Re-zoning will benefit local business

Decatur's plan commission and city council are providing a helping hand to a local business through a rezoning.
    The Best One Tire Center at US 224 and E. Monroe St. will be losing most of its parking lot and public access when the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) completes the project to elevate 224 in that area.
    Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday night's city council meeting that owner'operator Greg Townsend has requested the land directly on the north side of the tire center be rezoned from R-1 (residential) to B-2 (business). Townsend owns the house on the property and will have it razed to provide new access and parking.
    The plan commission unanimously supported the change and council voted 5-0 on two readings to give its approval through an ordinance, with the third and final reading expected at the next meeting, on October 1.
    Also at the meeting;
    • The mayor mentioned the upcoming "Color Me Healthy" project by the local Winning with Wellness group, which is designed to fight childhood obesity. A kickoff luncheon is scheduled for October 4 and a walk on October 6, starting at the hospital at 2:30 p,.m. "This is a neat thing and we need to support it," Schultz said.
    • The city's 2014 budget was passed on two readings, with final approval to come at the October 1 meeting.
    • Parks and Rec Director Steve Krull said 200 to 300 people attended the recent outdoor concert by My Lost Tribe at Riverside Center. Earlier concerts were held and while it may be too late in the season for any more, "We will continue to try to do more next year," he added.
    • Councilman Cam Collier was unable to attend the meeting.