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Christmas spirit? Owner given more time to clean up property

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A property owner was given more time to clean up premises designated a nuisance.

The McCook City Council heard an update from the owner at 305 East 12th, at the regular meeting Monday night.

The McCook Health Board in August declared the property a nuisance and the council agreed at a prior meeting to give the owner time to remove the abandoned structures and overgrown vegetation.

Plans to tear down a vacant trailer were put on hold because of a live electrical wire, the owner told the council. The wire has since been removed and the owner said she is working with a person to tear down the structure.

Councilman Jerry Calvin said he drove by the property and asked that other problems be addressed while waiting for the trailer to be torn down, such as broken branches.

Councilman Aaron Kircher noted that the council's prior direction to the owner, before Councilman Calvin came on board, was the removal of the trailer. He added that taxpayer money was being saved with the owner cleaning up the area.

Councilman Calvin said he understood that but did not want a precedent being set by allowing so much time to resolve the issue.

Mayor Dennis Berry said the council originally focused on the trailer as it was the most visible nuisance on the property but also agreed that "everything else doesn't have to stop" when cleaning up the premises.

If you can't get to the trailer, get to what you can," he advised the owner.

At the end of the meeting Monday night, during Council Comments, Councilman Calvin passed on compliments to city staff he said he received from citizens concerning the recent snow removal.

Mayor Berry also said he's received kudos from the public for the quick snow removal job but added, smiling, "You're only as good as your last snow."

Addressing the council at the beginning of the meeting was citizen Dick Trail, who said he has called the city twice the past two months, to no avail, about a broken street light at an apartment complex he manages on West 14th.

Public Works Director Kyle Potthoff said that Nebraska Public Power District maintains the street lights and that the city notifies them when a light needs repair. Trail said that no one called him back to explain that and Potthoff responded that the city doesn't usually call back if it's a street light problem. He added that he would e-mail NPPD with the problem in the morning.

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