Marked Tree Council reschedules due to lack of quorum

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Marked Tree City Council did not have enough aldermen present during Monday night's regularly scheduled meeting and have rescheduled their April meeting for 6 p.m. on Monday, April 24. In order to vote on items, the council needs at least six of its eight members present. There were only five members present with Steve Craig, Jerry Jones, and Danny Johnson absent.

Though they didn't vote on anything Monday night, they did hear from Tom Rhoads, who was on the agenda to speak. Rhoads brought up three issues she wanted the council to address. First was the need for a handicap ramp on the end of Frisco Street near Poinsett Cafe and Linda's Flowers. She said a lot of seniors visit businesses on that end of the street, but the only handicap ramp is on the other end of the block near the gym. Second, she asked about the city's plans for selling Mike McCullar the vacant lot adjacent to Poinsett Cafe.

Regarding these two items, City Clerk Pam Wright said McCullar was on the agenda to discuss the selling of the vacant lot and that once he buys the property and completes his work, there should be room for the city to put in a handicap ramp near where Rhoads pointed out.

The third item Rhoads brought up was the burned out trailer on Brigance Avenue near the sports complex and the tall grass in the area, which she said would promote snakes and rodents. Police Chief Michael Matlock said they were almost there on getting the property cleaned up. According to Matlock, the process had stalled because the owner was incarcerated for a few months, but the owner is now out of jail and is in the process of signing the property over to his uncle. The uncle, Matlock said, told him that as soon as the property was in his name, he would have it cleaned up in a day and a half. Matlock said he had talked to the uncle personally but was not sure of the timetable on getting the property signed over.

Wright also pointed out that last month's passage of an ordinance using a portion of the sales tax for cleaning up dilapidated properties will help with situations like this in the future. Two other ordinances she said would help were on the agenda for that night and will be voted on at the rescheduled meeting. They were an ordinance for condemning and removing buildings declared a nuisance and an ordinance requiring properties be kept free from tall grass, weeds, garbage, and other unsightly articles. Wright said the old ordinances pertaining to these situations could not be found, so new ones were being brought before the council.

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