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Bend meeting heats up over code enforcement

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Staff Writer

Tempers flared at the Horseshoe Bend City Council meeting May 17 when Alderman Smiley Lenhard accused Mayor Bob Spears of not enforcing the "clean city" ordinance.

Lenhard said code enforcement officer Carl Boles wasn't doing his job. "Mayor, things aren't being done and I want the council or you to tell me who is responsible for making sure the code enforcement officer is doing his job," said Lenhard.

Spear said Boles was doing an excellent job and Lenhard was asking too much of a part-time employee.

Lenhard accused the mayor and council of making excuses.

"I'm not making excuses Smiley. You're asking too much from an employee who only works a few hours a week" said Spear.

Lenhard said, "Someone from this city should take responsibility for this and I'm tired of using my time and gas."

Alderman Erv Metzinger told Lenhard the problem had been corrected and he needed patience. Lenhard responded by saying he's had enough patience.

"You make it sound like we're doing nothing, Smiley. I think you're blowing smoke," said Metzinger.

Alderman George Williamson said he reviewed the code enforcement officer's report and Boles needs to do a more thorough job.

Williamson said there is a yard with a rundown bus in it and Boles hasn't issued a citation to the property owners, even though they've been cited before.

"I will certainly look into that," said Spear.

In other council news, Alderman Mike Turner turned in his letter of resignation effective June 1. Turner said he and his wife sold their house and are moving to Illinois. "I think you've done a great job for your ward and the city of Horseshoe Bend," said Spear.

Alderman George Florea said he had potential candidates in mind to replace Turner. Spear said the city would run an ad in the paper and prospective candidates for Turner's seat would be interviewed before the June council meeting.

The mayor also welcomed the council's newest member, Barbara Bell. Bell replaced Alderman George Evans who resigned because he is moving to Florida.

The council unanimously approved three new ordinances. City Ordinance 2004-05 says in the event the mayor and the recorder/treasurer are out of town, the Finance Committee chairman would become the mayor pro-temp in an emergency situation. If the chairman is out of town or incapacitated the vice chairman would take his place.

Ordinance 2004-06 says the Board of Zoning Adjustments must meet monthly, instead of quarterly. Ordinance 2004-07 changes the zoning code on the Woodland Greens Project from an S-1 to an R-1 designation. The change was made because the property will be used for residential, not commercial purposes.

The Finance Committee recommended the council approve the mowing bid submitted by Richard Neil for $125 a month. The council approved the contract bid.

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