's June 23 meeting. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Avondale City Commissioners during the commission’s June 23 meeting. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Avondale Estates has released its agenda for its upcoming work session, and it includes an item pertaining to city boards.

Item No. 3 on Wednesday’s agenda says, “Boards and Commission Reappointment Procedure,” but the agenda packet published on the city’s website includes no additional information.

Decaturish.com asked City Manager Clai Brown if he could elaborate. He responded via email, saying, “The BOMC is going to discuss the procedure for reappointments of members on boards and commissions in the city.”

He did not respond to a follow-up question asking if he could provide a more detailed explanation of this item. The city has various boards that handle certain functions of city government, including its Downtown Development Authority and Historic Preservation Commission.

Also on the agenda for Wednesday is an item labeled “Historic District Boundary Clarification” which will “clear up any confusion on the intent of historic district boundaries.”

“The City of Avondale Estates received a building permit application for 811 Stratford Road. It was discovered that there is a discrepancy between the Tier Designation List and the Zoning Map (which shows the Historic District Boundary). The Tier Designation List does not have 811 Stratford Road listed but the Zoning Map shows it within the Historic District Boundary,” the meeting packet says. “The City Attorney determined that the Historic District Map submitted and housed with the Historic Preservation Division is the map which governs the district boundaries not the Zoning Map. The Historic District boundaries were placed on Zoning Map for reference only.”

In addition to 811 Stratford, city staff also discovered that 827 Stratford is not on the list, according to the agenda packet.

Another item of interest: a resolution regulating “autonomous vehicles” within the city.

“The City of Avondale Estates recognizes that the testing and development of autonomous vehicles promises to provide technology that will reduce crashes, energy consumption, and pollution as well as revolutionize current transportation options,” the note attached to the agenda item says. “The City requests approval to pursue research and development of an ordinance allowing the approval of autonomous vehicles and to work with State Officials to authorize Avondale Estates as a pilot site for the research, development and manned testing of autonomous vehicle technology.”

The meeting will be held Sept. 17 at 5:30 pm at City Hall, located at 21 North Avondale Plaza. All meetings are open to the public.