Mound City Council began their Oct. 3 meeting with the pledge of allegiance and then moved to public comments.
First up was Lorna Turley who asked the city to consider donating the mowing of the Mound City Historical Park. Turley stated it costs the board for the park approximately $2,000 per year to have it mowed and if the city would donate the mowing at no cost it would help them make other necessary repairs and such.
Trenton Johnson then spoke asking the city why a property he recently co-purchased came with a bill of over $380 that he is now expected to pay before he can turn on services there.
Nick Wallace then stated that there are meter issues at his address. He noted while he owns the upstairs a leak in the bathroom of the other portion of the building was running through his meter.
Council opted to have Public Works Superintendent John Bruns meet with Wallace in the morning to survey the situation and added the other two issues to the agenda.
Council then held a public hearing on the condemnation of 411 N. 3rd Street and the property owner stated she is in the process of selling the property and the buyer is aware of the issues and will clean it up. Following the discussion between the council, the property owner and City Attorney Jess Randall, council agreed to give the owners until the start of the November meeting to have it cleaned up and dealt with.
Council then held a public hearing on the condemnation of 102 N. 1st Street. The owner stated he plans on fixing it up, and Codes Enforcement Officer Jacob Bush noted it is off the foundation in one place and the owner replied it is not.
Council asked the owner if he felt he could show significant progress on the property in 30 days and he stated he could so council gave him 30 days to show progress or they will continue the condemnation.
Council then moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting and the motion carried.
Council member Shayna Lamb moved to approve the warrant checking in the amount of $203,351.35 and the motion carried.
Police Chief Paul McKee stated his department has done 63 VIN checks since they began.
Bush noted that he had spoken with one of the property owners he is dealing with and they stated they were working on getting a dumpster arranged. In the meantime, he has left tickets on three other properties regarding nuisances.
The council then set the agenda for the meeting adding the requests from Trenton Johnson and the Historical Park.
Council once again tabled the discussion on commercial or institutional water and sewer rates for the Justice Center.
Bruns then told the council he had found a truck that has everything and is set for a plow, but doesn’t have one.
Codes Enforcement Office Jacob Bush noted a need for a new laptop. Council asked him to get prices.
Council then discussed several water bill issues, including the bill for 619 Main, Trenton Johnson’s issue and a request by Sharon Barnes. (See related article.)
Council then discussed the request from the Mound City Historical Park and opted to table the discussion.
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