A resident whose neighbor decided to place boulders on their property in the city is concerned that the practice will become too common in Clintonville if the issue is not addressed by ordinance.
“My neighbor put boulders in his yard, all around his property recently,” said West Street resident Lois Bressette. “My concern is that it is very unsightly.
“How will the city plow snow?” she questioned. “They are within inches of the curb, and there will be nowhere to put the snow.
“My concern is that this will start happening all over Clintonville,” Bressette stated. “It may already be too late, but you need to ask yourselves if this is what you want Clintonville to look like.”
City Administrator Lisa Kuss stated that the boulders were not believed to be in the city’s right-of-way. “There are no regulations prohibiting the boulders unless there is an obstruction,” Kuss said. “So, the property owner is probably OK.”
“I’m not aware of any ordinances that would prohibit the boulders,” said City Attorney Tim Schmid.
Bressette requested that the Safety and Ordinance Committee review the matter. Mayor Judith I. Magee said the city would further investigate the matter.
The council went on to hear a report from Paul Denis of Schenck, SC regarding the city’s financial condition. “Overall, the 2009 audit shows the city as being in good financial shape,” Denis said. “All of the most critically significant items are in order, and the appropriate information is being reported by the city.”
Jon Baltmanis, candidate for the 40th Assembly district, also addressed the council, expressing his platform and candidacy.
Dr. Kerry Griebenow of Griebenow Eyecare Center also spoke to the council. Griebenow is offering a 20 percent discount on vision services to all city employees and their families.
Kuss went on to inform the council that Lunda Construction has completed their portion of the dam repair, noting that the bill for removing the damaged gate was $6,500. No bill for the installation of the new gate had yet been received, as the install job took longer than expected. Kuss also stated that Krueger Sign and Electric would be installing a new limit switch on the gate so that it operates properly.
The council also discussed the policy for false alarm fire calls. The city collects $250 for false alarm fire calls, and that money goes into the city’s accounts. It was discussed that the townships should get a portion of that amount, but it was said that the townships do not want to charge for false alarm calls or be responsible for billing and collections on false alarm calls. The city will continue to charge, while the townships have agreed not to charge for false alarm fire calls.
The council went on to approve the following:
? 2011 Municipal Court budget;
? Ordinance 1059-Board of Review alternates;
? Cutty Sark Bar-extension of premise area;
? Declare leafer and snow blower surplus; and
? Ordinance 1060-Repealing Industrial Park District paving requirements.