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Council hears complaints from North Main residents

Appearance of two properties irks neighbors
Sep 14, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News

 

North Main Street came to the Mt. Pleasant City Council.

Make that a number of residents living on the 400 block of North Main complained to the council about the very messy condition of two properties in the neighborhood.

Steve Rod and Maureen Lindeen spoke on behalf of the group. Rod said residents are concerned about the city violations being incurred by the properties. He said the group has expressed its concerns to Jack Swarm, city building and zoning director, and Ron Archer, chief of police, regarding what they feel are nuisances created by the properties.

“We would hope the council has the same concerns we do,” Rod said, adding that ordinances should be enforced to create a clean, healthy environment in the community.

Lindeen said the two houses are not being well-maintained, and she has noticed an increase in the amount of trash, garbage, litter and vehicles at the properties. “Some of the weeds are over five feet tall,” she remarked. She also pledged the group will return to council meetings “to see what progress is being made.”

Swarm said he has noticed only one city code violation at the aforementioned properties. City code violations, however, are not synonymous with nuisance ordinance infractions.

He said he sent a letter to the two property owners earlier this month. If Swarm doesn’t see any action, he said he will send another letter asking the property owners to abate the nuisances.

“We have sent letters by certified mail to the property owners,” reported Archer. He said the police department has not received return service yet on the letters. “We give them 10 days to fix the problem and if they don’t, we proceed further.”

City Attorney Pat Brau said if the residents do not sign for the letters, they will be served by the sheriff.

“Eventually, this could result in a civil lawsuit or a fine up to $100 per day” if the nuisance is not abated, Brau added.

Councilman Kent White said it is high time the properties are cleaned up. “These houses have been despicable for years,” White claimed. “I concur with them. It is high time to do something. These two properties, however, are just the tip of the iceberg.”

In other agenda items, the council passed the second reading on two ordinances regarding signs. The first ordinance would allow signs to be a maximum of 100 feet high on the U.S. Highway 34 and 218 bypasses and within 1,000 feet of the highways’ right-of-ways. The second ordinance grants businesses the same signage as that of schools and churches in the same zoning district.

The first reading of an ordinance prohibiting parking on the north side of East Clay Street and its intersection with Harrison Street was passed to a second reading.

Council members approved several mayoral appointments. Marianne Klein was appointed to serve the remainder of Samantha Davis’ term on the library board; Jerry Naylor was appointed to serve the remainder of John Hendrickson’s term on the library board and Dan McCabe was reappointed to a six-year term on the municipal utility board.

The city will receive bids for airport ground rental and award the bid at its Oct. 11 council meeting. Bids must be submitted to the city clerk by 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9.

Approval was also given to a contract with Jean C. Wiley & Sons of Mt. Pleasant to install handicapped accessible doors at the police department. The firm will be paid $6,886.

During the public forum, Ed Kropa of Mt. Pleasant, on behalf of the 20th Century Car Club thanked the council and city departments for their cooperation for car cruise nights this summer.

Council members meet again in regular session Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

 

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