City rapped on new weed ordinance

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

During the public comment segment of Tuesday’s city council meeting, Enid and Robert Yeager of 110 N. Front St. were on hand to view their displeasure of the city mowing their yard.

In part, Enid Yeager read from a prepared statement, asking, “Why does the city not give notice? The only reason we knew that it was the city was because we got this outrageous bill.” ($250).

She also noted that a lack of notice takes away our rights in our own community. “Do we pay taxes so we pay salary to people to tell us they can come on our property without notice?”

Yeager noted she works seven days a week and her husband is physically unable to do yard work and her children who have asthma and allergies are also unable to do yard work.

 

She has extremely high medical bills and she and her husband make do without some of their medicine they are supposed to be taking. Yeager was asking the city for a break from the $250 they were billed to mow their 20x15 patch.

 

Because this took place in the public comment segment of the meeting and was not on the agenda, no action or comment from the council could be made. It will be on the agenda for the Sept. 19 council meeting.

It should be noted here that the  I-O ran a story on the new weed/grass ordinance in the May 16 edition with a four-column head line on the front page. There were also notices sent out in water bills and another notice in the newspaper.

In an action item, the council approved three building permits. One is at 13 S. Wisconsin for a rock wall, another at 24 3rd Ave. SW for a path with benches and the third is at 107 5th Ave. NW for a fence project.

Bonnie Berthelson gave a report from the library that kicked off a number of scheduled department reviews for the month. She noted, “We were busy-busy in August.” Over 2,100 patrons came through the doors and well over a 1,000 logged on to computers.

The library has received a grant that will help to pay for audio books and in-house programs for children which will be kicking off, starting Thursday with Baby Steps.

Public Works Director Richard Anderson noted the city’s grader is back, alley work is continuing, work is being done to get sledge out of the lagoons, weeds are a problem at the ball fields, and crews are flushing hydrants and working on manholes and valves.

Chief Gary Dent reported that August was a violent month and 208 calls were received.

In part there were seven domestic incidents, three vehicle accidents, two businesses found open, two vandalism cases, three fights, two break-ins, one rape, and six felony arrests. There are 10 dogs and seven cats in the puppy prison.

In a related item, the CPD is breaking in a new officer and their office computer crashed. The department almost lost their records programs, however, it was recovered. And, Dr. Jay Taylor was appointed to do law enforcement evaluations for city policemen.

Cheryl Curry from the Port Authority said their month was pretty quiet. She commented that there were a number of inquiries on the renovated homes, generated by a story in the newspaper.

The Golden Triangle Gymnastics club will be having an open house on Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and requested an alley closure. The council OK’s the request.

The next regular meeting of the council will be on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the city hall at 411-1/2 S. Main Street. The public is always encouraged to attend and view their government at work.