In what’s labeled a “junk and debris” case by Plan Director Adam Rude, the Board of Works continued an order to appear for the property owners of 719 First St. at its Tuesday morning meeting.
The owners and tenants of the property were originally supposed to appear at Tuesday’s meeting, but due to a communication discrepancy, the board decided to continue the case.
“We haven’t heard from them since [we sent the notice],” Rude said in the pre-meeting.
Which prompted board member David Finkel to ask, “We know the owners of the property are snowbirds, so they’re down in Florida. Were we successful in getting in touch with them in Florida?”
Rude said the notice made it to the owners and the tenants.
Which prompted board member Bob Williams to say, “I’m confused, because I talked to them down in Florida and they said they had it cleared up through their family and renters. And [an owner] sent me a message and said he went by and it looked good, and they wouldn’t have to appear.”
But the photos Rude presented to the board depicting trash in the side yard were taken Tuesday morning before the meeting.
“Something doesn’t smell right,” Finkel concluded.
The continuation was the only action taken during the meeting.
During the pre-meeting, City Engineer Matt House reported he got ahold of the railroad and railroad workers will be back in town this summer fixing the rail.
“We’re hoping to get them to fix the Mechanic Street Crossing the State Road 9 cut in the road, and we’re trying to get them to fix that low area on Amos Road between Twin Lakes, and the other neighborhood on the other side of the road – Crestmoor,” House said. “We’re trying to get them to fix all those issues and we gave them a big list.”
Some of these issues pertain to drainage, where standing water accumulates in the ditches around the tracks due to overgrown plants.
The city hasn’t been able to fix these issues because the railroad is privately owned, and wants to charge the city too much for the permits and other aspects needed for the city to be on railroad property.
Street Department Superintendent Doug Hunt said his crew put in 130 hours of overtime last week during the snowstorm to keep the roads as clear as they could.
“Three trucks broke down through our snowplowing,” he added. “We were doing 24 hours a day for the first two days there, and I think we got it opened up the best we could.”
Hunt also said his department realized there were a bunch of dead cars parked on the street, “that hadn’t been moved through the whole thing.” Some of the plates are good, and some are not, he said.
Williams told Hunt to come up with a list of dead cars with expired plates to give to him, which he would pass on to the police department.
“That’s been a problem for quite a while,” Finkel said.