CLINTON — City Housing Inspector Mike Harmon offered the Clinton City Council Committee of the Whole a status of progress on repairs at a residence at 653 Sixth Ave. South on Tuesday night.

Harmon said he performed a re-inspection of the home on Monday and found several items had not been repaired. He said the front porch had been removed, but he feels now the area looks worse than it had before.

He remarked that during the inspection, Paul Meeks asked how to fix something and Harmon told Meeks that he could not advise him how to fix things, just say what needed to be done. Harmon said he is concerned that the work will not be done properly and asserted that cracked and broken tiles had been installed on the floor and holes in the walls were covered instead of repaired. He said there is no appreciable difference in the status of the home and still recommends it be placed on the demolition list.

Meeks told the council that the family had removed many things from the yard and is performing repairs with a limited amount of money. He said they are doing as much as possible, and if given more time, the issues would be fixed properly.

Harmon recounted a timeline of events relating to the property from the initial complaints and inspections to the present. He advised that a letter ordering the Hansen family to demolish the house by Sept. 28 has been issued. City Attorney Matt Brisch said a resolution to accept facts and findings regarding the residence could be placed on the next council agenda. Brisch said if the demolition is not complete at that time, the council can place the property on the demolition list.

Then the council discussed Traffic Study Commission recommendations regarding a parking ban on the north side of 12th Avenue North, east of 11th Street; and a load limit sign at the north end of the 1100 block of North 10th Street.

City Engineer Steve Honse explained the load limit sign was requested in response to several trucks utilizing 12th Avenue North, which presently is in “bad condition,” and said the city is trying to preserve 10th Street as well as it can.

At-Large Councilman Ron Mallicoat said 11th Street has had a load limit posted for many years but trucks still utilize the street. He said if the city is going to post a sign, he hopes it will be enforced. First Ward Councilman Bob Soesbe suggested City Administrator Gary Boden speak to the police department, noting if some tickets are issued for violating the limit, it may get the truck drivers’ attention.

Later, the committee discussed re-establishing an Internal Operations Committee. Boden said the IOC could be reconstituted in an effort to solicit more council input on issues such as computers, finance matters and operations and improve communication.

He also suggested At-Large Councilman Mark Vulich be an active participant with the committee because of his extensive computing background. Mallicoat said appointments to the committee are made by the mayor and a fourth council member is not allowed. He said perhaps one present member of the committee could step down and allow Vulich to serve on the committee.

At-Large Councilwoman Bette Oakley suggested the committee meet and discuss that possibility. Ward 3 Councilman and Committee Chairman Darrell Smith said a meeting of the committee would be called.

A motion regarding placing a resolution approving four budget modifications on the next council agenda for adoption was approved. During the city administrator’s report, Boden offered the COW an update on the development agreement between the city and Town and Country Development regarding the Mill Creek Crossing subdivision.

Boden said he believes a final solution has been reached and he expects to have a document ready for review by the council within the next week or two.

Finally, the COW entered closed session to discuss four items related to property acquisition.

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