Marmaduke plans stronger ordinance enforcement

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Ordinance 90 was discussed at length Monday night during the Marmaduke City Council meeting. Ordinance 90, which has been in the city books for sometime, requires all Marmaduke property owners to keep their premises free from unsightly and unsanitary conditions, such as uncut grass, accumulated garbage or stagnant pooled water that might become a breeding place for mosquitoes, flies or germs.

If a city property owner fails to comply with the ordinance, the city can order a city employee to enter the property to eliminate the unsanitary or unsightly condition with the property owner paying the cost of the action.

Mayor Nileane Drope said in the ordinance will be enforced more than it has in the past.

Other Business

In other business, the city council:

Voted to build a float and encouraged all Marmaduke businesses, churches and organizations to get involved with the upcoming Independence Day parade.

Heard from Police Chief Steve Franks that Marmaduke has applied for several different federal grants that could let the city hire another police officer. The officer could be part-time or fulltime or have an in-school detail.

Voted to raise the cost of city building permits. If the cost of the building is less than $5,000, the permit is $25. A building cost of $5,000 to $20,000 requires a $30 permit. A $20,000 to $80,000 building will require a $50 permit. A building with a cost over $80,000 will necessitate a permit costing $50 plus the cost of the building multiplied by .00005.

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