2012-02-29 / Local News

Burlington Council continues property clean up efforts

By Susan Scholl

Burlington officials continue their efforts to clean up properties. Progress reports on those efforts were presented at the Feb. 14 council meeting. Marshal Hammond has been in contact with residents who have property issues that need attention.

The current status of what is referred to as the Spade property, now in foreclosure, was given by town attorney Justin Alter. Town officials want the property demolished as it is uninhabitable and a safety issue.

Alter said he talked to the attorney who has been assigned the property through the lien holder. The problem is, Alter said, the lien holder has so many other properties in foreclosure that have value, an abandoned property in this condition is very low priority.

If demolition is the goal, Alter reminded the council that the expense will be incurred by the town unless someone wants the property and will take care of the demolition.

Alter said he will send a letter to the lien holder pointing out again that the property, as is, is a liability, and work toward resolution.

Marshal Jill Hammond continues to be in contact with residents who have other property issues that need attention. OCRA grant

Councilman Stan Moore announced that Burlington is ineligible this year to apply for an Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs grant for wastewater system improvements due to a clerical error on the part of the grant administrator. He said the town will continue working on its income survey for the next grant cycle in 2013. County Chamber

Julia Leahy, executive director of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, invited the council to the March 14 Chamber luncheon. She requested that a town representative give a five-minute State of Burlington address at the luncheon. Other town leaders and the county are also being asked to participate.

Leahy told the leaders that one of the Chamber’s newest board members is from the Burlington community, Darren Redding. She also told about upcoming events, including the Chamber’s newest event, a Senior Expo, to be held Sept. 26 in the Burlington Park Community Building. Other business

The town has been notified by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) that the town’s compression brakes signs are in its right-ofway and must be removed.

Future signs must concern unacceptable noise levels and not that compression brakes cannot be used. The town first needs to establish an ordinance with maximum acceptable noise levels.

Steve Michael reported that he expects the new generator to be delivered the first week of March.

The marshal’s report for January included 26 calls for service, 4 warnings, 3 case reports, 1 citation, 1 accident, 1 criminal arrest, 1 VIN check, and 2 assists of other agencies.

Alter was instructed to research what the town can and cannot do regarding collection of delinquent sewage bills.

The Carroll County Multi Hazard Mitigation Plan was adopted.

The council will hold a work session to discuss the streets and other projects at 6 p.m. March 6 in the town hall. The next regular council meeting will be at 7 p.m. March 13 in the town hall.

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