NEW HAVEN — Beautification and repair dominated discussion at the most recent meeting of the New Haven Town Council.
Mayor Charles Yonker discussed 10 dilapidated properties where he would like to have structures torn down. The mayor told council members he is working with two foundations in an attempt to get funding to have the houses razed. The council agreed that more discussion on the matter would be forthcoming.
A lease agreement, drawn up by Yonker, was approved by the council for the property at First and George streets. The property contains the old pump house, according to Recorder Roberta Hysell, and allows Mike and Chastity Young to repair, update, paint and continue maintenance.
Two bids were received to repair a fence at 128 Mill St. due to a water leak. The council voted to accept the low bid, which was submitted by S&H Builders of New Haven.
It was reported that Bernita Allen, volunteer manager of the Bend Area Community Center, had two Wahama High School students clear vines and brush from the fence surrounding the tennis courts. The teens volunteered for the job in exchange for school community service hours.
In other business, the council:
- Approved building permits for June Kessinger and Tonya Buzzard;
- Heard a complaint regarding the lack of police escort at a recent parade;
- Approved increasing the limit of the open revolving line of credit at Farmers Bank from $20,000 to $30,000;
- Heard a report from Police Chief David Hardwick on a variety of matters, including the possibility of a metro police force;
- Discussed the need for a town floodplain administrator;
- Discussed concern over the road condition leading to the Haven Heights area; and,
- Approved the minutes, financial report, and accounts payable.
- Attending, in addition to the mayor and recorder, were council members Amy Gordon, Jim Elias, Jessica Howard, Kenneth Vickers, and Vinson Jarrell.