SPRINGVILLE – The council unanimously declared four lots and the entrance to the MacDonald Farm subdivision a nuisance and directed the city’s building official to move forward with cleaning up the property.
Building Official Jennifer Disker said it will cost the city more than $600 to cut the grass and clean up the properties the City Council declared a nuisance under its weed ordinance.
She said this is the second time the council was forced to take action against the MacDonald Farm developer, who owns all the property in question.
Mayor William “Butch” Isley said the property owner is not being singled out, and city officials are only following procedure.
Disker said the city will pass the cost to clean the property on to the property owner, plus any attorney fees involved with the legal process to declare the property a nuisance.
City officials said the property owner was notified by the city and requested to clean up the property, but the owner did not respond or act on the repeated requests.
At Monday night’s meeting, the council also reappointed Dave Green and Allen Crawford to the city’s Board of Adjustments to three-year terms.
The council also reappointed Kris Bishop to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a six-year term.
Isley also told the council that the preliminary budget for next fiscal year was on his desk for review.
“We’ll refine it in August, so it will be ready to present to the council in September,” he said.
Councilman Chip Martin said this fiscal year’s projected budget is on track. He said the city has a cash surplus of about $750,000 this year, but some of that money is earmarked for the new City Hall.
Martin said despite an increase in cost for Coosa Valley Water, the city’s water department appears to be breaking even so far this year.
Isley also announced Monday that the operating hours for the city’s splash pad will change during the week, starting Aug. 12. He said the splash pad will open from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with its normal operating hours on Saturday and Sunday. The splash pad is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Isley said city officials received only a handful of complaints about the newly created $1 per day usage fee for the splash pad.
He said the city made about $795 the first week and there was rain on two of those days.
“I think we can expect about $1,000 a week,” Isley said.
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