After going over the calendar with Dru, it appears the best option for Public Hearing on the Zoning Ordinance O-22-6-104 is at 5pm on July 18, with our regular July Work Session to immediately follow. This will give us just enough time to meet the 15-day notice requirement, and seems preferable to scheduling it on the 25th, since it could create a delay in starting our Commission Meeting. There has been a fair amount of public input on this Ordinance already, and should the hearing require time for more, I would prefer it affect the Work Session and not the Commission Meeting.
Please respond to this post as soon as possible with a YES if July 18 at 5pm immediately before our Work Session is an agreeable time to schedule this Public Hearing. Thank you as always,
I am available for the Public Hearing on July 18th. I would like to suggest we hold the meeting at 4:00pm so if any citizens appear and speak, which could take time, we are not having our County Dept. Directors and School Administration waiting on us to complete a public meeting.
Here is our challenge now. Because Monday is a holiday, it would be necessary for us to get public notice of a hearing in this Sunday’s edition of the Knoxville News-Sentinel in order to meet the 15-day deadline for a hearing on July 18. Unfortunately, the News-Sentinel has told us they will be unable to run the notice this Sunday. This means the soonest we can get notice out is now Tuesday, July 5 in the Knoxville Focus. This puts us back to either the 20th, 21st, or on the 25th immediately prior to the Commission meeting.
While I agree with Commissioner Schoonmaker that this is not ideal, in the essence of time, and now encountering a closing window to even get this noticed by the 5th, I am seeking your concurrence with holding this Public Hearing on Ordinance O-22-6-104 at 5pm on Monday, July 25, with Commission Meeting to immediately follow. We can do our best to notify and work with all potentially affected department heads accordingly.