Council members hear report from FDOT on Highway 77 project

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 02:40 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Chipley City Council decided to table the proposed “Private Property Standards” until the August workshop where the ordinance will be discussed.

The ordinance was on the agenda Tuesday for its first reading, but Mayor Linda Cain asked that the council wait until next month to put the ordinance up for first reading.

“I think we should discuss this more in-depth at the workshop,” she said.

City Administrator Dan Miner said the purpose of the ordinance is to address code violations, such as abandoned properties with overgrown lawns, by identifying the owners and getting the properties cleaned up.

To that end, the draft of the ordinance proposes the esablishment of an abandoned property registration program whereby the city would be able to locate owners of foreclosed properties and get them to “correct negative impacts and maintain the properties.”

The ordinance would require persons or companies responsible for the properties to post their names and contact information at the properties so the city could contact them if the abandoned property is not being maintained.

The council will further discuss the ordinance when it holds its August workshop at 5 p.m. on Aug. 1 at City Hall.

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