City Council passed Ordinance 13 "as amended" after its second reading during Tuesday night's meeting. The ordinance sets a new truck route for traffic in and out of Morris Manufacturing.
They also discussed the possibility of giving Planning and Zoning Administrator Michele Driscoll more authority and privileges and what actions would be needed to do so. Many of her suggestions could be acted upon through amendments to existing ordinances and laws. City Attorney Eric Wyndham plans to keep looking into the situation.
In the meantime, Driscoll says she feels the city is "progressing" one property at a time.
Fire Chief Joe Bennett told the Council that this is the time of year the Fire Department will have to go out on more runs. Monday night, they were called out to a bad fire on SR 340, which was extinguished.
Police Chief Terry Harrison said that the Police Department took possession of its new cars and they should be getting painted sometime this week.
Councilman James Sheese brought up the fact that sidewalk construction does not seem to be going as planned. Mayor Kenny Crabb agreed, saying that in several places, Dennis Trucking has left 3 or 4 inches of space between many sidewalks and driveways. Crabb has received at least one from a citizen who turned his ankle in one of these areas, but added that Dennis Trucking is responsible to cover any costs.
Crabb also noted that the company began work in the east end and are now working on many sidewalks on the west end although sidewalks to the east are not even close to being complete. He added that he has called Dennis Trucking several times and he will continue to contact him with the city's concerns.
The Board of Works and Safety meeting directly followed the Council meeting. The Board voted to take action on one property with which Driscoll has been dealing. She was to contact the building inspector today to discuss the possibility of taking out both the house, which has burned, and the trailer, which appears to be used for storage, that are currently on the property.