By Patrick Yost
The Rutledge City Council last Thursday approved a 120 day moratorium on any building within the city limits that would require a re-zoning hearing.
According to Rutledge Mayor Bruce Altznauer the council, at a special called meeting on Thursday, June 6, approved a moratorium that would halt building permits to be issued for the construction of “townhouse, apartments and condominiums where any application would require a re-zoning application.”
Altznauer said the city was adopting the moratorium, which will last “no more than 120 days” based recommendations from the Morgan County Planning Department. Altznauer said the county is reviewing its ordinance on multi-family structures and would offer changes for Rutledge. “They want to tighten up ours and others,” he said.
The council also approved a motion to move forward with the purchase of the new city hall from the Bank of Madison. Currently, Altznauer said, the city is in a two year lease with the Bank of Madison paying $2,000 per month. The council approved a motion for Altznauer to begin looking at ways for the city to purchase the building at a $350,000 price.
The mayor said that since the city has stopped an average $5,000 per month purchase of water from the city of Madison since the city’s new well has been in operation, the savings has freed up funds to entertain purchasing the commercial structure.
“It’s a win-win for us and the Bank of Madison,” he said.