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property cleanup 300By Tony Farkas
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COLDSPRING — Property owners found in violation of the city’s nuisance ordinance will be sent a final notice by the city to get the properties cleaned up.

At the Dec. 6 meeting of the Coldspring City Council, members approved sending a final letter to people with problem properties, Mayor Pat Eversole said.

For several months, the city had originally demanded the property owners at 210 Slade St. and two pieces of property in the Park Place addition clean up their properties.

The city approved a new ordinance in August, saying it would be more appropriate dealing with junk storage, leaky exterior pipes, certain types of waste discharge, and grass and tree growth, as well as unkempt properties.

The ordinance states that once notified, property owners have 10 days to clean up the property; after that, the owner could be subject to a $500 fine per day, and each day would be deemed a separate offense.

Should the city receive no response, the properties will be cleaned up and then the owners will be billed.

In other business, the council:

• approved the report and bill payment of $5,022.54 to Inframark;

• discussed the 2020 budget;

• approved Goodwin Lassiter of Lufkin to do engineering and blueprints for restrooms at ballpark;

• approved an engineering contract Goodwin Lassiter for street work, to be paid for by grant funds;

• approved constructing a bluebird house on path at City Hall Park; 

• appointed William Baker to the Lower Trinity Groundwater Conservation District board;

• discussed the 2016 audit findings, which recommended putting new policies for oversight in place;

• approved hiring Jody Barr as executive assistant; and

• discussed budgeting for an additional office help at City Hall.

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