Lepanto City Council discusses unsightly property
Several unsightly properties topped the agenda for the Lepanto City Council Tuesday night. The council condemned one property and received updates on two others.
The council adopted an ordinance condemning a property at 100 Burton Street. The structure was destroyed by fire two years ago and is in close proximity to EPC High School, sitting across the street from the football field.
Mayor Steve Jernigan updated the council on two other properties in need of clean-up. One was a property at 104 Burton Street. He said as of two weeks ago, no probate had been filed on the property. Letters have been sent to two men who inherited the property from their mother, but they have not responded.
Letters have also been sent to the owner of 604 Kenwood Avenue. The yard is not being maintained and there was some question of how to collect the money owed if the city mows it. City Attorney Noyl Houston recommended sending the owner a bill, and giving him an opportunity to pay before pursuing further action.
Police Chief Chad Henderson gave an update regarding vandalism throughout the city. He said there had been some vandalism at the cemetery and some of the lights along Main Street had been damaged. He also said some juveniles had been arrested in connection with mailbox vandalism.
Chief Henderson also announced the city would participate in National Night Out this year. National Night Out will be in the city park from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5. The police will cook hot dogs and have activities for the kids. Everyone is invited. Chief Henderson said there was no National Night Out in Lepanto last year due to weather, but the year before they had a great turn out.
Chief Henderson also said the police department has applied for a General Improvement Fund grant of $67,000 for two new police cars, a Chevy Tahoe and a Dodge Charger.
In other business, the council:
*approved the Water Department audit.
*discussed a letter from three girls asking about the possibility of having a skating rink in town.
*went into executive session to discuss personnel. No action was taken.