Council approves purchase of industrial park land

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 01:06 PM.

Russell said he would be in touch with Kent when the park committee next met so he could discuss the clock tower idea with the full committee.

“I also would like to see us put a flag there, like the one down by the interstate,” the mayor said.

Holland said there were grants available to fund a clock tower, adding that of the $500,000 spent for the Massachusetts clock tower, 80 percent of the project was funded by the federal government, and 20 percent was funded by the state.

In other business, the council tabled private property standards ordinance until the next workshop.

The council discussed the need for an ordinance at the workshop on June 6 to allow the city to clean up overgrown lots. The workshop discussion also included whether or not artificial flowers should be displayed in a lawn.

“The real intent is to have an ordinance so we can clean up some of the overgrown lots,” City Administrator Dan Miner said. Ultimately, for properties that have been abandoned, it often falls to the city to clean up the property, and the ordinance would allow the city to recoup the expense of the cleanup.

The council also tabled discussion of a solicitation ordinance, which is being considered in response to the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee were in Chipley on April 8 in front of the Post Office, calling for the impeachment of  President Barack Obama, the passage HR 129, and selling memberships to the PAC.

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