The Harker Heights Public Library has a new name.
The Harker Heights City Council on Tuesday approved the renaming of the library to honor former mayor Stewert C. Meyer who died in early January at the age of 91.
Meyer, who served as mayor from 1993 to 1997, played a pivotal role in making the city what it is today, friends and colleagues said.
Mayor Mike Aycock said he was especially moved by the gesture to name the library for Meyer. “This is one thing that is dear to my heart,” he said.
In other business, the council approved zoning changes to properties on the south side of Harker Heights to make room for duplexes, a town home, a machine shop and horses.
Two lots on Ramblewood Drive in the Wildwood Acres subdivsion were rezoned from an R1(M) one-family manufactured home dwelling district and a R1one-family dwelling district to R2 two-family dwelling districts, as recommended by the planning and zoning commission. A lot on Maplewood Drive was also rezoned from an R1 to an R2.
“Zoning in the general area is a combination of R1M, R2 and R1, and there are no flood zone conflicts in the area,” said Fred Morris, planning and development.
Bob Mitchell of Mitchell and Associations, representing Jamie Herring Custom Homes, said the duplex he plans to build on the Maplewood lot is consistent with the land use in the area.
“I think it will help the flavor of the neighborhood quite a bit,” he said.
A rectangular piece of property adjacent to Verna Lee Drive was rezoned to an RT-1 townhouse single-family dwelling district at the request of Chris Doose on behalf of the land owners, Joseph and Phyllis Dyson. Doose is building townhouses on property surrounding the lot.
“We’re basically looking to continue our townhome project; this will get us up to 16 front doors,” Doose said. “It makes sense to incorporate this because if we don’t it’s going to be landlocked.”
The council also approved the rezoning of a 5-acre piece of property on High Oak Drive from an R1 to an R1-R rural one-family dwelling district so the landowner, Matthew Donelon, can keep horses there.
“I acquired the property last summer,” Donelon said. “It’s had a riding corral and barn on it for well over 15 years prior to the annexation six years ago. I just want to get up to code.”
The former home of the Longhorn Saloon on Farm-to-Market 2410 was rezoned from an R1 to a B4 secondary and highway business district. The owner, Dinna Hamilton, plans to open a machine shop at the site.