Norfolk City Council Briefs 11/6

NORFOLK — A resolution to a dispute between neighbors in the Deer Hollow neighborhood west of Norfolk was not reached at Monday night’s Norfolk City Council meeting.

Alvin G. Beckman applied for a conditional use permit to operate a commercial dog kennel at his residence on West Benjamin Avenue. Neighbors John and Karen Dopheide appealed the awarding of the permit because it violates their neighborhood’s protective covenant.

Here’s their attorney David Copple:

“The protective covenants say they can up to five (dogs) but they can’t have more than that,” Copple said. “Most importantly, the protective covenants say you cannot have commercial enterprises (in the subdivision.”

Copple and the Dopheides threatened to take the matter to court if the City Council didn’t take affirmative action in denying the permit.

Beckman and his attorney Tim Brogan said the argument presented by the Dopheides doesn’t belong in the City Council.

“That is not the role nor the responsibility of the City of Norfolk,” Brogan said. “The role of the City of Norfolk is to remain compliant with its codes and regulations.”

The Council decided to table the matter so they had more time to review the about 90 pages worth of information they were given on the topic.

The Council also approved the Ballantyne Buildings Redevelopment Plan, awarded the contract for the Victory Road sidewalk trail, approved the Mayor’s appointment of Steve Rames to City Engineer and Public Works Director and discussed the 2017 Snow Plan.

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