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October 14, 2019

A Meeting of the Board of Adjustment of the Village of Mead, NE was held October 14, 2019 at the Village Office. Chairman Pro-tempore Wimer called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Notice of the meeting was provided in advance thereof by posting notice at the Bank of Mead, U.S. Post Office and the Village Office as shown by the certificate of posting notice attached to these minutes. Advance notice was also provided in the Wahoo Newspaper and to the Chairman and all members of the Board of Adjustment. All proceedings were held while the convened meeting was open to the public. Answering roll call were Trustees William Thorson, Richard Wielage, and Rodney Wimer, and Planning Commission Chairman Ricky Miller. Absent were Chairman Gary Guyle and Trustee Jason Felty. Also present was Clerk June Moline. Guests were Steve Mayfield, Greg and Laura Clark, and Todd Clark.

The posting of the Open Meetings Law was noted.

Motion by Wielage, second by Wimer, to adopt the agenda. Vote: Felty-absent, Guyle-absent, Miller-yes, Thorson-yes, Wielage-yes, Wimer-yes; motion carried 4-0.

Motion by Wielage, second by Thorson, to enter a public hearing at 6:03 p.m. Vote: Guyle-absent, Miller-yes, Thorson-yes, Wielage-yes, Wimer-yes, Felty-absent; motion carried 3-0.

Chairman Pro-tempore Wimer stated that the purpose of the hearing was to address an application for a variance from Greg and Laura Clark. They plan to place a house and garage on the property known as E ½ S 4’ Lot 13 E ½ Lots 15, 17, 19, and 21, Block 32, Original Town Mead, Mead, Saunders County, Nebraska, commonly known as 421 S. Cedar Street. The house and garage will not meet the minimum lot size of 8,000 square feet or the setbacks of front yard depth; not less than 25’; side yard depth; not less than 7’, and rear yard depth; not less than 35’ as required in the Multi-family Residential District.

Wimer called for public input.

Steve Mayfield indicated he owns the property to the west. This lot was originally one lot which was split into two lots of 6,600 square feet each. Steve has completed several upgrades to the shed on his lot which he uses for storage. He stated that if a house were permitted on the neighboring lot his land value would decrease as there is nothing more that anyone could do with it other than for storage. He indicated he had attempted to purchase the property from the previous owner in the past, but his offer was rejected.

Greg and Laura Clark indicated they will place a 1,200 to 1,400 square foot house on the property with a 10×15 attached garage for family members. They did understand the concern Steve was presenting but was hoping the family could continue to reside in Mead.

Motion by Thorson, second by Wielage, to reconvene to general session at 6:35 p.m. Vote: Felty-absent, Guyle-absent, Miller-yes, Thorson-yes, Wielage-yes, Wimer-yes; motion carried 5-0.

Discussion was held by the board. Using a scale model, the board could find no way to configure a house and garage on the property without consequences to the neighboring property.

Motion by Thorson, second by Wielage to deny the application for a variance due to substantial detriment to the adjacent property owner. Vote: Thorson-yes, Wielage-yes, Wimer-yes, Felty-absent, Guyle-absent, Miller-yes; motion carried 4-0.

Motion by Wimer, second by Thorson, to adjourn at 7:00 p.m. Vote: Wielage-yes, Wimer-yes, Felty-absent, Guyle-absent, Miller-yes, Thorson-yes; motion carried 4-0.

Rodney Wimer, Chairman Pro-tempore

June Moline, Clerk