By Karen Daniels
The City of Meadows Place has an interesting format during their monthly City Council meetings. At the end of each meeting, the floor is opened to audience members who wish to voice their thoughts – for three minutes. Because their council meetings are well attended by residents, this can attract a lot of comments. But it’s not all complaints. Some people use this time to commend the City for a job well done.
At the November meeting, two agenda items were discussed that prompted many audience members to speak. The first topic was about the streets shifting and heaving due to last summer’s drought and this fall’s rain shortage.
Mayor Jessup is currently looking into ways to raise funds to fix the roads. One way, he suggested, was to add a “Road Use Fee” of approximately 10% onto the current garbage collection which is $18.10 per month. With a potential new revenue of $1.81, in one year’s time approximately $33,600 would be available for road services.
Mayor Jessup said that he wants the public’s input on this matter and a public hearing would be scheduled next year when the City and Council have more information gathered.
Of the two people who spoke about this during the audience comments time, one was a civil engineer who praised the City for recognizing the streets need attention, but warned that $33,600 would not be enough money.
The second citizen to speak suggested that the City aggressively seek renters for the shopping strip located at West Airport and Kirkwood.
The second topic was the lack of a Code Enforcement officer. The City has posted the job and so far has received 17 applications. They plan to start interviewing in December to fill the job.
Until the position is filled, and depending on the gravity of the situation, either the police department or public works will handle all calls and complaints. An audience member asked why this position wasn’t filled sooner. The Mayor explained that the prior Code Enforcer left the job suddenly, not giving the City much time to react.