The Centre City Council’s recent meeting expanded upon the city’s cleanup efforts setting its sights on abandoned houses.
According to Mayor Tony Wilkie, the city’s dilapidated structure cleanup campaign is producing results. Owners of some of the properties have cooperated with City officials so far, however there are some the city will have to take legal steps against to get the condemned houses removed.
Building Inspector Raymond Matthews asked the Council to approve the demolition of one such house on College Street, with all council members voting in favor of this to be handled legally by City Attorney Al Shumaker. Mayor Wilkie says these cases would likely be brought forward by Matthews to the Council in future meetings.
Councilwoman Kay Davis announced that the date for Centre’s Spring Clean Up Week has been set for April 22nd-26th. City Hall will have trash bags available for citizens to pick up if needed, and residents are encouraged to help clean the city. Trash may be placed at the side of the road to be picked up by the City, and items such as paint, batteries, and tires will be prohibited.
The council members also approved the purchase through Verizon for GPS devices in 13 Centre Police units. The GPS units will be purchased alongside the harnesses and that, along with the installation fees will come to a total of $390. The monthly costs for the GPS service will be $247, or a total of $2,964 per year. The initial term will be for one year, with the Police Department handling the costs for getting the units, harnesses, and installation and the city handling the monthly fees. After that first year, the Council will discuss extending the deal with Verizon.
To close, the City Council expressed their gratitude to the Centre, Cedar Bluff, Spring Creek, and Leesburg Fire Departments for their quick response at the four-alarm fire at the 200 building of Cherokee Manor Apartments on Monday, March 25th, and to the Manor employees for keeping the residents safe.
The Centre City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month with a work session at 4:30 p.m. and the regular meeting at 5:00 p.m. at Centre City Hall in the Council Chambers.