Possible development has neighbors wanting answers

FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Village Council met on a cold night Monday and addressed a variety of community topics, including a lengthy discussion with a group of residents from the East Moundvale neighborhood.

Longtime community member Sandy Erick — who has lived on East Moundvale for 51 years — addressed the room with a list of issues that she and several other residents discussed with Mayor Jerry Day and the council members.

Many of the topics that Erick talked about involved zoning and the potential development of some of the recently-purchased land in the East Moundvale community. She and other residents asked, among other things, how the area is zoned and for what; what can be built in each of the differently-zoned areas; who, if anyone, can change the zoning in specific areas; and if there were zoning regulations on unfinished houses. She also asked about the compliance size of accessory buildings, for which there is currently no regulations. However, the planning and zoning commission has suggested 140 square feet and 12 feet tall; many in council think the square footage is too small, but the height requirement sounds right.

“We’re not here to complain,” Erick said, “we’re just here to get educated.”

Mayor Jerry Day, along with council members James Hobson, Gordon Dusty Frazier, Rick Lanuzza, Ryan Shoemaker, Doug Turpen and Bill Van Nostrand, all responded in a roundtable way.

The mayor started by answering Erick’s question about the protocol of the zoning rules. Day said that zoning started with the planning commission, which meets regularly on Monday nights, and then progressed to the council and to an open public hearing.

“We talk about revitalization and to do things downtown, but if we’re going to do that and make it appealing for people to move in, then we’re got to tweak the zoning laws,” Erick said.

The mayor then replied to other topics by saying that the council was looking into improving East Moundvale and as well as other neighborhoods and the group and several other committees were addressing such concerns as excessive speed, incomplete housing construction and unnecessary debris in yards. There were also talks of creating more lighting in particular parts of the village, specifically on the northern side of Melick Street on the border of East Moundvale.

In other business, council voted to create a full-time deputy fiscal officer position. The position is in anticipation of current Fiscal Officer Mary Lou Hannan’s plans for retirement.


John Wareham: 740-397-5333 or john.wareham@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @



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