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Brandon to gain more storage units
By By Alica P. Thiele
Challenger reporter

April 29. 2014 10:59AM
The Brandon City Council last week opened the door to more storage units in the Brandon Industrial Park. With a unanimous vote, the Council passed a first reading that would change the zoning of James Engelien’s land at 801 N. Ninth Ave. from general business to heavy industrial.

Plans Engelien filed with the city show an 11-stall structure. His application says he also plans to add shop space and a warehouse to the land where he owns Brandon Wood Preservers.

In a complementary move, the Council also approved a change from general business to heavy industrial in a first reading of Steve Hanselman’s property at 901 E. Birch Street, directly north of Engelien’s property. Storage units already occupy that property in a nonconforming use.

City Administrator Bryan Read said that if Engelien’s property was rezoned and Hanselman’s not, then Hanselman’s land essentially would be spot zoning.

The Brandon Planning & Zoning Commission had recommended a “do pass” on both rezoning requests. The Council will hold a second reading at their May 4 regular meeting.

The Council made a change in the Corson Development Park. North Tower Tech Avenue now will be called North Plum Avenue.

“I believe we are changing it because Tower Tech is no longer the owner of the property,” Alderwoman Barb Fish said.

Assistant City Administrator Dennis Olson said the move was a matter of housekeeping.

“Actually the action was taken two years ago, but it was never filed with the county,” he said.

The Council’s second reading of Ordinance 515 also was a matter of housekeeping, to more-specifically identify who is exempt from needing a contractor’s license to work on a construction project in Brandon. People who do own construction work on their own property don’t need a contractor’s license, and neither do their immediate family members who help them. The new ordinance defines immediate family member as child, step-child, parent, step-parent, sibling, uncle, aunt, grandchild or grandparent.

Another piece of regular business at last week’s meeting was less business and more social, as Mayor Larry Beesley read proclamations urging residents to participate in the 48th Loyalty Day Parade May 4, and to buy Buddy Poppies to support disabled veterans. The annual event is sponsored by Brandon VFW Post 4726 and its auxiliary, with Brandon American Legion Post 318 and its auxiliary, and Brandon Edge as co-sponsors.
This year’s parade will assemble at the high school at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., the parade will commence west on Holly Boulevard to Main Avenue. It will continue south on Main to Dogwood Street, where parade participants will disperse.

Brandon VFW member Kenny Kuhnert will be this year’s parade marshal. He was on hand at last week’s city council meeting to hand out Buddy Poppies in return for donations to veterans’ concerns.

In his proclamation, Beesley urged everyone in Brandon to display the American flag on Loyalty Day, May 4.

Ken Kuhnert of the Brandon VFW Three Rivers Post 4726 takes donations for Buddy Poppiess from Brandon Council members, Barb Fish and Mindy Hansen. VFW members will also sell poppies at Sunshine Foods and Brandon Ace on Saturday, May 3, the day before the Loyalty Day parade and celebration. Photo by Alica P. Thiele

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