Minden Mayor Bill Robertson has never vetoed a vote of the city council. Not once in more than 20 years.
However, a council vote last night that approved the rezoning of two areas to accommodate mobile homes has drawn serious veto consideration from Minden's chief executive.
"I am seriously considering vetoing this," Robertson told Karen Taylor and Darius Davis regarding two separate petitions to rezone different properties. "You are more than welcome to discuss this matter with me later in the week, but I'm weighing a veto."
Robertson said the problem with the requests is that they are near entrances to the community.
"We need to be selective of where we allow trailers to be placed," he told the Press-Herald after Monday night's monthly meeting. "There are places to put them without rezoning, and we must be careful making exceptions. I have a particular problem placing trailers near the entrances to our community."
Robertson pointed out he has never used his veto power and is very hesitant to do so.
"But I think we need to make a point," he said. "Our town is beautiful. Not to say there are not some very nice manufactured homes but they have a place."
Karen Pullman requested a zoning variance on property owned by Jean Taylor located at 1434 Shreveport Road in order to place a mobile home on the property to be used as a residence.
The Minden Regional Planning Commission granted the request with the stipulation that the existing cottage located on the property is torn down once the mobile home is in place.
A second zoning variance was granted despite consternation. The council approved a variance for Darius Davis on property owned by him at 1406 Highway 79 (near Calvary Baptist Church) in order to place a mobile home on the property.
Pullman's request was made on behalf of a disabled friend. She plans to renovate the trailer and make it handicapped accessible. Davis plans to let a friend live in the trailer near Calvary Baptist while the friend renovates his own home. Davis said the trailer would be moved to a lake or moved to be used as a hunting camp after home renovations were complete.
The council approved both requests by a 3-2 vote. The voting was the same on both requests with Councilman Joe Cornelius, Councilwoman Magaline Quarles and Councilwoman Fayrine Kennon-Gilbert voting YES. Councilmen Tommy Davis and Benny Gray voted NO.
In other business, the Council approved numerous promotions within the Minden Police and Fire Department.
- Lt. Marvin Garrett was promoted to Captain.
- Officer First Class Spencer Tippin, Chris Cheatham and Heath Balkom were promoted to Sergeant.
- Officers Joel Kendrick, Jennifer Anderson, Heath Humble, Chris McClaran and John Anderson were promoted to Officer First Class.
- Probationary Firefighter Joshua E. King was promoted to Firefighter First Class.
"We appreciate all you do for the citizens of Minden," said Councilwoman Kennon-Gilbert, who also chairs the Personnel Committee.
"We appreciate all you do to protect and serve us. Thank you."