Cave Spring Mayor Rob Ware discussed at a Thursday council work session the possibility of Forestar, a Texas-based company, drilling about 10 miles northwest of the city. Residents had previously expressed fear over contaminating the area’s water supply, and Ware met Wednesday with Floyd County leaders about Forestar’s plans.
“Nothing has been approved,” Ware said Thursday. “Their request has been sent back for further information.”
State approval is the first step, which is where Forestar’s plans currently sit, Ware said. However, Forestar must also gain approval from the Rome-Floyd Planning Commission. That’s where the mayor suggested Cave Spring officials would give their input.
The current zoning for the proposed drill site — in the area of Black’s Bluff and George roads — is agricultural/residential. It must be heavy industrial for drilling to occur, Ware said.
“Drilling is a non-permitted use in that area,” he added.
Ware also said at least 200 acres must be rezoned, otherwise it’s considered spot zoning.
If Forestar accomplished the rezoning, it would then appear before the Floyd County Commission for a special-use permit.
Ware said he knew of no contact Forestar had made with local officials.
“The county’s done all they can at this point,” he said.
In other matters, the council:
Discussed the issue of saying the Lord’s Prayer at council meetings. The council chose earlier this year to say the prayer, but tentatively agreed at its March work session to forego reciting it. City Attorney Zach Burkhalter said at that work session the council could say a prayer, though not one as specific as the Lord’s Prayer.
On Thursday Councilmember Peggy Allgood pointed out that there was no quorum at the previous work session. The council then unanimously voted to invite a representative from one of the town’s six churches to recite a prayer at each meeting.
Councilmembers present at the meeting were Allgood, Ken Landers and Nellie McCain.
Approved an alcohol license for Linde Wentz’s new restaurant, Linde Marie’s Steakhouse, which is scheduled to open April 17.
Responding to a question about her closing time, Wentz said she had no issue locking the doors at 10 p.m. Patrons already seated will be served, but Wentz will pour no alcohol after 10 p.m., she said.