In a continuing effort to alleviate blight in local neighborhoods, the Lamar City Council approved and adopted a resolution to condemn the property at 315 North 12th Street in Lamar during their regular meeting, Monday, February 27th. The council was informed that efforts to have the property taken care of have failed with the owner and the site poses a health and safety risk to the community. Craig Brooks, Chief Building Codes Official for Lamar, said the property is a safety hazard, “There is no floor in a portion of the house and no back wall. It’s just unsafe and something that should be eliminated.” Brooks and City Attorney, Garth Nieschburg said they’ve made various attempts to contact the property owner, but to no avail, so it will be scheduled for demolition at some future date. Brooks said the owner lives to the north of the house noted in the resolution and another, third property just to the south of the second property is empty, but as there are utilities in place, the City is not taking action at this time. Notice was given to the owner on July, 2016 to make efforts to clean up the property and they have not complied.
The council appointed Jack VanHook to a three year term with the Lamar Tree Board, replacing the vacancy for the expired term of Janell Martin. His appointment will end in March, 2020.
The council approved the grant extension agreement between the city and the Animal Assistance Foundation for $18,500. The matching funds will be used for improvements to the shelter facilities as well as go towards the salary for a full-time manager.
In a housekeeping move, the council authorized the mayor to sign the Business Associate Agreement between the City of Lamar and NeoCertified for secure employee, health-related information. The annual cost is not to exceed $1,000. This will allow the city to comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
City Administrator, John Sutherland, reminded the audience the monthly, informal City Council breakfast will take place on Wednesday, March 1st at the Pit Stop on North Main Street and citizens are encouraged to attend. A notice from Charter Communications stated that channel 100 will allow subscribers to the television cable service to access the program, ‘Baby First’. This is part of an announced residential channel line-up change. The council moved into executive session to discuss pending ARPA litigation as well as Prowers Aggregate and Pool Resurfacing issues.
By Russ Baldwin
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