2017-09-13 / Front Page

Health Department is concerned about living conditions in 3 Flora properties

By Lauri Rice
Contributing writer

Angie Brown, Carroll County Health Department sanitarian, discussed living conditions at three Flora residences with the Flora Town Council Monday evening.

Brown has had continuous problems with an apartment building on Hoop St. She says the building is overrun with bedbugs, cockroaches, lice, and mice. Although she is not sure she has the authority to condemn a property, Brown has asked the Council to back her up with actions she takes toward making the property safe for residents to live in. Councilmen Vince Seward and Darrell Yoder said they would back her up and do whatever they can to help her out. Josh Ayres was not present.

A residence on South Division St. is overrun with cats. Neighbors and police officers have counted as many as 15 cats outside at once, and have been told there are many more inside. Brown has sent letters to the residence and spoken to the occupant, but has not been allowed inside the home to assess the situation. The occupant is in violation of Ordinance 2006-7 which states homes can have four dogs, five cats, or a combination not exceeding seven animals. The penalty is a daily fine. Although Carroll County now has Animal Control, that entity is focusing on dogs and cannot currently take cats.

Another residence on Hoop St. may not be connected to the town’s sewer system, but to a faulty septic system. Brown and neighbors have reported strong septic odors coming from the property. The Council tasked Wastewater manager Bill McCarty with investigating the situation and finding out whether the home is or is not connected to the sewer system.

2018 budget

A public hearing for the first reading of the 2018 budget was held Monday evening. The Council approved the first reading of the budget proposed at $2,950,600, which can be viewed online at budgetnotices. in.gov.

Other business

Stuber Construction of Peru will be working on the old school. Their bid of $52,327 for structural and aesthetic upgrades was the only one submitted. Construction is expected to begin this fall.

The three-year trash contract is up for review this fall. The Council lowered the trash limit to four bags or two barrels per residence for the next three-year contract. Currently trash pick-up is paid through property taxes, but this could change in the future.

Three residents on North Center St. asked the Town to consider paying a portion of their sewer lateral upgrade costs. These residents say they incurred extra costs in their upgrades because their laterals were not clearly marked by the Town. The Council declined helping with these costs, stating several other residents had similar issues and did not receive assistance.

Other reports

The Police Department reported six misdemeanor arrests, eight felonies, two citations, two parking tickets, eight warnings, 57 calls for service, four accidents, and five warrants. Police Chief Paul Redmon also presented the Council with information about installing video cameras downtown and at the park. More estimates must be sought before further action can be taken.

The Park Committee and Town employees are working on a system to drain storm water away from the new building in the park. Currently there are no storm drains in the park. The plan is to drain storm water toward an existing catch basin at Park Row.

The airport passed inspection after remediating some problems from the previous inspection. Utilities manager Ron Fritz stated as the bulbs burn out they are being changed with LEDs.

Three building permits were issued: Barry and Amy Sisson for a garage; Robert Draper for a house addition; and Kim Black for a new home.

Flora’s recycle truck has been broken down for two weeks. The Town borrowed a truck from Clinton County to pick up recycling. Flora’s truck is not yet fixed.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the town’s new solar park will be Sept. 27.

Town Offices will be closed Oct. 9 for Columbus Day.

The next meeting will be Oct. 2 at 6 p.m.

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