Dayton manages election affairs and sets aside zoning matter

On Monday night, the council in Dayton gathered to discuss the May 6 election results and other related matters. The council approved the election outcomes and swore in the winners, including incumbent councilman John Headrick and newcomer Harry Barnes, Jr.

Barnes took over the seat previously held by outgoing council member Sherial Lawson, who was recognized for her service by Mayor Martin Mudd. A runoff election was ordered for June 15 between the top two candidates in the Position 2 race, as neither candidate received a majority in the May 6 contest.

The meeting also focused on a request to rezone a 5.65-acre property near the Grand Parkway and FM 1413. The property was proposed to be changed from General Commercial to Suburban Residential, an endorsement from city staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Some council members, including Headrick, voiced concerns about changing the property’s designation to residential given its proximity to the Grand Parkway. Headrick believed that the commercial classification reflected a forward-looking approach, especially considering its accessibility to important intersection points.

After discussing this issue further, the council decided to table it for a future meeting and adjourned. This marked the beginning of their new term and addressed important issues related to recent election results.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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