Gen­try City Coun­cil de­clares prop­erty un­safe, a nui­sance

Westside Eagle-Observer - - FRONT PAGE - RANDY MOLL

GEN­TRY — City coun­cil, on March 5, took the first steps to­ward nui­sance abate­ment and pos­si­ble con­dem­na­tion for a house lo­cated at 320 N. Giles in Gen­try when it passed a res­o­lu­tion declar­ing the prop­erty a nui­sance due to an un­safe and va­cant struc­ture on the prop­erty.

Ac­cord­ing to the res­o­lu­tion and a photo pro­vided to mem­bers of the coun­cil, the struc­ture’s porch over­hang has fallen down and the roof is dam­aged and par­tially cov­ered with a tarp.

Af­ter ti­tle work and fur­ther at­tempts to re­solve code vi­o­la­tions with the landowner, the city may move for­ward to cor­rect the code vi­o­la­tions through re­pair or de­mo­li­tion, with a lien placed against the prop­erty. Should the city move for­ward, a pub­lic hear­ing would be re­quired and a de­ter­mi­na­tion made on the amount of the lien — up to $5,000 to board up and se­cure a prop­erty and up to $7,500 for de­mo­li­tion.

The coun­cil also ap­proved a tract split for Larry and Joan Ra­ham, di­vid­ing a sin­gle tract of land into three tracts. Homes are al­ready lo­cated on two of those tracts, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion sup­plied to the coun­cil.

Kevin John­ston, Gen­try’s mayor, told the coun­cil the city could have to wait up to six months

for ap­proval of a bridge re­place­ment plan for the Dawn Hill Bridge over Flint Creek which was dam­aged in floods in April 2017. He said the ap­proval might come sooner but there were no guar­an­tees that would hap­pen.

If ap­proved, the Fed­eral High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion would pay 80 per­cent of the cost of the bridge re­place­ment.

John­ston said things were mov­ing for­ward with the prepa­ra­tion of a park mas­ter plan. He said the city was set to close on the pur­chase of 14 1/2 acres of prop­erty along the rail­road this week. The prop­erty was pur­chased as pos­si­ble park­land be­cause it con­nects cur­rent city-owned land.

Also, in in­for­ma­tion re­ported to the coun­cil, both county tax rev­enue and city sales tax rev­enue showed a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease over the same pe­riod dur­ing the last two years.

In his state of the city ad­dress, Mayor John­ston spoke of the suc­cesses the city has had in the past year and dur­ing his seven years as mayor. He men­tioned park im­prove­ments, the new city po­lice sta­tion, im­proved ISO rat­ings and spoke of the growth which has come and is com­ing to the city. He said there was much work yet to do, speak­ing of park plans, prepa­ra­tion to build a new waste­water treat­ment plant in the fu­ture and re­place­ment of the Flint Creek bridge.

To read John­ston’s full state of the city ad­dress, visit www.ea­gleob­

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