Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

December 13, 2013

Council authorizes changes at ACCESS facility, appoints new KJB members

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — The Jacksonville City Council  this week authorized a zoning change for a former field house on the campus of the now-defunct Lon Morris College to be used by Anderson Cherokee Community Enrichment Services as a clinic and office to provide  outpatient services to people suffering from mental illness or intellectual disabilities.

The design and construction of this clinic and office in the 1011 College Avenue property by ACCESS will include the removal and relocation of internal non-load bearing walls, electrical connections in all offices and waiting areas and computer drops in offices, reports show.

The gym will be converted into office spaces, and a meeting room and two parking areas are expected to be created.

Ted Debbs, executive director of ACCESS, submitted the proposed change to the council. City Manager Mo Raissi said the city's planning and zoning commission held two hearings on the matter before passing it forward to the council with a favorable recommendation. The council unanimously authorized it at the Tuesday evening meeting.

In other business, several people were both appointed and reappointed to the "Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Committee" the local body embracing community pride and area beautification.

Mayor Kenneth Melvin reappointed Debbie Kerzee, and District 4 Councilwoman Ann Chandler reappointed Emily Morrow.

District 2 Councilman Jeff Smith appointed Bobby Durham to the committee and District 1 Council member Hubert Robinson is expected to name an appointment next month.

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce reappointed Byron Underwood and Sandy Minter to this committee.

In a final matter at the meeting, the council unanimously approved transferring $100,000 from the city's sanitation fund to the general fund for capital projects and $300,000 from the utility fund to the utility fund for capital projects, Raissi confirmed.