Council continues Atmore clean up

Published 10:48 pm Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Atmore City Council is continuing its efforts to rid Atmore of grass and weed nuisances within the city limits, as well as unauthorized dumping of trash and other materials.

Beginning in early summer this year, the council has approved four resolutions to clean up an estimated 80 to 100 properties that have been deemed as having grass and weed overgrowths and/or unsafe substandard structures on the premises.

In addition to passing the most recent resolution during Monday’s regular meeting, the council also discussed several complaints concerning the dumping of unauthorized materials into the Brushy Creek Watershed in the area of Gray Street and Oak Hill Drive. The council entertained the possibility of fencing off portions of the watershed and increasing the monitoring of the area in order to eliminate further dumping.

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Council member Chris Walker said he has received several complaints concerning people transporting building materials and large household items to the area in trucks, vans and other vehicles. The maximum fine for unauthorized dumping is $500.

The fourth wave of this year’s citywide clean up includes 18 properties that have received, or will soon receive, a formal notice of the need to eliminate a nuisance.

Atmore Code Enforcement Officer Greg Vaughn said the properties left on the list are being addressed in order of priority based on where they are located and whether or not they pose a safety risk.

Addresses on the resolution include 215 11th Ave., 239 Adams St., 198 E. Ashley St., 108 Avenue D., 134 Carver Avenue, 167 Carver Ave., 170 Crow St., 174 Harris St., 164 Maxwell St., 172 Maxwell St., 208 Old Bratt Road, 114 Short St., as well as lots on Swift Street, Carver Avenue, North Main Street, Brown Street and North 8th Avenue.

Vaughn said the properties are in different stages of the clean up process, including several that are being taken care of with the help of the property owners at no cost to the city.