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New Rooftop Venue Approved

In other business Tuesday night, the City Council approved the addition of a rooftop deck at Mozambique restaurant, subject to proposed design changes.

In January, local resident Gary Hollon challenged the rooftop plan, claiming that the restaurant had not staked the proposed umbrellas, heaters and elevator shaft on the rooftop to allow neighbors to assess their impact on views.

Mozambique’s owner was directed to stake the rooftop to allow neighbors to assess the project’s impact before the council would take up appeals.

The owner has since revised the project’s plan by reducing the number of umbrellas to nine from 12, reducing the number of heaters to eight from 11 and relocating the elevator tower near an existing chimney. Additionally, the umbrellas will be in use only from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be removed out of sight when not in use.

Hollon said his view “is much improved” thanks to the changes, but reiterated concerns raised by others about enforcing the restricted use of the umbrellas. City officials are “heavily reliant” on citizen complaints for notice of non-compliance, city attorney Phil Kohn explained.

“I feel that view equity has been achieved,” said council member Steve Dicterow.

Separately, after interviewing six of the seven applicants for four openings on the Environmental Sustainability Committee the council selected George Basile, Catharine Cooper, Kristen Martin and Eric Sargeant to fill the spots. Both Martin and Sargeant are returning committee members.

Mayor Kelly Boyd, who last month announced his diagnosis of multiple myeloma, a form of bone cancer, made a proclamation to Thomas Swick of a local myeloma support group, that March is Myeloma Awareness Month.

Boyd said the disease, which is a cancer of the blood cells in the bone marrow, affects more than 100,000 people in the United States, including a growing number of people under 65, where it was previously considered a disease affecting only the elderly. He said that increased awareness is critical in achieving early diagnosis for a disease that as yet has no cure, adding that even those afflicted with the disease only learn of its existence at the time their diagnosis.

 

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