Marked Tree council talks yards

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Marked Tree City Council continued their discussion regarding what to do about residents who do not maintain their lawns at this week's meeting.

Mayor Michael Scott told the council he asked the Municipal League for clarification on the issue and was directed to a pamphlet, which he copied for the council's review. According to City Attorney Mike Dabney, the two types of sanctions the city can pursue in situations where people do not keep up maintenance of their property are putting a lien on the property and fining the property owner.

The council discussed amending the current ordinance on property maintenance to include a higher fine, possibly raising the fine from $25 a day to $100 or more in an effort to encourage action from property owners. Dabney was unsure if there is a state maximum for fines.

Alderman Shane Glenn said he was in favor of raising the fine in the hope some property owners might turn their property over to the city if the fine got high enough. Glenn said the city could then follow West Memphis' example and get grants to tear down the dilapidated houses. The council will look at modifying the ordinance at next month's meeting.

In other business, the council:

*heard an update from Tina Crockett regarding a construction of a kitchen area added onto her daycare building, which is owned by the city. Crockett gave the council two estimates and will submit the plans to the state Department of Health for approval.

*approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to accept a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to install two Precision Approach Path Indicators and a new primary install lighted wind cone at the Marked Tree Municipal Airport.

*approved a resolution updated the city's hazard mitigation plan.

*approved using the armory to store important documents. The documents were being stored in a shed with leak problems.

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