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Council member resigns; rezoning request denied

POLO – Alderman Matt Mekeel has resigned his seat on the City Council.

In his letter of resignation submitted to the council at its Aug. 4 meeting, Mekeel said he had bought a home in another part of the city and no longer lived in Ward 2, where he was elected to a 4-year term in April 2013.

Also at the meeting, the council denied a rezoning request filed by Randy Gaul, who wants to build a 20- to 22-unit storage facility at 311 N. Green Ave.

The Zoning Board of Appeals had recommended approval of Gaul’s request to rezone his property from R-1 (one-family residence district) to B-3 (general services).

Cale Fry, who owns a house nearby, told the council he feared snow piles might obstruct the view for drivers in the area and was concerned about water runoff from the gravel surface Gaul was proposing.

The area is primarily residential, and Fry said he would prefer to see Gaul’s property remain an empty lot unless a house is built there.

Gaul said the area has mixed residential and commercial zoning.

A motion made by Alderman Dave Ackeberg to approve the request died after it was not seconded.

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