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While the focus has been on a need for space for Lakeland’s middle and high school students, Lakeland Elementary will be at or near capacity in three years, as indicated by numbers put together last Spring by Lakeland School System Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell and based on a 4.75% rate of growth for the municipality’s student population. Once Lakeland Prep is opened, the approximately 180 Lakeland students currently zoned for Donelson Elementary in Arlington will return to Lakeland Elementary. As of August 25, Lakeland Elementary, with a capacity of 1050 students (including two portables) had an enrollment of 843 students according to Horrell.

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Arlington_Logo_color_FAAt the first Arlington Community Schools Board meeting after the  first day of school on August 4, the message was that, overall, things are going well.

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Map of Proposed Rezoning for BE Business Entertainment Zoning District Properties

Map of Proposed Rezoning for BE Business Entertainment Zoning District Properties

Mayor and Board of Aldermen Meeting

On-Premise Beer Sales Expanded

By a four to three vote, the Mayor and Board of Alderman eliminated zoning restrictions on the on-premise sale of beer in the Town of Arlington on Monday, August 4. Voting for Ordinance 2014-07 were Aldermen Glen Bascom, Oscar Brooks, Brian Thompson, and Mayor Mike Wissman. Voting against were Aldermen Gerald McGee, Harry McKee, and Jeff McKee.

A hotly contested issue in the weeks leading up to the meeting, this decision  lifts the previously restriction of on-premise beer sales to Business Entertainment (BE) and B3 zoning districts.  Effective immediately,  this change permits on-premise beer permits in all commercial zoning districts where restaurants are allowed. “Neighborhood Restaurants,” or those with 39 or fewer seats are restricted from beer sales, however.

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wine & food

Local voters will decide if wine will be sold in retail food stores through public referendums in Arlington and Lakeland.

According to lobby group Red, White, and Food, enough valid signatures have been collected from Arlington voters for a referendum permitting the the sale of wine in retail food stores to be on the November ballot. Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman confirmed earlier today that the question will be put before the town’s voters on November 4. If approved, bottles of wine could appear in a local grocery store as early as June 2016.

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“Based on the agreement we have with Arlington for our high school students to be educated there, the need for a facility in Lakeland has made itself ever present.  I believe that without starting today effectively that trek towards building this school, we set Lakeland up to fail in the future.”
 

Commissioner Gene Torrey, sponsor of the ordinance establishing a special property tax, spoke the above words in introducing a presentation by Lakeland School System Superintendent Ted Horrell on “The Case for Additional Facilities.”

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