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.
Oct 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 Nov 1 Friday Hours will be 6pm to 11:30pm Sat hours will be 4pm - 6pm Kid Friendly (no [...]
Oct 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31
Friday Hours will be 6pm to 11:30pm
Sat hours will be 4pm – 6pm Kid Friendly (no monsters)
Sat Hours will be 6pm – 11:30pm
Sun hours will be 6pm – 10pm
Tickets will be:
$10 per person for adults (non-discounted)
$8 per person for adults (discounted)
$5 per child 10 and under (non-discounted)
Presented by Kiwanis Club – Poplar Bluff MO and Kiwanis network of school aged children enrolled in Key Club, Builders Club, K Club and other eager volunteers – ALL hoping to survive the nightmares of Kinyon School. Poplar Bluff is coming at you in full force with the science, the urban legends, the slight of hand and of course monsters of all shapes and sizes.
Come join us for a month of weekends filled with ever-changing Spookiliciousness. And we do mean ever changing. Come one week and have fun. Come the next week, get your mind blown by how different it is now. Come another time and you’ll start to doubt your own ability to remember what is real and what isn’t. This school doesn’t teach anything anymore. ITS LEARNING FROM YOUR FEAR AND ITS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AT SHOWING YOU WHAT SCARES YOU MOST!
If you’re in school and want to participate – you must be a registered member of one of the Kiwanis groups this fall through the The Boys & Girls Club of Poplar Bluff called The Builders Club and K-Kids. High School students must be a member of Key Club. There will be lots of opportunities to be mentored as we build and design and promote this huge event opening the first weekend in October.
Watch for casting calls this summer for key players in the Haunted scenes. Lots of great ideas and warped “out of the box” thinking going on these days. We are all starting to feel a little mutant.
We’ll stay in touch. Even when you don’t know we’re there, heh heh – we’ll be there – silent but deadly!
October 4 (Saturday) 7:00 pm - November 1 (Saturday) 10:00 pm
Kinyon Kinyon School
910 Vine St, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901
Kiwanis Club - Poplar Bluff MO
The Grotto Presents:
The Haunted Grotto
October 24th thru 31st nightly open at 7pm.
Rain or Shine
3102 Kennedy Lane
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
24 (Friday) 7:00 pm - 31 (Friday) 10:00 pm
3102 Kennedy Lane Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Come join us for a ghostly fun time! Candy drop, haunted hayride, trunk or treat, haunted museum, haunted homestead, food, games, contests, vendors and more. Come help make this the [...]
(Friday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Doniphan Neighborhood Assistance Program