Zoning approved for church

A church will be moving into the former Hamilton County Public Health building following the City Council’s actions at their regular Monday meeting.

The Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal Church will be moving in after the council chose to waive the third reading of proposed zoning ordinance amendments that would allow a place of worship in a designated central business district and accept the change after the second reading.

Monday’s council meeting was the second where dozens of members of the church’s congregation gathered in support for the amendment. Councilmember Geary Meyer said he was glad to see community supporters attend the meeting.

“I think it’s a statement that you’re all here and have been looking forward to this opportunity,” Meyer said.

The council also voted to adopt an ordinance providing for the division of taxes levied on taxable property in the 2013 addition to the Red Bull division urban renewal area following its third reading on Monday night. The ordinance, according to a council document, expands the urban renewal area to be proactive on the possibility of additional development in the area of Van Diest Medical Center and the Hamilton County Courthouse.

In other business, the council set a public hearing for Nov. 4 at 7:25 p.m. on a proposed ordinance amendment concerning zoning as it relates to cellular phone towers. City Manager Ed Sadler said as cell phones continue to grow in popularity and use, Webster City has received more requests to build towers within city limits.

“The designs are different now. What this change is going to provide for is the new designs of towers which won’t need as much land to keep them from falling on something,” Sadler said.

The council ended with a closed session meeting.