Maplesville council approves 2013-2014 budget (updated)By Emily Beckett Published 10:05pm Monday, September 9, 2013
Smith asked the council to cut tall grass and overgrowth on Lot 6 on Mobile Street.
Smith said he had filed several complaints about the private property being in violation of town Ordinance 129 prohibiting overgrowth or structural issues that cause properties to be eyesores or safety hazards.
Several months ago, the council sent a letter notifying the owner of Lot 6 that the property was in violation of the ordinance, and the property was cleaned.
Since then, the property has become overgrown again.
The council approved for the street department to cut the grass and for the equipment and labor expenses of the cleanup to be assessed to the owner’s property taxes.
For the police department, the council approved Chief Todd Ingram’s recommendation to hire Jonathan Spivey as a reserve officer.
Court Clerk Cindy Brown presented the warrant report for the month of August, which started with 894 warrants and ended with 888 warrants.
Brown said the town issued 10 new warrants, recalled two and served 14, and $300 was collected for the Safe Streets Act.
Ingram said the police department took possession of the 2014 Ford Taurus it purchased.
The car contained most of the necessary police equipment, but the department had to purchase a radar for $1,475 and E-Citation equipment (for issuing traffic tickets) for about $800.
The department’s Chevy Impala was painted for $2,750 to match the other cars in the fleet.
Council member Richard Davis said he received compliments about Officer Bridgette Ellis for her help while responding to a wreck on Alabama Highway 191.