Residents want nuisance properties demolished
by Daniel Gaddy
May 19, 2012 | 1096 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — Talk of abandoned homes dominated much of Carbon Hill’s City Council meeting Thursday.

During the public comments section, two residents asked Mayor Chris Hart why city workers have not demolished several abandoned or neglected structures.

“It’s an eyesore, and a grown-up field would look better than these things,” said resident Gene Matthieu.

Hart said he spoke with representatives from the Alabama League of Municipalities about the city’s options for demolishing the nuisance properties. However, he said he will not order any work on the structures until the city’s attorneys okay it.

Hart said the city has dealt with lawsuit after lawsuit for the last four years, and he does not want to do something that would open Carbon Hill up to more litigation.

The residents asked if the city’s ordinance regarding nuisance properties could not help speed the process along.

Carbon Hill Police Chief Heath Allred said some ordinances call for the city to go to civil court to be granted the authority to demolish a structure deemed as a nuisance. He suggested a work session in which city leaders could find out which options they have with Carbon Hill’s current ordinance.

In other business:

•Council member Jacque Allred announced the city’s pool and splash pad will open on May 28, and those interested in booking a party can call Christy Parr at 205-471-9226.

•Mayor Hart announced city leaders will accept applications for an opening in the city’s Industrial Development Board until the council’s next meeting on June 7.

•The council voted to allow Mayor Hart to discuss moving a power meter from a fuel tank used by the city and add the pump to the meter used for the Carbon Hill Community Center. Council member Chris Pschirer said simply losing the second meter will save the city around $20 a month.

•The council heard a comment from Gene Matthieu, who requested the council look into repairing the floor in the city jail.

•Chief Allred told the council that he promoted Carbon Hill police officer Matt Dozier to an investigator.