Releasing lien on property raises questions

By RON HARRIS
Posted 8/2/17

Daily Mountain Eagle

After a brief discussion, Jasper City Council members agreed to release a lien on a property at 1603 Barker Street.

The vote to release the lien came after council member Willie Moore questioned whether the practice would …

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Releasing lien on property raises questions

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Daily Mountain Eagle

After a brief discussion, Jasper City Council members agreed to release a lien on a property at 1603 Barker Street.

The vote to release the lien came after council member Willie Moore questioned whether the practice would be available to all residents who currently own property that’s being held under a lien by the city.

“Will that be available to everyone?” Moore asked.

City clerk Kathy Chambless said city attorney Russ Robertson is working on an ordinance that would clarify the issue. The new ordinance should be completed by mid September, Chambless said.

The motion passed 3-1, with Moore voting against releasing the lien. Council member Gary Cowen was not at Tuesday’s council meeting.

The lien was placed on the property after it was filed under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance. The property has since been sold and has a new owner, who wants to clean up the property.

The city currently holds liens on approximately 200 properties, Robertson said.

In other business, council members:

•approved minutes of the July 18 meeting.

•approved parade permits for the following:

— the Jasper Main Street’s Jasper Eats program on Aug. 11-12 in downtown Jasper from 5 until 10 p.m.

Organizers are expecting between 300 and 500 people to attend.

— A Hope for Women one-mile Walk for Hope, planned for Saturday, Aug. 26, beginning at 9 a.m.

The event will begin on the courthouse square in downtown Jasper.

— Westside Baptist Church’s Community Fun Day, set for Saturday, Aug. 26, from 3:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the church.

The event is open to the public.

•adopted an amendment to the city’s budget for line-item adjustments for the city’s streets department and city jail.

•approved a request from city purchasing agent Derleda Abrom to send out bid invitations for dual wall polyethylene pipe and eight-yard slant cans (commercial garbage cans).

•approved a request from Abrom to purchase two vehicles for the Jasper Police Department.

Abrom introduced a request to purchase a water jetter for the Jasper Waterworks and Sewer Board, and numerous items for the Jasper Public Library.

•adopted a resolution to set costs for a property placed under the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance, and adopted a resolution to place several properties under the ordinance for overgrown grass and weeds.

•adopted a resolution to vacate a portion of Park Street near Marion Garden Apartments.

•adopted an ordinance to annex property at 248 Scenic Ridge Drive.

The property is located in District 2, just off Arkadelphia Road.

•held a public hearing and adopted an ordinance to adopt the 2015 International Building Codes and the 2014 National Electrical Code.

•heard from Mayor David O’Mary, who praised the Jasper Police Department for its role in Sunday’s escape of 12 inmates at the Walker County Jail.

“When you think about 12 escapees, with the jail located in a highly populated area, to have 11 back in custody within 24 hours is remarkable,” O’Mary said. “It was a stellar piece of work on our police department’s part.”

Moore also praised the city’s police department for its work during the jail break.

After a brief executive session, the council voted to settle a pending lawsuit involving a city employee.