City council approves grass, weed cost reports

Published 10:24 am Wednesday, March 24, 2021

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The Atmore City Counci approved cost reports for grass and weed nuisances during its March 22 meeting.

Last November, the city council adopted resolution 2020-30, which allowed code enforcement to enter properties and address grass and weed nuisances. From which, a list was created and presented to the city council.

Greg Vaughn, with the city’s building department, said Monday the council allowed the department to enter the properties and abate the nuisance.

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The cost reports, which were provided to each councilmember, detail how much it cost to abate the nuisance on each of the properties.

“Upon approval, these amounts will be taken to the tax collector and applied to these properties’ taxes,” Vaughn said.

In other business, the council:

• approved to be a part of the Municipal Debris Removal Fund. The fund is a part of the league of municipalities, and refunds cities a matching amount after a storm passes through; and,

• awarded a police vehicle bid to Johnson Ford for $34,966.14 per unit.

City Councilwoman Eunice Johnson addressed the council chamber, asking residents to remain patient on the ongoing community clean up effort.

She said a couple gentlemen from the Latter-Day Saints volunteered to clean up around neighborhoods.

Additionally, the city council is beginning to try and put together a food drive, Johnson said.

“Right now, we’re still taking contributions,” she said. “If you like to donate toward this cause, we’ll continue to give back to the community.”

Vaughn also addressed mobile homes in District 3.

“We get a lot of questions on mobile homes,” Vaughn said. “Anytime there are questions on mobile homes, the easiest answer is to come see Chris (Black) and I.”

Vaughn said mobile homes are allowed in a R3 district, which is more densly-populated and has smaller properties.

Vaughn said the city also has a zoning map detailing where mobile homes are allowed, however. The map is located on the city’s website and outside of Vaughn’s office.

“Just because mobile homes are allowed on the location doesn’t mean you can put one there,” he said. “There are other things that have to be considered. They have to be in good condition, there are set back requirements, property values and you have to have utilities. That’s the short version.

“It has to have a hud label,” he said. “If it is a mobile home that is from a dealer, it has to have a resale decal. If you buy from an individual, Chris and I have to inspect it.”