Several changes were made regarding planning and rezoning during the June 17 Mulberry City Council meeting.

An appointment of Molly Dickerson to the Mulberry Planning and Zoning Commission was approved by a unanimous vote at the monthly meeting, according to the unapproved minutes.

Mayor Gary Baxter appointed Dickerson to the position to replace Janet Reeves, who had resigned. Mulberry policy allows the mayor to appoint a member to fill the vacancy.

Two variances were approved to Zoning Ordinance No. 142 during the meeting. The first variance allowed a portion of 1904 Mulberry Highway 64 West to be rezoned from Residential 1 to Residential 3.

Property owners plan to build one or two duplexes depending on soil testing, according to the minutes.

The second variance allowed a property at 222 Mulberry Highway 64 West to be rezoned from Residential 1 to Commercial 2, with the stipulation that a temporary trailer located on the property be replaced with a permanent structure.

Baxter told city aldermen that a commercial structure had been on the property before, but it had never been rezoned.

Also during the meeting, city council approved the mayor to apply for a grant for a school resource officer, according to the minutes.

Baxter told council members that the grant would fund 75 percent of the salary and benefits for a full time officer position for three years. The city would then have to retain that position at its own expense for at least 12 months after that.

Mulberry-Pleasant View School District already had approached the city about getting a resource officer, with the plan being for the school to use the officer full time while school is in session. The officer would be assigned to Chief Shannon Gregory for regular police work when school is not in session.

The school board has not yet voted on the agreement as it is in the beginning stages, but the school would pay 25 percent of the salary, approximately $34,500.00 over the three years. Once the three years is over, the city would have to come to an agreement on sharing the cost with the school.

During city updates, Baxter told aldermen that the contract for the phase two concrete work at the Mulberry City Park has been awarded to Martha Moore’s McCormick Construction.

Dirt at the city park is coming off of Wire Road construction project and will be used to level up the park and used to build up the recycling area at the shop. The rock in the dirt will be used to line the creek in the city park, he said.