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New Business Gets OK from Bromley & Other City Council Notes

Bromley City Council gave a provisional OK for Jason Perry's new restaurant, called the Key Note Cafe, which he wants to locate in the old Simpler Times building at 18 Pike Street.  

The city's building inspector, Joe Schutzman, told council last week that on the basis of Perry's business plan, there would be several restrictions. Schutzman said that he thought the business would be a great one for the community, but that it doesn't fit the zoning at all, the biggest issue being parking. If the restaurant is as successful as Perry thinks it will be, Schutzman says there has to be a paved parking lot in the back, and the business can't depend solely on street parking.

SEE PREVIOUSLY: New Cafe that Caters to Cyclists Proposed in Bromley & New Bromley Restaurant Takes Step Forward

"I understand it is all about the parking," Perry acknowledged. "If people can't park they won't come in, and that is not good. If there are any grants or anything that would help me I would appreciate that, but if it has to be paved we will do it."

Perry said he has an occupancy license for the building and he is at the point where he has to get started and make decisions, so council members said they thought it was a good plan with the restrictions that Schutzman set up.  Schutzman said he was comfortable with the restrictions, and once he had the affirmative from council, he said he would work with Perry to get the business up and running.

Another resident, Lawrence Redding, who rents property at Rohman Court, came to council to complain about the mud that seems to be everywhere, and he is worried about slipping and falling. Mayor Donnie Jobe explained that back in the 1980's the water department poured a driveway up the hill to gain access to a water tower. To do this, they also installed drain lines. However one of the residents dug up all the drain lines on his property. The access road has long since been abandoned, but the mud has taken over and is a serious problem. Jobe said they have plans to reinstall drain lines, but have been struggling to get approval from the Water District to dig in the area to put the lines in.  

Schutzman said he would take over the struggle and get an engineer in to see what they could do to solve the problem, which has been going on for years and needs to be resolved.

Other notes:

Council also passed an amended budget for 2014-2015.

Attorney Kim Vocke gave an update on the city's participation in the pending litigation against SD-1.

Council agreed to allow Joe Schutzman to get an estimate on preliminary survey work for the Main Street project.

Councilwoman Gail Smith brought up the fact that the school buses have trouble turning corners because of people parking too close to the corner, which spurred conversations about residents having more than two cars per household. It was suggested that the city put up signage as well as the yellow painted curbs, but nothing was decided at the meeting.

Smith also said the budget has about $66,000 allotted for different projects within the city. Smith also asked council for approval to enter a three-year contract with Shakey's Lawn Service for the ball field for $90 for four cuttings a month. Council agreed.

Mayor Jobe said that it is Bromley's year for the Memorial Day parade and he had looked into a speaker for the event. He also said he had been contacted by a person who works for the Reds and comes around to check the safety community ball fields. Jobe said the official reported that they need 20 tons of dirt on their baseball field because the city has not put dirt down for the last two years.

Under old business, Councilwoman Nancy Kienker suggested that the city look at a possibility of helping citizens fix their sidewalks, maybe next year or the following year. Councilwoman Dixie Meyer agreed saying a one time grant-type money offered by the city in the future would give citizens incentive to fix their sidewalks and give them a good feeling about their city. Nothing was decided on the matter.

Under new business, Councilman Bob France brought up a new property that is currently being renovated to be another rental property. He asked Attorney Vocke if there was any way to limit the amount of rental property in the city, and was told he didn't think there was. A tightening of regulations, such as requiring yearly inspections, could lessen the forward march of rental properties in the city, but nothing was decided. However council agreed they need to get more aggressive with the rental regulations.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Photo: Jason Perry explains what he wants to do with his restaurant, the Key Note Café.