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Council considers fee for 911 signs

Those who move into some newly annexed areas of Alexandria may have to pay a $30 fee so their property has a 911 sign.

At its meeting Monday, the Alexandria City Council gave preliminary approval to establish the new fee.

It will only apply to annexed areas that the city determines are more rural in nature. The signs would tie in with the county's computerized emergency response addressing system.

The fee would apply only to new construction. The city would install the poles.

Some of the council's other decisions were reported in Wednesday's newspaper. In other action, the council:

•Rezoned property at 901 and 903 Oak Street from "single family residential" to "single and two family residential."

The Alexandria Habitat for Humanity recently purchased the four lots in that area from Bernice Hill. Rezoning the property would allow the organization to replat and better position the four houses it plans to build.

•Approved a final plat for Lakewood Terrace, an apartment complex on the east side of South Broadway, south of 34th Avenue.

The city approved a preliminary planned unit development (PUD) for the project last March.

A park contribution of $6,700 is required, as well as a developer's agreement.

•Approved a final plat for "The Trails Third Addition." This is the final phase of The Trails subdivision. The preliminary plat was approved back in 2002 and the "build out" is proceeding according to plan, noted Weber.

•Was reminded that a public hearing for a stormwater management plan will take place Monday, August 3 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers. A council work session will follow at 7 p.m. Items up for discussion include special use vehicle regulations, expenditure options for the 2010 budget and an update on the council members' committee work.

•Agreed to waive the city's rights to an existing but old road right of way that goes through the Target property. The road was never developed.

•Received a letter that the Douglas County Board will host an open house at the new Douglas County Public Works building on Thursday, July 30 from 3 to 7 p.m. It's located at 526 Willow Drive.

•Received a letter from Charter Communications stating that the company is in the process of a multi-million dollar statewide network upgrade.

Several new high-definition channels are being added, including Lifetime HD, Fox News HD, CNN HD, KPXM-ION HD and C-SPAN 3.

Some other channels will be realigned and relocated on August 18. Charter Communications customers are being notified of the changes, according to the company, which has a franchise agreement with the city.

•Approved the following licenses: heating - Two Sons (new) and All Season Heating (new); and charitable gambling - Chain of Lakes Ducks Unlimited for a September 24 raffle at the Broadway Ballroom.