City council delays action on oil, gas proposal
By Tim Farley, News Editor
Piedmont’s city council postponed action on two key proposals involving oil and gas restrictions and chickens in residential areas.
Council members had met in two work sessions on the oil and gas topic but apparently it wasn’t enough to pass a new ordinance. Before Monday’s council meeting, the panel had agreed in a work session to use 700 feet as a setback requirement for oil and gas wells.
However, that was changed Monday. Now, the council wants to amend the proposed ordinance by allowing land owners and the oil company to reach an agreement on drilling if the well is 350 to 700 feet from the property line.
If the wellhead is more than 700 feet from the property line, the oil company’s permit would automatically be approved, City Manager Jason Orr said. [Read More]
Former Piedmont fire chief Lofgren laid to rest
Former Piedmont Fire Chief Rick Lofgren was laid to rest Wednesday after battling a disease the last few weeks that affected his brain and spine.
Lofgren, who spent 30 years as a public servant, served as Piedmont’s chief from 1985 until his retirement. Prior to that, he was deputy chief for eight years. He joined the department in 1969.
Former Mayor John Bickerstaff remembered Lofgren as a “professional, dedicated fire chief.”
“He had the best interests of the department at heart. He was always working to upgrade the equipment and making it a better facility for every...[Read More]