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coldspringcityBy Tony Farkas
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COLDSPRING — The Coldspring City Council will enhance efforts to ensure hotel-motel tax regulations are followed, and that food trucks abide by sanitation rules.

Mayor John Benestante said that according to state law, motel residents who indicated to the establishment they intend to be a long-term resident, regardless of time period, will sign a statement to the hotel to rent room as a residence, and are not subject to the tax.

However, he said that non-payment for the room will revoke the resident status. Benestante also said that bed and breakfast establishments also are required to pay the taxes.

So far, the taxes have been paid appropriately, and the council will continue to ensure hotel owners pay what is owed.

Benestante also said that he became aware that food trucks are heavily inspected and licensed by state but must remain mobile to qualify. Should a food truck become permanent, then the city will consider them a permanent restaurant and subject to the city’s grease disposal regulations.

In other business, the council:

•discussed finances at the wastewater plant, which for the first time broke even;

•discussed a derelict property at the corner of Highway 150 and Parker Street at which the resident was piling trash in rear of residence, and occasionally burning it causing a stench. The council will serve the property owners with a notice of violation;

•adopted a purchasing policy, which will help with federal grants to show it is in place; and

•discussed the negotiations with schools on purchasing a 10-acre plot.

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