By Bill Short
The Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved agreements with the owner and prospective developer of a non-residential subdivision on Highway 51.
Board members took the action during their March 15 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Mike Caruthers and seconded by Alderman Bethany Huffman.
The motion was passed by five affirmative votes, with Aldermen Larry Dagen and Hank Hawkins absent.
The city has received agreements from the developer, Memphis Restaurant Holdings LLC, and the Ray family, owner of a 4.44-acre tract zoned B-2, General Commercial, that it desires to divide into three lots.
The developer has purchased Lot No. 2, on which it plans to construct a Zaxby’s restaurant. But it will also maintain a bond to cover public improvements on all three lots until the work is completed.
Upon approval by City Attorney Charles Perkins, either Mayor Terry Jones or City Manager Ed Haley will be authorized to sign the agreements and any related documents.
During discussion shortly before the vote, City Finance Director John Trusty noted that the subdivision development agreements cover all three lots, including road frontage.
“This is just one more example of the development that we’re seeing coming into Millington at this point,” he said. “And I think it’s a very positive item.”
In response to a question by Alderman Thomas McGhee, Haley recalled a discussion they had regarding the absence of street lighting in the area of the proposed subdivision. But he said that would not be included unless it was part of the public improvements.
“We can address that,” Haley acknowledged. “We may have to pay for it differently. But that’s not a part of this development.”
City Engineer Jason Dixon said the agreements only provide for sidewalks, curbs and gutters on both sides. Street lighting is not included in them.
Calling that an “issue,” McGhee said that when he raised it as a “concern,” he was told it would be addressed by the developer of the parcel. If that is not the case, he said, it still needs to be addressed on some “basis.”
“I would hate to see the developer have to do that,” Caruthers said. “We should do it at this point.”
“If we haven’t talked to them about it,” McGhee concurred, “it’s going to be hard to inject it now.”
Dixon said he will obtain a cost estimate from Memphis Light, Gas & Water for street lighting in that section and present a report to Haley and the board.