Mt. Pleasant mayor says city council, staff care a lot
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
Mt. Pleasant Mayor Steve Brimhall took exception to written remarks from a resident during a recent Mt. Pleasant City Council meeting.
Faith Guthrie of Mt. Pleasant wrote to the council about a neighborhood dog problem and implied the city council does not care about such nuisances.
“There has always been this problem (dogs running at large); however, it appears to me as well as other residents that the city council does not care enough to do something about changing the covenants of the city to rectify the issue.”
Guthrie, who said she has lived in Mt. Pleasant for most of her life, went on to say, “Now when do you take affirmative action about this concern? Does someone have to really get hurt before the city council does something? This has been an ongoing thing with this one neighbor…”
“People think that council members don’t care,” Brimhall began. “Our three biggest problems are dogs running loose, people not cutting grass and junk cars. To say council members and (city) staff do not care is not true. They do care. Council members care a lot.”
Brimhall, a longtime council member before becoming mayor, said the city “struggles” with animal issues. “We are constantly trying to enforce ordinances and its is a struggle.”
He described the process for enforcing city nuisance laws, adding that “the judicial process takes some time. We are not a very patient society.”
The mayor urged residents with an issue contact the city council or City Administrator Brent Schleisman. “Don’t yell at them. Hopefully, people understand that the legal process takes time. I want her (Guthrie) to know that council members, city staff and the mayor do care.”
In his update, engineer Jim Warner said the South Iris Street reconstruction project should be completed soon.
Moving northward, Warner said the Mapleleaf Drive-Grand Avenue intersection is paved. “We will be working up the hill (south to the railroad overpass) and it may be paved by Aug. 14.”
Following that, attention will be given to the Winfield Avenue intersection with Grand and points north to James Avenue, which is where the reconstruction of Grand ends. “We want to be out of there the Friday before (Old) Threshers,” Warner noted.
Other agenda items saw the council approve the sale of a portion of the former West Washington Street right-of-way to an adjacent property owner for $300 plus surveying costs. Due to the reconstruction of West Washington Street, the city does not need as much right-of-way any longer.
Council members accepted the low bid ($189,000) from Meyers Construction of Sperry, Iowa, for construction of a storage building at the airport. The building will house airport snow removal equipment. A grant from the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) pays 90 percent of the construction costs.
The city also received a 90-10 FAA grant to purchase snow removal equipment for the airport.
In other business, the council:
• Set a public hearing for Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. for the sale of a lot at 417 North Broadway. The city acquired the property and had the house demolished last year. An adjacent property owner would like to purchase the lot for use as more green space.
• Will have a public hearing and bid letting during the Aug. 14 council meeting for the Central Park sidewalk and downtown square street repair project. Bids are due at 4 p.m. Aug. 13.
• Approved a contract with Big Creek Construction for $2,986 for the demolition of a dilapidated structure on the 200 block of North Jackson Street. The contract is contingent upon the property owner signing the agreement.
After calling the meeting to order, Brimhall asked for a moment of silence of Jazmine Roth-Hines and her family. Roth-Hines was the seven-year-old girl who drowned July 19 in the Mt. Pleasant Aquatic Center.
Council members meet again in regular session Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. in City Hall.