Marked Tree to start enforcing ordinance on unsightly property
After more discussion about unkept lawns and unsightly conditions on property, the Marked Tree City Council agreed the ordinance currently on the books needs to be enforced.
Last month, there had been talk of raising the fee for violating the ordinance, but the council decided to keep the fee of not less than $25 after 20 days notice.
Interim Mayor Michael Scott said several letters have been sent out to people who are not performing upkeep of their property and some citizens had taken it upon themselves to mow unkept property next to theirs. "Trying to trace down the correct address or the correct person to contact has been our problem," Scott said.
City Clerk Pam Wright said she would like to see the city start fining people, and the council agreed.
As far as tearing down condemned houses, many agreed the city does not have the money or the manpower. Alderman Shane Glenn asked about grants available to tear down condemned houses, but Scott said the city has to have the money up front, and the grant reimburses the city after the work has been done. "I know what needs to be done, but I don't have a solution. I hate to say that," Scott said. "You're looking at $5-10,000 to tear down a house."
In other business, the council:
*discussed the flooding situation across town. Glenn said the culverts need to be replaced and brought up to a different height because they can't drain their capacity. He suggested the city check on the availability of federal grants to help.
*approved two resolutions related to a Federal Aviation Administration Grant of $171,000 the city received to improve the airport. One resolution authorizes hiring Garver Engineers for airport improvements. The other resolution authorizes the city to accept a bid from Broadway Electric to install precision approach path indicators and a windcone at the airport, as recommended by Garver Engineers.
*discussed entering a use agreement with a local group wanting to purchase Carver Gym from the city. Wright and City Attorney Mike Dabney said they would research use agreements and bring their findings to the council. Also, a representative of the group wanting to buy the gym will come speak to the council about their plans.
*approved an ordinance waiving competitive bidding and authorizing Gillis Construction to repair the roof of the Marked Tree Senior Center for and estimate of $12,875.
*hired Derek Hisaw as a patrolman.