Paxton council tackles problem properties

One property owner attended the Paxton City Council meeting to ask for more time but the council directed its attorney Ross Sorensen to pursue legal action against the owner of a vacant house in the 200 block of East Patton.

Sorensen will issue a notice to appear to Stu Baier and start fining him for a vacant house with the front porch held up by 4 by 4 lumber with no other support. Sorensen has already asked for a court order dictating the hazard be removed by the owner by taking down the porch roof or building a porch underneath it.

Police Chief Bob Bane urged the fining to prove to residents that the city is willing to follow up on problem properties. Sorensen said he is not optimistic any approach will work to get Baier to comply.

Les Foster, the owner and resident of a home in the 400 block of West State apologized for not yet taking down scaffolding on the side of his house. He asked for another month and has been shingling a portion of the roof weather permitting. He has already removed most of the junk from his back yard. Bane said that set of scaffolding has been up for some 10 years after it replaced wooden siding in place for years before that.

Also, after meeting in executive session, the council voted to accept applications for two positions in the water department. Two employees have been terminated for not securing their initial water handling licensing by the state. It is a condition of their employment and both have been with the water department sufficiently long to obtain it.

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