Daviess County’s plan to rent a vacant storefront to temporarily solve its storage issues ran into a snag from the city.
During Monday’s Commissioners meeting, the commissioners were told by a city official the space they are renting at 103 E. South St. may not be properly zoned. Board of Zoning Appeals President Don Spillman, also a news reporter for WAMW-FM, said if the county were to make the once-storefront a warehouse, commissioners might need a variance.
“If it is a warehouse in a commercial area, you may want to look at city zoning,” Spillman said. “If you are storing stuff in there, that is a warehouse.”
And the city agreed, for a time. Building Commissioner Terry Wininger told the Times Herald after the meeting the building was zoned C-1 and the county would have to get a variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals. Several minutes later, that decision was reversed.
Wininger said city zoning law clarifies storage facility versus warehouse. Since the county will be using the building for storage with people coming in and out and not just as a warehouse, the building fits city code.
During the meeting, commissioners were taken aback by the revelation, but entered into a lease with the building’s owner John Mangin. The lease calls for $600 a month for a year, with options for multiple years if needed.
“It will probably be OK,” Commissioner Tony Wichman said about the zoning issue.
The storefront will hold files from county offices that will be moved from the old county garage on S.E. Third Street after recurring issues of spiders and bats were found among the county’s files the state requires the county to keep. A month ago, the clerk’s office stopped sending employees there to retrieve files in the garage.