After passing a new definition of buildings for its utilities code to limit how long a temporary building can sit in town, Milner city council turned its eye on blighted properties. The new code broadly defines a building and limits those permitted for temporary use to a fourmonth period before it must be hooked up to utilities.On nuisance code violations, city manager Harold Wilson noted one person on the list to be sent a warning letter called city hall asking for help in cleaning up his property.’He’s in very poor health,’ said Wilson at the May 9 meeting. ‘We found him at least one volunteer.’Another case involves two houses on a lot that has split ownership between an attorney and two heirs.One of them needs to come down, said Wilson. However, the property is also involved in a bankruptcy and a lawsuit.’It’s really not to your financial advantage to get involved,’ said city attorney Scott Mayfield. ‘There are 15 vehicles on the site that are owned by the tenant. We can move on that.’Council also: ’¢ Noted revenue is up from budget expectations though invoices for fire station improvements and police grant reimbursal expenses have not yet been received.’¢ Heard the first payment has been made on water and sewerage line replacement on Moore Street, with the last payment being withheld pending a final inspection. Negotiations are ongoing with Lamar County to get it repaved. Jeremiah Morris asked that speed bumps be added due to speeders and a recent DUI.Council tabled a suggestion to add speed limit signs and consider rumble strips during paving instead.’¢ Heard the newer, simplified city charter was approved by the state and will be sent to the printers for re-codification.’¢ Heard Mayor Joe Bostwick was nominated as third vice president of the Georgia Municipal Association District IV for 2012-13.’¢ Heard another 420 feet of sidewalk construction on Main Street has been let.
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