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Council keeps costs in check
WCN CorrespondentJune 27, 2012 | 1,791 views | 1 comment
POTH -- Costs to the city for various services, including unpaid fines and trash collection, occupied the Poth City Council June 18 during its regular meeting.
Utilized to track down fine payment offenders, the legal firm of Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott LLP has approached the city to enter an agreement to use the firm to better manage unpaid fines. Backed by new legislation, the proposal would tack an additional 30 percent collection fee onto the original delinquent fine.
The collection process consists of a search of the defendant’s address, followed by a four-part notice system via mail and ultimately the issuance of a warrant. This was explained to the Poth City Council during the meeting.
Councilman Paul Martinez suggested tabling the issue until the July council meeting, in order to give everyone a chance to fully read the details of the policy.
Continuing to address costs, after a short presentation, the council approved renewal of the city’s contract for trash disposal with IESI, which the city has utilized since October 2008. Nothing will be changed in the new contract and it can be cancelled with only 30 days’ notice.
Also related to costs, the council, concerned about fluctuating fuel prices, discussed natural-gas conversions for garbage trucks. Due to a lack of refueling stations currently in operation, though, IESI and the city will both maintain an awareness of changes in oil prices.
Moving to other issues, the council discussed modular buildings and an amendment to the city’s planning and zoning ordinance. To have more control over the inspection and zoning of modular buildings in town, the council approved the creation of a more specific definition of the structures. The amended codes will require more rigorous inspection of modular homes that are built off-site. Structures also will have to follow guidelines according to taxable value and proximity to other homes.
Coming highway modifications and their possible implications also were discussed, notably the planned installation of a turning lane throughout Poth along U.S. 181. To compensate for the additional lane, the shoulder that currently exists along the road will be sacrificed. The lane will stretch from just south of Blessing Street to Dilworth Plaza and then re-emerge past the traffic light to continue to a point, as yet undetermined, before the overpass.
Also on U.S. 181, the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church has requested placing a sign on the north side of town. The proposed 4-foot-by-8-foot sign will announce the church’s location, Mass times, and other information. The council gave conditional approval for the sign, with a requirement that the church’s Knights of Columbus council will maintain the site.
Also discussed was progress with the ongoing restoration project for the streets of the Richland Heritage subdivision; all that remains is the application of a seal-coat topping that will tie all the streets together. Currently, all the streets except Natchez are in the subgrade stage of construction and will be completely repaired once the sealant is added.
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