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  • Smyrna Town Council briefs from Sept. 4 meeting

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  • Other than the decision to approve the police station expansion feasibility project Smyrna Town Council also took care of some other business at their Sept. 4 council meeting.
    Committee appointments
    A few changes were made with the town committees.
    Jim Schwartz was appointed to the Finance Committee. Then two members swapped from Planning & Zoning and the Board of Adjustment.
    Temple Carter and Biff Newnam swapped places on the Planning & Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustments.
    Carter was the chairperson for Planning & Zoning, but recently took a job with the state causing a conflict as the commission works with the state. Therefore, Newnam —chairperson of the Board of Adjustments — agreed to change committees. Carter is now the chairperson of the Board of Adjustments until 2013; Newnam is now on Planning & Zoning until 2016.
    According to the town's website, there is one vacancy each on the Board of Adjustments, Ethics Commission, and Planning & Zoning Commission.
    Vacant building update
    Councilwoman Joanne Masten asked Town Manager Dave Hugg for an update on the vacant buildings on Smyrna-Clayton Boulevard.
    Hugg said the building at 404 Smyrna-Clayton Boulevard would be demolished relatively soon.
    The property at 431-437 Smyrna-Clayton Boulevard is still being evaluated, including the bids they recently received for demolition.
    "The owner is once again pleading for more time to make repairs to the building and fix it up," Hugg said.
    But Hugg said according to town lawyer Barrett Edwards, Smyrna has met all the legal requirements. "So we have no reason not to continue down the path we're on," Hugg said.
    Email Jennifer Dailey at jennifer.dailey@doverpost.com.

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