Property Maintenance Advisory Board meets

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A deadline of August 31 is on the GMC box truck at 519 West Main Street.

By Dewain E. Peek,

OCN Editor

Livingston’s Property Maintenance Advisory Board met Tuesday, Aug. 6 for a meeting that had been delayed from July 22 when the Board failed to have a quorum.

This time Randall Alsip, who was present last time, was now absent, and Angela Dixon, who was absent last time was again absent.

Board members Mitchell White, Matilda Speck, Ken Dodson, Daniel Elder, and Chairman Barbie Roberts were present.

Livingston’s Property Maintenance Advisory Board hears recent property maintenance actions of Codes Inspector Kristian Mansell and votes to agree or disagree that properties are in compliance or are out of compliance. Any disagreement with the inspector’s findings would be a matter of placing the disagreement in the record. The Board does not have authority to direct the codes inspector on how to handle a code violation.

To begin the meeting, minutes of the June 27, 2019 meeting were approved.

Old business was a follow-up on properties previously found to be in violation.

First up was 204 South Goodpasture Street, which Mansell said was now in compliance with the vehicle section of the property maintenance ordinance.

“The dismantled vehicle has been removed,” Mansell said.

The Board agreed that the property is now in compliance.

Next up was 719 Hi-Tech Drive.

Mansell updated that the homeowner had asked for an administrative hearing before the City Council and was granted an extension

“Although he had cleaned up his property, he still had some brush and debris that he was wanting a little more time on and he was granted 60 days on that property.”

A further follow-up on the property will be in a future Property Maintenance Advisory Board meeting.

Next on the agenda was 301 and 303 East University Street.

“That property is also in compliance at this time,” Mansell said.

He went on to explain, “The gentleman did not take care of the situation. The city has actually went over there. We cut all the shrubs in front of the house down.”

White asked who paid for the cleanup.

“The city paid for the cleanup at the time,” Mansell answered.

Mansell said that if the property owner does not pay the cost of the cleanup, then that cost will be placed on the property taxes.

The Board agreed that the property is now in compliance.

Next was 319 Medlock Street where the vehicle on the property had been found to be in violation.

“That vehicle does run and the tags have been updated on the vehicle,” Mansell said, “so, it’s now in compliance.”

The Board agreed that it is now in compliance.

Next was the old GMC box truck at 519 West Main Street, which has become a landmark over its decades in the field.

Mansell said the deadline on the truck is August 31.

An update will be given at a future meeting.

Property at 411 East Henson Street was up next in old business for violating the vehicle section of the property maintenance ordinance. Mansell said August 26 is its deadline, so it will be considered in the next meeting, which will be August 26.

Next was 518 North Church Street, and Mansell said the house was removed and the property is now in compliance, and the Board agreed.

Property at the corner of Goodpasture Street and Doak Street had vehicles violating the ordinance.

“That property is also in compliance at this time,” Mansell said.

The Board agreed.

The agenda then moved to new business, with 10 properties to review.

First on new business was 210 Windle Street.

“That property appears to be in violation,” Mansell said.

Also a complaint had been made against 211 Windle Street.

“That property also appears to be in violation,” Mansell said.

The Board agreed that both are in violation of the municipal code.

Next was 813 Oak Heights, wich Mansell said appeared to be in compliance, and also that part of what was complained about was on the city.

The Board agreed that the property was in compliance on Mansell’s testimony that the property had been cleaned up when he went to investigate the complaint.

Next was 815 Preston Street, which Mansell said appeared to be in violation.

He further explained that both of the property owners are deceased.

“It’s sort of setting in limbo,” Mansell said.

The Board agreed that it is in violation.

Property at 1100 Upper Hilham Road was next on the agenda.

“This property appears to be in violation,” Mansell said.

He went on to add, “This has been cleaned up since.”

The Board voted that it is out of compliance.

Property at 109 Beuna Vista was next, which Mansell said appeared to be in violation. The Board agreed.

Next was a complaint against 500 West Second Street, but Mansell said it appeared to be in compliance though the complaint alleged it was “overgrown and messy”.

Property at 298 McHenry Circle was next, which Mansell said appeared to be in violation because of a pile of scrap metal and things of that nature.

The Board agreed that it was out of compliance.

Next was 217 East Cedar Street property.

“That property also appears to be in violation,” Mansell said.

The Board agreed that it was out of compliance with the property maintenance code.

Last up was 804 Hi-Tech Drive.

The Board agreed with Mansell that it was in violation of the property maintenance ordinance.

Before the meeting adjourned, Chairman Barbie Roberts announced that the next Property Maintenance Advisory Board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26.