New EMA director, multiple zoning requests approved by Madison County Board

EDWARDSVILLE – In a split vote, a new director of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency has been approved by the Madison County Board.

Frederick Guy Patterson was approved by a 16-9 vote.

In April Patterson was among several appointments to the Troy Fire District board.

He replaces Christopher Johnson, who was appointed EMA director in February but resigned soon after.

The county board last week also approved the appointment of David Fleetwood to a five-year term on the St. Louis Regional Airport Authority board, replacing Wendall Ross.

The board also approved eight zoning requests:

• Ronald and Rita Christlieb, owners of property at 7645 Possum Hill Road, Worden, had requested a special use permit to allow an overnight campground on the site.

• SBK Group LLC, on behalf of owners Ronald and Larry Blake, had requested a special use permit to allow an eating and drinking establishment in an existing structure in a B-4 Wholesale Business District at 5528 Maryville Road in Chouteau Township.

• Kent and Margaret Barnett, owners of property at 758 Birch St., East Alton, had requested a variance to build an accessory structure 25 feet tall, instead of the maximum 20 feet allowed in an R-3 Single Family Residential District in Wood River Township.

• Mike and Michele Riffel had requested a variance to construct an attached garage at 12157 Cedar Hills Drive, Highland, that would be 25 feet from the east property line instead of the required 50 feet. The property is zoned A Agricultural.

• Jill Bertels, on behalf of Bertels Land Inc., had requested the rezoning of about one-half acre of a dual-zoned lot to R-3 Single-Family Residential from A Agricultural at 4568 Seiler Road, Dorsey, in Moro Township.

• Billy Marquez had requested a special use permit to have a private parking lot and a Type B Home Occupation with six employees rather than one normally allowed to operate a cleaning company from his home at 3122 Harvard Place, Collinsville.

• Joshua Kirbach on behalf of Weber Living Trust, owner of 5446 Chain of Rocks Road, Edwardsville, had requested rezoning of 2.88 acres to PD Planned Development District from B-3 Highway Business District.

• Mark Frey and Gail Frey, owners of 4164 Illinois 160, Highland, had requested rezoning of 1.62 acres to PD Planned Development District from R-2 Single Family Residential.

The board also approved a Madison County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. The ordinance was necessary to continue to be in compliance with federal regulations dealing with the National Flood Insurance Program, and to regulate development on floodplains.

Building & Zoning Administrator Chris Douchleff said previously the county had been told by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources that it did not have a current flood damage prevention ordinance.

The board also approved a $125,000 loan to Collinsville Township for the development of a parking lot at the township’s Senior Center. The total project cost is estimated at $319,500.

The board also approved $500,000 in HOME funds to Turnstone Development Corp. for the Flax Meadow Townhomes project in Highland, a new construction development of eight one- and two-story townhomes. When complete, Flax Meadow will offer 32 units of family housing with on-site management offices, as well as a playground and a green space.

Also approved was adding territory in Edwardsville and Pontoon Beach to the Gateway Commerce Center Enterprise Zone, one of four enterprise zones in Madison County.

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