City Council Discusses Dangerous Buildings

Mayor Billy Howard presented the State Champion Lady Blue Devils with a Proclamation honoring them for their accomplishment.

By Kaileigh Deacon

 

At their first meeting after the November 7th election, the City Council welcomed back Scott Geel and brought on Mark Carr as a new councilor. After swearing in, the councilors held public hearings on several houses in potential breach of the Dangerous Buildings Ordinance. Each property was examined individually with Code Enforcement Office Tim Krug on hand to present to the council on the condition of the buildings and his recommendation.

The council heard about the condition of all the properties and what has been done by the owners to either prepare for demolition or to bring the property to a safe condition. The council agreed to revisit all the properties until the next meeting to allow the owners time to present their plan of action, Krug time to talk with contractors and the owners to be present or send representation if they wish. They will look at the properties again at the November 30th meeting. 

The council also looked at the dissolution of tax acquired property. There were 10 properties on the agenda for this. Each property was looked at individually with the recommendation for each taking place separately. Five of the properties were sent out for bid. For one property, the previous bid of $1,500 was awarded to the second highest bidder after the first bidder backed out. The others will have to be continued to be worked on while other outstanding issues are resolved. 

The Economic Development Committee held a meeting on the revolving loan fund and continued viability of the program. The committee’s recommendation to the council was to have the loan fund suspended. The money in the fund would still be available for the city’s use in economic development and the economic development loan fund. The revolving loan fund was a loan program for smaller amounts of money. In the meantime, the city will work on recovering the amounts outstanding from previous loans. 

The city approved the repair for the tire bin out at the transfer station in an amount not to exceed $1,000. The Public Works department will do the repair to the bin themselves but will need to purchase the materials for the repair.

The city also authorized City Manager Jim Porter to solicit bids for trash removal. Public Works Director Skeet Seeley asked that the bid be on the condition that the city is free to inspect the equipment of the hauler as there have been issues in the past. The council approved the motion. 

Mayor Billy Howard addressed the council and the attendees at the meeting in his mayoral address. “What we just did with the broadband is one of the best things the City of Calais has done in years. Not just because it’s internet, but because it shows we invested in ourselves. We didn’t sit around and wait for that almighty grant to come to us. So, if we’re going to move forward we’re going to have to invest in ourselves, probably more than we previously have been.”  

The city also took time at the beginning of the meeting to congratulate and honor the Calais Lady Blue Devil volleyball team on their second State Champion title in two years. 

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the next city council meeting will be held on November 30th at 6:00 p.m. in council chambers.