For several months I’ve heard from contractors and City employees about the apartments being constructed outside the city limits on Hwy W. Most I’ve spoken to have indicated that the buildings do not meet Poplar Bluff building codes.
The owners of the property, Gill Family Properties from Dexter, have built three townhouses and have plans for a total of 12 buildings in the subdivision. The townhouses are very nice looking and quality rental properties are always a plus for a growing community.
Outside the city limits, no licenses are required for builders, plumbers, electricians, etc., and no inspections are made of the property. So buildings can be built much cheaper using non-certified workers to pull electrical cable, install outlets and electrical panels, run plumbing pipes, and the like.
From conversations I have had with City employees, the city planner, Dennis Avery, is aware that these buildings do not meet City code. But did Avery share any of those details with Planning and Zoning? Not to my knowledge.
Two weeks ago, I called and spoke to City Inspector, Scott Stone. Asked if the Gill Properties would be inspected once they were annexed, he said, no, they might check the width of the hallways for the fire department but other than that they really don’t do inspections on buildings annexed into the city.
I asked the inspector whether they could inspect it since Municipal Utilities is providing power to the site. He said that they can only inspect it up to the meter if it is outside the city limits.
I don’t really blame the Gill Family for using the lack of codes to their advantage. It is probably a very wise business decision. I stopped my investigation once I found out that on May 9th, the Gill Family requested annexation of the property. I felt it was a dead story since all of the remaining buildings would be inspected and built to code.
But yesterday’s DAR stated the request for annexation was only for only the three completed buildings not the entire subdivision of 12 lots. The DAR reported that when asked why Gill was not seeking a zoning classification and annexation for the entire site, Chad Gill replied “We don’t know how many we are going to build.”
Why, Mr. Avery, did you not inform Planning and Zoning that there could be another reason for the partial zoning & annexation request?
I have friends inside City Hall and while I was investigating this story I was informed that Dennis Avery had said that the Gill apartments were off limits because they were “friends of Bagby.” Oh, now we know why Mr. Avery didn’t speak up….
I think the city should consider changing their ordinances to include a few ways to protect their citizens. If you want the benefits of the City’s power, water and sewer then your buildings need to be built to City’s codes.
After graduating from Mizzou with Computer and Electrical Engineering degrees in 1985, Brian Becker spent a decade singing Christian Rock and being a labeled artist with Benson Music Group of Nashville. In 1995, he and several investors started the area's first Internet Service called PBMO.net and by 2000 the company was serviing Internet access in over 50 communities throughout Southeast Missouri as SEMO.net. In July 2014, Becker again made a major pivot and became Publisher of the SEMO TIMES: a weekly print and daily online news and entertainment source for the region.
PG-13 1h 41m - Sci-Fi/Comedy Reviews - 6.4/10 - IMDb The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his [...]
1h 41m – Sci-Fi/Comedy
Reviews – 6.4/10 – IMDb
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.
Release date: August 8, 2014 (USA)
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Producers: Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller, Galen Walker, Ian Bryce, Scott Mednick
Production companies: Nickelodeon Movies, Platinum Dunes
Screenplay: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Evan Daugherty
1h 40m – Sci-Fi/Adventure
Reviews – 5.9/10 – IMDb | 49%-Rotten Tomatoes
Tuck, Munch and Alex are a trio of inseparable friends whose lives are about to change. Their neighborhood is being destroyed by a highway construction project that is forcing their families to move away. But just two days before they must part ways, the boys begin receiving a strange series of signals on their phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they team up with another school friend, Emma, and set out to look for the source of their phone signals. What they discover is something beyond their wildest imaginations: a small alien who has become stranded on Earth. In need of their help, the four friends come together to protect the alien and help him find his way home. This journey, full of wonder and adventure, is their story, and their secret.
Release date: July 2, 2014 (USA)
Director: David Green
Production company: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Screenplay: Henry Gayden
Producers: Ryan Kavanaugh, Andrew Panay
(Friday) 7:00 pm
21 Drive-In Theatre
5 miles north on Hwy 21 from Hwy 60
PG-13 1h 29m - Action/Disaster Film In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an [...]
1h 29m – Action/Disaster Film
In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.
Release date: August 8, 2014 (USA)
Director: Steven Quale
Music composed by: Brian Tyler
Producer: Todd Garner
Cast: Richard Armitage
Production companies: New Line Cinema, Village Roadshow Pictures
(Friday) 7:00 pm
Pine HIlls Drive-In Theater
2 miles East of Piedmont on Hwy. 34