Property maintenance rules top GF city council agenda

Friday, November 5, 2010

GREEN FOREST -- Monday night's city council meeting will include discussion of a new ordinance dealing with property maintenance.

At an agenda-setting meeting Monday night, Mayor Charlie Reece said he had given the planning commission a rough draft of a nuisance abatement ordinance. The proposed ordinance is simpler than other versions which have been under consideration.

Reece said he hopes to have the ordinance completed and ready for passage by the end of the year.

The mayor said efforts to address unsightly conditions are continuing, and he discussed several apparent violations being addressed by the city.

The mayor will recommend hiring a full-time code enforcement officer. He said he does not know yet if the position will have to be filled by a member of the police department, or if the city could designate an employee able to issue citations.

Other items on the agenda for Nov. 8 include:

* Public Works Director Buddy Fry said he expects to have a water rate study by the time of the December council meeting, although he may have it in time for this meeting.

* Fry expects to have an update on a grant to rehabilitate the Sixth Street ditch, and he may have additional information on plans to add a center island on Phillips Avenue.

* A water line at Hickman Lane is still leaking, but Fry said the city will soon have all customers moved over to the new line, so the old line can be closed off.

* The council will hear an update on installing a sludge press at the wastewater treatment plant. Supervisor Shawn Raglin said several sites are under consideration, depending on soil suitability and access to utilities.

* Reece said Assistant Treasurer Sandra Russell suggested moving $200,000 out of a wastewater checking account to an account paying higher interest.

* Reece said he will recommend adding another police officer position for the coming year. Police Chief John Bailey said he is considering a new reserve officer.

* The mayor said he does not expect to hear anything by Monday on a grant to pay for a new animal control vehicle, but he said the city should continue to look into the costs and features available.

* The fire department will submit bids for new nozzles, and a tanker door needs to be repaired.

* City and school officials will meet to discuss moving lights and bleachers from the football field to the new multi-purpose fields.

* Reece said he still did not know when the city would receive results of routine audits of the water and wastewater departments.

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