VERSAILLES - Under new business at last week’s village council meeting, Village Administrator Rodd Hale highlighted some of the obstacles encountered with the current property/nuisance violation procedures.
He said the personnel and policies committee recently met to discuss these obstacle and are recommending the following changes:
- Make the length of grass subject to violation be moved from 12 inches to 10 inches
- Make the time allowed for having the property returned to acceptable condition be 48 hours
- Allow posting of “notice of violation” on property
- Add an administrative fee of $50 for the first violation and $100 for each subsequent violation
- Allow for one annual legal posting notifying residents of the village nuisance ordinance in a newspaper of general circulation to be deemed notice of village exterior property maintenance regulations.
In addition to the published legal notice notifying residents of village nuisance ordinance, only one additional notice by the village administrator, or his designated agent, per calendar year, per lot or parcel is required to proceed with remedy set forth in Ordinance 06-58 on subsequent violations.
After some discussion on the recurring problem properties, a motion to have legislation drafted to incorporate the recommendations of the personnel and policies committee for council’s consideration was made and the motion carried.
The executive session, Hale reported, began at 7:23 p.m. and ended at 8:03 p.m. Upon returning to the regular meeting, Jeff R. Subler made a motion to authorize the preparation of legislation concerning the employment contract of the Utilities Superintendent; seconded by Pat Gigandet. Mayor Jeff A. Subler noted no other decisions had been made.
Moving on to administrative reports, Hale asked members for direction on placement of the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce award that was received by the garden club. The garden club has requested that the award be displayed in the downtown fountain area. The administrator also noted that after reviewing the private crossing agreement presented by CSX Transportation that an alternate egress has been located and there will be no need for the agreement. He also requested permission to have the alley running east and west between Virginia Street and Reed Avenue repaved when Baker Road is paved later this fall. All members were in agreement.
Finally, he noted that he had been contacted by a resident at 56 W. Ward St. regarding the poor condition of their sidewalks. After some discussion, this matter was referred to the street and safety committee for further review.
Hale noted that the finance and audit committee met prior to the meeting to discuss FEMA and flood insurance, a contract for the utilities superintendent and the purchase of a used refuse truck. Another meeting has been scheduled for June 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Street and safety will be setting a meeting to discuss a community sidewalk program; personnel and policies will be meeting to discuss solar power generation policies; the cemetery board was to meet June 17; the park board is scheduled to meet Thursday at Ward Park; and facilities will be setting a meeting to discuss the proposed used of the former elementary school property.
Hale announced the village, in conjunction with the Youth Baseball League, have purchased a new pitching mound at Indian Creek Park.
In other matters, council:
Adopted an ordinance amending the Shade Tree Ordinance for the village.
- Considered a recommendation from the Shade Tree Commission to treat for the Emerald Ash Borer EAB disease.