Town Council moves forward with ordinance project
CENTER POINT -- On Tuesday, an official with American Legal Publishing Corp., met with the Center Point Council to discuss the possibility of codifying the town's ordinances.
In recent meetings, town attorney Eric Somheil has discussed the issue with council members.
According to its website, American Legal Publishing Corp., based in Cincinnati, "provides a wide range of services to municipalities and organizations of all sizes, including ordinance codification and supplementation, CD-ROM publishing, Internet hosting, document imaging and more."
The company has existed since 1934.
Codification of ordinances helps local governments and town residents read town laws easier. It also helps with referencing ordinances set up by local governments.
Company consultant Joseph P. McDonough met with town officials Tuesday to further explain the ordeal.
In essence, the town's ordinances would be organized neatly in a book for the council and town residents.
The book would include a cover page, table of contents, body of code, ordinances, an index and more.
McDonough also said the process would include a disc for town officials.
Council members discussed the cost of the process, which was estimated at approximately $3,700, and then asked Town Clerk/Treasurer Roger Campbell if the town could afford such a measure.
Campbell asked McDonough if the town could pay in installments. It was determined the town could pay for the process in three installments if needed, if the town elected to move forward with the measure.
The council voted unanimously to move forward.
Meanwhile, the council discussed recent complaints by residents regarding bug spraying.
In June, the council signed a contract with Action Pest Control to spray in low-lying areas within town limits for mosquitoes.
At the meeting, company branch manager Justin Summers told the council the company would spray twice a month for $800 through September.
In addition, Summers told the council the company could provide additional services, but the cost was estimated at $1,400 monthly, to which the council declined.
On Tuesday, Council President Roy Smith said he believed the spraying had not worked as well as intended.
"It's not working as well as it has in the past," Smith said.
The council agreed to look into a new direction next year.
In other business, the council:
* Asked Somheil to draft letters for residents whose yards have excessive high weeds. Somheil, additionally, asked for photographs of the weeds,
* Discussed an ongoing issue with golf carts driving through town limits, and
* Set up a 2011 Budget Adoption hearing for 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 9.
The council meets regularly on the first Tuesday of each month at town hall. However, its October meeting will follow the budget hearing.