While much of the talk Tuesday night at the Starkville Board of Aldermen meeting focused on the city”s potential move from bags to bins for garbage collection, the board also approved a conditional use request and plat for Florida Care Properties to construct an 8,500-square-foot building at the corner of North Montgomery Street and Womack Road.
Preferred Care Inc. owns the 3.41-acre lot at the northwest corner of North Montgomery Street and Womack Road, but submitted to the city a request to subdivide the property and sell a .93-acre portion to Florida Care for its new building. Aldermen approved the conditional use request to build the structure and the preliminary/final subdivision plat Tuesday without discussion. The planning and zoning commission in October unanimously recommended aldermen approve the plat and conditional use request.
Florida Care has offered training in horticulture, light woodworking, laundry, housekeeping, daily living and arts and crafts to clients with mental or physical disabilities since 1993, but has outgrown its facility at 1417 Highway 389 N., less than a mile from the new site at North Montgomery and Womack. The company serves approximately 75 clients per day, but expects that number to increase to 100 when the new facility is constructed.
In other business Tuesday, the board approved a tax payment plan which will allow city residents to pay ad valorem taxes in installments. Residents only will be required to pay 50 percent of their ad valorem taxes on or before Feb. 1, another 25 percent on or before May 1 and the remaining 25 percent on or before Aug. 1. However, interest will accumulate on the second and third payments if all taxes are not paid in full by the initial Feb. 1 deadline.
The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors last month approved an identical tax payment installment plan. The Mississippi Attorney General still needs to approve the revised tax payment structure.
Aldermen Tuesday also approved a request by residents of Country Club Estates to install new, decorative street signs in the subdivision.
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