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October 26, 2023

Council proclaims Jan. 13 as Korean American Day, approves zoning change request

Neha Nathwani
Coppell Mayor Wes Mays shakes hands with a member of the Korean Society of Dallas and Fort Worth during the official proclamation of Jan. 13 as Korean American Day in Coppell. Coppell City Council met Tuesday at Town Center.

At Tuesday’s Coppell City Council meeting, Mayor Wes Mays proclaimed Jan. 13 as Korean American Day in Coppell. 

With members of the Korean Society of Dallas and Fort Worth present at the meeting, Mays honored them for the culmination of their culture across the country and their contributions to North Texas. 

“The first Korean immigrants and their descendants have planted roots which have continued to thrive in the United States through hard work and strong families,” Mays said. “Their achievements and contributions can be seen in the economic strength, cultural diversity and in all facets of American life, including politics, industry, entrepreneurship, volunteerism, arts, education and in various branches.”

The council also approved a zoning change request by Irving resident Lisa Mehri, who recently built a home in Coppell. It was brought to attention by the Coppell Planning Department that Mehri’s home’s lot coverage exceeds the limit of 35% of the construction area as it takes up 54.3% instead.

Assistant planning director Matt Steer spoke on behalf of Mehri to ask the council to permit the 54.3% lot coverage. He explained it was not until the final inspection of the home that the planning department staff was alerted of the coverage requirement not being adhered to, and it was an oversight in the previous home inspections that led to the error.

Council member Mark Hill questioned the efficiency of the lot coverage requirements.

“Quite frankly, if it’s within the setbacks, I don’t understand why we even have a percentage lot coverage in the books,” Hill said. “It doesn’t make sense. If you have got your side yard, front yard, backyard, or however big the house is, it should be allowed. In my opinion, we ought to consider taking a look at this requirement down the road.”

In commemoration of the Coppell resident and runner Michael Higgins winning first place in the 2023 Antarctic Ice Marathon, the council declared Jan. 9 as Michael Higgins Appreciation Day. 

“Thank you guys for all your support,” Higgins said. “It was a real privilege for me to represent Texas in the marathon.”

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Sahasra Chakilam
Sahasra Chakilam, News Editor

Sahasra is a junior and the news editor of The Sidekick with an unwavering passion for reporting and writing. She’s a hardworking student at Coppell High School by day and an active media enthusiast by night. She loves to be outside, walking along scenic trails teeming with a multitude of wildlife. Otherwise, she’s biking through the roads of her neighborhood, enjoying the bountiful winds in Texas with her fellow friends. 

If not outdoors, she pursues her love of all media, ranging from TV shows to movies to music. She enjoys unwinding with her favorite humorous sitcoms like New Girl or Community or some of her favorite iconic movies, like Mamma Mia and La La Land. At other times, she prefers to broaden her horizons by exploring new movies and sharing her thoughts on them through reviews. You can also often find her at many indie and pop concerts, fully immersing herself in the atmosphere. She has a broad and diverse range of music she loves to listen to, ranging from Lana Del Rey to Tyler the Creator, but she is a big Swiftie at heart.

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Neha Nathwani
Neha Nathwani, Staff Writer
Neha Nathwani is a junior staff writer for The Sidekick. She is currently in Speech and Debate and DECA. She loves to listen to music and her favorite artists are Tyler, the Creator and Lana Del Rey. Although these are her favorites, she explores various genres and finds random artists to broaden her music taste. She collects vinyls and her favorite movies are Before Sunrise and La La Land. In her spare time, she enjoys reading tarot cards, taking pictures of sunsets with her friends and learning about astrology.

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