BY LISA WARREN
The Mosheim Planning Commission on Thursday evening recommended for approval an amendment to the town's ordinance that regulates methadone treatment clinics and pain clinics.
This amendment would bring the Town of Mosheim's ordinance regarding such facilities in line with the State of Tennessee's newly-enacted definition and licensing regulations concerning this type of clinic, according to First Tennessee Development District planner Rebecca Ketchie, who serves as the new planning adviser for the Town of Mosheim.
"This [amendment] brings your definition in line with the state's definition," Ketchie explained.
The amendment also adds "suboxone' to the town's methadone treatment-facility definition, she added.
"I think [the amendment] just cleans up the ordinance and keeps it current," Ketchie said.
Both methadone and suboxone are synthetic opiad drugs used to treat patients with addiction to heroin or other opiates.
Such treatment facilities are utilized by patients who are being treated with methadone or suboxone for their opiate dependency.
The amendment will now go before the Mosheim Board of Mayor and Aldermen for consideration.
Also during Thursday's meeting, the Mosheim Planners discussed proposed provisions for the adoption of an ordinance to regulate the keeping of certain animals and livestock within the Mosheim town limits.
The proposed ordinance would be aimed largely at animals such as swine, fowl or livestock that may create "nuisance conditions" for residents or businesses.
During the meeting, Ketchie provided the planners with an example of an animal regulation ordinance currently in place by the Town of Bulls Gap.
After review and discussion, the planners asked that Ketchie make certain revisions and provide a revised copy back to the commission for further review and consideration.
The purpose of such an ordinance is not to affect responsible animal-owners, Vice Mayor Tommy Gregg said, but rather to address problems such as noise, odor or other nuisance issues related to the keeping of animals that may cause problems for businesses and residential areas.
ROAD MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITY?
In other matters, the Mosheim Planners held a discussion related to road maintenance concerns that have been raised by Greene County Road Superintendent David Weems.
Weems, who was not present at Thursday's meeting, has expressed concern regarding a small strip of Cherokee Boulevard that has homes annexed by Mosheim on either side.
Weems has questioned if it is legal for Mosheim to leave that portion of the road to Greene County for maintenance when property on both sides belongs to the town.
Vice Mayor Tommy Gregg said he does not feel that the Town of Mosheim should be responsible for roadways that are outside the town's corporate limits.
Ketchie said she would further research the matter.
BUSINESS DISTRICT ZONING
Also during the meeting, the planners held further discussions related to possible changes to the town's zoning that would limit building residential homes in certain districts -- unless the home in a non-residential district is built as a single-family residence for the property-owner.
The commission asked that Ketchie look at similar ordinances in other towns and draft a rewrite to Mosheim's current business district zoning to reflect those concerns.
No further action was taken on the matter.