Clay City Town Council ratifies town mowing ordinance
•Clay City gets $50,000 Downtown Revitalization grant
The Clay City Town Council met Tuesday evening and Council members ratified a Clay City ordinance requiring homeowners to keep yards mowed and free from high weeds. The town’s old ordinance was not specific when referring to vacant properties.
“We have had trouble with empty houses not being mowed,” said Council President Donella Baumgartner. “Our old ordinance was hard to get people to comply with.”
Town officials, concerned with a proliferation of nuisance animals such as snakes and moles, sought to create a new ordinance aimed at eradicating the problem before it turned into a public health issue.
The new ordinance allows town officials to notify the property owner of the need to mow grass and eliminate high weeds at their property. If the town receives no answer from the property owner and the problem is not corrected, the town will then mow the property themselves at a cost of $50 to the property owner. The new ordinance also allows town officials to place a lien on the property, eliminating the need to issue multiple notices, waiting times and warnings previously necessitated by the old ordinance.
In other business:
• Council President Baumgartner announced the town has been awarded a Downtown Revitalization grant in the amount of $50,000. Town representatives and others plan to meet within a few weeks to begin the planning process as to how to best utilize the funds.
• Council officials said that Casey’s has submitted a new design for the sign to be erected at their upcoming Clay City location. The new sign is in compliance with regulations and adds “E-89” to the previous design while still giving the required 10’ of clearance underneath.
The next meeting of the Clay City Town Council will take place at 7 p.m. July 3 at City Hall.