Busy meet for Batesville City Council as private club app, poultry plant odor, and more are discussed

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The Batesville City Council worked through a heavy agenda at last night’s meeting, adopting numerous ordinances including those involving approvals of operational and construction procedures for city infrastructure, an ordinance approving an application for a private club permit, an ordinance modifying current zoning ordinances concerning how developers can utilize a tract of residential land, and many others.

The ordinance for approving an application for a private club permit was for a potential Italian restaurant known as Tavola. The same family applying for the permit also owns a restaurant in Paragould.

In executive session, the council also discussed personnel appointments for the council’s vacant Ward 3 seat and the planning and zoning commission.

Landon Reeves appointed to the planning & zoning commission, and Pete Musgrave was appointed to the council’s Ward 3 position.

During the “Mayor’s Comments” portion of the meeting, Mayor Elumbaugh announced he met with representatives of Peco and OMP a few weeks ago and spoke again with the officials about the odor long associated with the plants. Noting the economic importance of the poultry plants to the community, Elumbaugh said the city wants to work and partner with the companies to ensure the problem is corrected and Batesville can maintain a good quality of life.

“We want good quality of life,” the mayor said. “So when you come across the White River, or if you live on Broad Street, or if you’re at White River Health System on their campus, or anyhwere…in our parks, we want to have good, clean air to breathe.”

Elumbaugh stressed a solution will not happen overnight.

“It will take some time,” he said. “We want to work with them. We want to be their partner, but at the end of the day, we want to maintain that good quality of life for our citizens.”

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