At Thursday’s workshop, Chipley City Council discussed a number of proposed ordinances aimed at city maintenance.
The workshop was held at City Hall, 1442 Jackson Ave. The council meets in regular session at City Hall on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
One newly proposed policy, titled Uniform Policy for Conveyance of Property, provides guidance on how the City would proceed in the sale or donation of city-owned properties. The proposed policy is partly in response to the council’s discussion last month of a memorandum from City Attorney Michelle Jordan to City Administrator Dan Miner regarding an inquiry from a private purchaser into the old Chipley Motel property.
Currently, according to city officials, there is no uniformed policy in place that provides procedures for conveyance of property.
The council also discussed a proposed ordinance that amends and revisits private property standards and abatement of nuisances. The ordinance would give code enforcement authority to access private property that is in violation. Also, it allows the City to clean up properties without having to take titles, officials said.
“It gives (code enforcement) a right to enter property and clean it up, of course you’re going to assess that – you’re going to put a lien on it,” Miner said. The normal path of ingress to a piece of property would still be required, he added.
The proposed amendments also broaden the list of what may be considered a nuisance. Some of the language listing such nuisances is vague, for example, “obnoxious odors,” “dense smoke ... in unreasonable quantities” and “any accumulation of stagnant water … on any lot or piece of ground.” Of the latter, Council member Brett Butler seemed most concern with, questioning the amount of water deposited during heavy rain spells which leave properties practically flooded for days.
Jordan said she would consider “stagnant water” as water that does not drain. She will provide an official definition for it in the amended policy, she said.
The final proposed ordinance discussed Thursday that addresses maintenance involves semi-trucks parking. The proposed ordinance would prohibit oversized vehicles from parking in residential districts at any time.
Oversized vehicles are defined as vehicles more than 20 feet in length and more than eight feet in height.
The discussion led Jordan to recommend the council consider look into drafting a policy that regulates on which streets oversized vehicles could travel. Apparently, according to officials, some residential roads are being damaged by semi-trucks on route to other destinations.