Controversial Rezoning Proposal Moves To Public Hearing

By Kayla Moody

Published 07/07 2014 10:36PM

Updated 07/07 2014 10:40PM

In Webster County, Sebree City Council unanimously votes to delay further discussion on a controversial rezoning proposal until a public hearing takes place. City Hall had standing room only Monday evening as more than 60 people crowded in hoping to talk about the proposal.

Councilman Mike Moser abstained from the vote because he's the developer of the project in question. The $1.5 million plan calls for more than 30 apartments to be constructed near Highway 56 and Sellers Street.

People who live near the proposed apartment site say they have lots of questions about the project, particularly what the clientèle will be like.

Ernest Margelot is among those supporting the development. He says it would help increase the city's tax base.

"I think it's time that people in the community forget personal feelings, bigotry and so forth and look at what is best for the city and not just individuals," said Margelot.

Councilman Moser declined to answer any questions from Eyewitness News after the meeting. The public hearing will be Thursday, July 24 at 6 p.m. City officials say it will be held at Sebree Elementary School if the school is available. The Council is seeking a bigger venue to accommodate the large audience expected at the hearing.

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