The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 15, 2013

Council sets hearing for overgrown properties

By Jean Cole

ATHENS — In their quest to cleanup overgrown or dilapidated property citywide, Athens City Council members scheduled hearings on two more problem properties.

During their regular meeting Monday, the council scheduled public hearings for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 on declaring as public nuisances properties at 716 Westmoreland Ave.  and 701 Hereford Drive due to overgrown weeds or vegetation.

“The city has done good job on tearing down (dilapidated buildings) and cutting these lots this year,” Council President Harold Wales said.

In other business Monday, the council took the following action:

• Held a public hearing to take comments on the proposed sale of alcoholic beverages at Hometown Market in Athens No. 2, which is located at 100 U.S. 31 South, Suite H. Hometown recently bought the store from Piggly Wiggly.

• Approved $261 in travel expenses for the Electric Department so Chris Haney could attend a utility tech training program in Auburn;

• Rescheduled the first council meeting in November to Tuesday, Nov. 12, because the Veterans Day holiday falls on Monday, Nov. 11.

• Authorized an easement across a small strip of city property to the Armory Commission of Alabama so it could park school buses there. The easement amounts to about .31 acres;

• Agreed to revise the organizational chart for Cemeteries, Parks and Recreation Department to allow for a long-term, part-time position of recreation assistant. Director Ben Wiley said the department has had a person performing this function on a part-time basis for some time. However, the change would allow the department to provide greater weekend service and enhance its year-round service as well as comply with state retirement system regulations governing part-time employees.