By Tony Farkas
COLDSPRING — After putting an ordinance banning nuisance properties within the city limits, the Coldspring City Council authorized the city attorney to begin contacting property owners.
At its regular meeting on Oct. 4, the council directed the attorney to write a certified letter to property owners and give them time to respond. Should the city receive no response, the properties will be cleaned up and then the owners will be billed.
The city approved the 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 also would ban the accumulation of abandoned or derelict vehicles, unless it’s for a business such as a scrap yard.
The ordinance also states that if a property owner is notified, they 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.
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; however, the demand was made through an ordinance which only dealt with substandard structures.
This was the first meeting since August, as the September meeting was cancelled due to lack of a quorum.
In other business, the council:
- accepted the completed audit for 2016, which was turned in with an unmodified opinion;
- approved replacing front and rear doors to include panic hardware at a cost of around $16,000;
- approved replacing both air conditioning units at city hall at a cost of around $11,000;
- denied a waiver of a $25 parade permit fee for the San Jacinto County Fair Association, saying it could not because of existing ordinances;
- approved a contract with San Jacinto County for a city election to be held in May 2022; and
- approved a change of the water meter serving City Hall to lower costs.