Chattahoochee City Council discusses changes to unsafe building code

The Chattahoochee City Council held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 4 at City Hall.

The first item on the agenda was a public reading by City Attorney Jennifer Shuler of City Ordinance 571, a proposed amendment of the city code regulating dangerous buildings. 

The ordinance would allow hearings on dangerous buildings before the city council or a special master, the providing of a reasonable time for compliance with orders, the repeal of inconsistent provisions, and the providing of severability and an effective date.

The ordinance was proposed because the city manager has had issues with being able to demolish certain dangerous buildings within the city limits.

This was the first public reading of the proposed amendment, which allowed for discussion by the council and citizens attending the meeting. 

There will be a second public reading at a future date, in which the council may decide to go forward with or reject the ordinance.

The next item on the agenda was an updated agreement with Rosedale Water Association, which purchases water from the city by the gallon.

City Manager Robert Presnell stated that minor changes were made to the base rate of water sold, as well as minor changes to the wording about maintenance responsibilities, but that it was essentially the same agreement that has existed for 20 years, and that both he and Rosewater were pleased with the new agreement.

The agreement was split into two parts: a purchase agreement and a service and maintenance agreement.

The council voted unanimously to approve both parts of the agreement.

The council also voted to approve both an Anti-Fraud and Abuse policy and Quality Control Quality Assurance procedures in order to comply with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program requirements.  

State law requires these policies in order for the city to receive CDBG funds, which will be used by the city for infrastructure improvements.

Presnell also asked the city council for permission to purchase a new police vehicle, a 2022 Ford Explorer, for $34,495. 

This is significantly less than the budget allowance of $45,000 already approved by the city council for a new police vehicle, and the council voted unanimously to approve the purchase.

Stephen Klein – Gadsden County News Service


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