A local developer received approval Monday from the Carrollton City Council to move forward with building an apartment complex.

Paul Kemper had applied and worked with the city's planning and zoning committee to construct two apartment buildings on Gillock Avenue. Plans show eight apartment units and two townhouses in each building for a total of 20 units in the two buildings.

"It's a very nice development," Carrollton Mayor Gene McMurry said.

Kemper worked with planning and zoning officials to address drainage and utililties issues before receiving approval.

A public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 4 before the next city planning and zoning meeting as the next step in the process.

Also during the meeting, Carroll County businessman Lucas Dunaway presented information about his senior living facility, River Reed Assisted Living Community at 601 Hawkins St.

Dunaway said he has nearly seven years of senior living experience and was looking for another location when he found the property in Carroll County.

"I guess you could say it was fate that brought me to Carrollton," Dunaway said.

The River Reed Assisted Living facility has 11 apartments for seniors, and up to 13 residents may live in the facility if a married couple might choose to live together in an apartment space.

Dunaway explained the assisted living facility provides help to seniors, but the facility does not have extensive nursing facilities. Residents are allowed to drive and be active. Three meals are prepared for residents, plus laundry and cleaning services are available at the facility.

"It's kind of like living in a resort," Dunaway said.

Unlike a nursing home, the assisted living facility is not covered by Medicare or Medicaid.  Yet veterans and their spouses may be eligible for the "Aid and Attendance Benefit," which helps with the costs of assisted living centers, he said.

In other business:

• Dennis Raisor and Jerilyn Zapp from Raisor, Zapp & Woods of Carrollton presented the city's and Carrollton Utilities' annual audits. Council members unanimously approved the audits.

• Council members unanimously approved a request to use Point Park for a Carroll County Senior Event on Sept. 11-12.

• Carroll County Tourism Director Rhonda Riley reported on a travel show in Columbus, Ohio, that the group attended. Nearly 11,000 people attended the three-day event.

Riley said the group is preparing for a travel show in Indianapolis.

• Carrollton Police Chief Michael Willhoite reported that the dispatch center is running well since its upgrade. The department continues to try to fill a vacant dispatch communications position.

• Main Street Manager Sam Burgess presented possible signage options for "Welcome" signs at the Carrollton city limits.

• Council members accepted the resignation of Lois Robbins from the city's design and review board. The council unanimously approved the appointment of Wanda Wren to serve the remainder of Robbins' term on the board.

• Carroll County Schools will be in session on Feb. 18 to make up for a snow day.