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Clay City residents approach council with property concerns

Friday, September 7, 2007

CLAY CITY -- Tensions flared slightly Thursday evening at the Clay City Town Council meeting.

Several residents attended the meeting and openly questioned the three council members regarding several residential homes that were not cooperating with town ordinance 2005-3.

The ordinance states the town will regulate weeds and high grass within town boundaries. According to the ordinance, weeds and tall grass may not grow more than eight inches.

Residential homes that have weeds or grass more than eight inches in height typically receive a letter from town attorney Chris Gambill. The resident is then given seven days to comply with the ordinance.

If a resident does not comply with the ordinance, the town may fine the resident $50.

"I'd say we average about two letters per month," Gambill said Thursday.

Board president Tammy Wilson agreed with several of the residents' complaints about certain properties within the town's boundaries, and motioned to have some cleaned up by town employees.

The motion received a second and voted 3-0 to clean up one specific property, stating that the town would place a lien on the property if the fine is not paid.

Meanwhile, the board unanimously voted in favor of having the Rogers Group, Bloomington, pave streets in town at an estimate of $24,150.

The town will have the company pave Forest St. to 7th St., and an alley between 7th and 8th streets.

In other news, the board:

* Approved the 2008 budget at an estimate of $301,468.

* Learned the town back hoe is up and running again after the purchase of a new battery.

* Unanimously voted to allocate $1,100 for the town election board. The money will go to pay for salaries for workers and for meals.

* Approved a motion to pay $17,496.56 to Midwestern and $201,476 to Small-Wilson for monthly work on the town's new wastewater treatment facility.

* Changed banks. The town council agreed to move general, water and sewage funds from Harris Bank to First Financial Bank after learning it was getting charged for deposits.

* Approved a measure for the town marshal to purchase decals for one police vehicle and to purchase a television and DVD-VCR combo player.

* Received a log of activities from the Clay City Police Department for the month, which included 22 calls to assist outside agencies, five accidents, 13 criminal investigations, one criminal arrest, seven civil complaints, 10 domestic complaints, eight dog complaints, 13 grass ordinance warnings, five junk vehicle warnings, eight parking warnings, three traffic arrests, 17 traffic warnings, eight traffic citations, six thefts and six juvenile incidents.

The board meets regularly on the first Thursday of each month at town hall. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Oct. 4.

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