By LOU ANTONELLI
The Clarksville City Council Tuesday night granted Magnolia Brush Manufacturing a variance to the local fire code to facilitate the construction of a new warehouse.
General Manager Scott Adams asked for the variance at a new 47,000 square foot warehouse to be built at 1001 North Cedar Street.
Under current code, the new warehouse would require a sprinkler system, but he said the city’s water supply is inadequate. He asked for a variance to the sprinkler requirement.
The warehouse will be used for shipping, inventory and receiving and have a “limited number of employees,” said Adams.
He said with many doors plus one side of the building being composed of nothing but loading docks “there’s plenty of exits.”
He said he was making the request for the variance “because we want to move ahead and get the building built.”
Adams said the city attorney said location could be considered to be “grandfathered” because none of the other Magnolia warehouses have sprinklers and the new warehouse would still be less than 50 percent of the size of the entire complex.
Adams noted Magnolia has 94 employees. Council members approved the request for the variance unanimously.
“Thank you for continuing to invest in Clarksville,” said Mayor Ann Rushing. “We’re proud that you are so willing to expand.”
In other action at Tuesday’s meeting, the council:
* Approved paying Pender Water Wells of Texarkana for Well #5 repairs.
* Approved the Clarksville EDC's recommendation to reimburse $25,000.00 to the Tourism Committee for wayfinding signage fabrication and installation, and finding a public purpose is met in the promotion of the City for economic development.
* Approved a resolution proclaiming October 23-31, 2018 as Red Ribbon Week.
* Approved a resolution proclaiming November 5-9, 2018 as Municipal Court Week
* Approved an ordinance fixing Water and Sewer Rates at the same rates as the preceding year.
* Approve the Clarksville Economic Development 2018-19 Budget.