Hymera town council amends nuisance property ordinance, fields loose dog concerns
The Hymera Town Council took steps to ratify changes to its nuisance lots ordinance to better address eyesore properties.
Town Clerk-Treasurer Nicole Hall informed the board members that the ordinance already contained a measure that would allow the town to clean up properties and file the expenses as tax property liens.
However, the measure was never signed by the board that originally passed the amendment, requiring the current board to sign and put it into effect.
“If anybody hasn’t paid, if they haven’t paid by April,” Hall said, “you’re going to have a lien against your property taxes.”
“It was found that, in the past, taking people to court wasn’t successful,” board president Scot Enstrom said, explaining things usually weren’t followed through on and high attorney fees.
As part of this, the board also fielded concerns about dogs running loose in town.
In other business:
• A portion of the meeting turned tense when Darrick Cullison snapped at a resident who asked him what his work hours were.
• Town water and street superintendent Nick Cullison informed the council that he had managed to locate a leak in water lines that had been causing a substantial discharge.
“I just stopped it at the right place and just happened to get it,” he said. “We fixed that and we dropped 24 gallons a minute” in terms of lost water.
• Nick Cullison also told the council that the town will soon have to replace a hydrant near the town’s American Legion post.
• Darrick Cullison informed he had been called to assist a person whose vehicle had become stuck in an alleyway that had become excessively muddy from recent rainfall.
The vehicle and the process of extricating it from the mud caused major damage to the alleyway, and Cullison informed the council they may wish to pursue damage against the driver.