Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson Discusses Truck Stop, Leash Laws And Other Issues From Thursday’s City Council Meeting [AUDIO]
On Friday's edition of Lubbock's First News, Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson spoke with Tom Collins and Laura Mac about last night's city council meeting.
One of the issues brought up at last night's city council meeting was a public hearing regarding a zoning change to allow the construction of a Love's Truck Stop off Interstate 27 and Regis Street. Despite a very emotional opposition from one citizen, Robertson and the rest of the council was in favor of the zoning change, voting to approve it 6-0. Robertson added that the truck stop would likely not have an adverse effect on the nearby neighborhood, and that it would be a good addition to an area of Lubbock that sorely needs the development.
"I voted for it because I think it's a very good idea for North Lubbock. It's a great 7 or 8 million dollar addition to a part of town that we've been screaming and yelling and really trying to figure out a way to get some activity...the same people that want to see stuff happen in North and East Lubbock, when it starts happening, they battle it. So, our job as a council is tough on a situation like this cause we have to weigh the interests of the business owner and the land owner versus the interests of the citizens that live near it."
Robertson added, in response to a caller's question, that the council always strives to balance the desires of incoming businesses with the desires of the citizens living there. The second vote on the zoning change will take place at the next city council meeting.
Another issue brought up at last night's meeting was a citizen request for dogs to be allowed off-leash at Tech Terrace park, which was voted down by the council. Robertson said that the dog issue is just one of many issues that have come up between the long-time residents of Tech Terrace and the Tech students, and that dog issue in particular is one that comes up quite frequently. Robertson also shared his thoughts on the contenders for the upcoming City Council elections.
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