A large crowd attended a recent meeting of Loyall City Council and lodged several complaints regarding high weeds, parking problems and high water in the streets.
Mapother Street resident Jack Clem asked if the city has an ordinance regarding keeping property “neat and clean.”
Mayor Clarence Longworth responded, saying the city does.
“Over by my house weeds are up about waist high,” said Clem. “I don’t know who to go to to complain about this. “
Longworth said this is a Nuisance Ordinance and the city has been lax in seeing it is enforced.
“I’d appreciate it if you could contact the owners and have them cut the weeds,” said Clem.
Longworth said he will “do his best” to get the weeds cut, adding he will have his police officer begin issuing warnings on violation of this ordinance.
Courtney Street resident Betty Stump, who lives and owns an apartment building on that street, lodged a complaint about high water on the street in front of her apartment building and parking for her tenants.
Stump said every time it rains the entire street is covered with water. She said none of her tenants are able to park near their homes when this happens.
“I’ve ask for the past several years if that drain could be cleaned out,” said Stump. “Every time it rains the water is over the top of their shoes and they can’t park and wade water.”
Street Department Supervisor Mark Duff said he has tried to unstop this drain. On the last attempt, he said they put a fire hose in the drain and it blew water up through the sidewalks.
“Some of those old drains are clay tile and I think a lot of them have collapsed,” said Longworth. “We have several throughout town. We will try to address this Betty.”
Duff said he might be able to cut a trench and drain the area when it rains.
Stump said people attending an exercise class at the old Loyall School gymnasium were taking parking spaces on the street her tenants use and tenants are having to go out late at night after the class is over and move their vehicles. She said the city has two parking lots and announcements need to be made to those attending exercise classes to use the parking lots instead of parking spaces for residents.
Linda McGirt, who lives in the Courtney Street apartments owned by Stump, said she is handicapped and has no place to park near her apartment when classes are held.
“I can’t park in the city parking lots, but these people coming to Loyall to these exercise classes are able to walk from the designed city parking lots,” said McGirt. “Something needs to be done.”
Longworth said he’d like to be able to mark parking spaces, but the city doesn’t have the funds to purchase the paint. He said the city parking lots do need to be utilized by those attending classes at the gymnasium.
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