October 13, 2005

Property Issues Highlight October Memphis City Council Meeting

The Memphis City Council took action on a pair of properties that were the subject of public hearings prior to the October 6 council meeting.

The council voted 3-0 to have City Attorney David Peppard proceed with action against the property located at 134 S. Market Street. The property owner had failed to respond to correspondence from the city declaring the building unsafe per city code 505.020.

The city also received a report from the county health inspector regarding the property at 131 N. Washington. The inspector declared the site a public nuisance. The council voted to have Peppard begin legal proceedings on this property as well.

During the citizen participation portion of the meeting Leon Wheeler addressed the board of aldermen regarding a property across from his residence on Orchard Street. He noted several items that needed to be removed from the site. The council voted to turn the investigation of the property over to the police department.

Baker Estate

Correspondence was received regarding a proposed donation from the Harry Baker Estate. The letter indicated a substantial portion of the estate had been designated for the creation of a trust fund for the Memphis Cemetery. The council voted to accept the bequest and moved to have the city treasurer establish a new financial account for the funds.

Building Permits

Four building permits were approved at the October 6th meeting. Alderman Teresa Skinner presented four permits that had been recommended for approval by the planning and zoning board following its October 4th meeting.

The council approved permits for 222 Watkins Street for a manufactured home for Brian and Cindy Brush; 523 E. Madison Street for Donovan and Leslie Troutman for a garage; 436 N. Cecil for Lorraine Kapfer for an addition to the home; and 641 N. Cecil for Danny and Sharon Priebe for a garage.


The aldermen agreed to solicit bids for the city’s group health, dental and general liability insurance services.


Light Plant – Superintendent Mike Ahland indicated his crew had been busy in September generating power at the plant. Other activities included mowing, maintenance, and yard-waste pickups.

Line Crew – Superintendent Dave Kittle informed the council that the hi-ranger had been taken to Brunswick for maintenance work on cables and chains. The department also replaced a water pump on a pickup and continued work on the lights on the city square.

Street – Superintendent Roy Monroe requested council permission to solicit bids for the sale of the old pool shelter roof. He also informed the board that the storm drain on East Madison Street near the Madison House is in need of repairs.

Monroe reported the ditch on Knott Street located adjacent to the Joe Rossi property is partly owned by the city. The council instructed Monroe to have the ditch cleaned out.

Water – A written report was read from Superintendent Dennis Howard. The report stated that Nutri-Ject had begun cleaning out the water waste pond and was roughly half finished. Repairs have been made to the sewer main running into the lagoon. The ISO inspection had been completed in the city with a dozen hydrants being flow tested. The report is expected in six months.

Aldermen Reports

Alderman Skinner reported the planning and zoning committee selected the following term limits for the newly appointed members: Jim McClintic (chairman), Hughie Cline and Jay Brush – 1 year; Laura Schenk and Mark Barrett – 2 years; Ronnie Young – 3 years; and Brian Brush 4 years.

Skinner also requested placement in the newspaper of a notice regarding merchant license requirements. She noted receiving complaints regarding auctions being conducted on the city square. The city clerk was asked to review regulations regarding the issue. Skinner also asked about weight limits on city streets after receiving complaints of heavy-truck traffic on Browning Street. Monroe stated there are no weight limits but suggested a “not a truck route” sign could be installed on the road.

Alderman Ron Gardner informed the council that skate board ramps had been erected on the Johnson Park tennis courts. He requested that the ramps be removed.

Alderman William Reckenberg asked about progress on lowering Ridge Street. The city clerk was asked to request a progress report from the city attorney.

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