A handful of voters in Elberta will be able to vote locally in the 2016 election cycle now that the Baldwin County Commission approved a voting precinct change at its regular meeting Tuesday morning in Bay Minette.
Currently there are eight Elberta residents who live inside the town’s corporate limits but are assigned to a voting precinct at the community center in neighboring Lillian. The commission approved a resolution to realign voting district lines in Lillian and Elberta so the residents — who live along U.S. 98, Baldwin County Road 87 and Schoen Road in Elberta — will be able to vote at the Elberta Civic Center.
In a Nov. 4 letter to commissioners, Board of Registrars Chair Patsy Clark said all eight affected voters supported the measure, saying it would make voting a greater convenience for them. In the resolution, the County Commission claims it has the sole authority to change the configuration, boundaries or designation of voting precincts in Baldwin County.
“We are just moving some folks from one precinct into another so they can more easily vote in the Elberta municipal election,” Commissioner Chris Elliott said. “Currently, some of the folks voting in the Elberta elections have to go over to Lillian to vote, and we want to make sure voting is as easy as possible for all our residents.”
In other business, the commission approved a zoning change to allow Silverhill resident Alisa Faulkner to maintain a home-based landscaping business on Wilson Road in the Riverside Farms subdivision. The measure will change the 5.07 parcel’s zoning designation from single family estate to rural district, which will allow for a home-based business on the property.
“The applicant has had a successful business in Baldwin County for years, and this property is conducive to a home-based business, but current regulations don’t allow it,” Planning Director Vince Jackson said. “This is a nice subdivision, but there are other existing home-based businesses in place since before the current zoning was adopted.”
According to approved minutes from the Planning Commission’s Oct. 1 meeting, all work related to the landscaping business will be performed off site. Faulkner owns a landscaping business in Fairhope and recently relocated to the home on Wilson Road.
She plans to keep landscaping equipment — two trucks, trailers, mowers and hand tools — in a metal barn on the property, where her employees will pick up and drop off equipment on work days.
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