Butterfield to charge for mowing

Thursday, July 24, 2008

On June 16, the Butterfield City Council voted to begin charging property owners for mowing services that are provided by city employees.

Due to a request submitted by property owner Mary Vetrano, Butterfield City Clerk Georgia Wenell asked the aldermen what the city should charge property owners for mowing services that are completed after a nuisance abatement letter has been issued. Vetrano, who resides in Mesa, Ariz., told Wenell that she is unable to address the nuisance herself.

After some discussion, the council voted to begin charging $60 per hour for mowing services. The rate will be charged for all mowing services that city employees provide in response to nuisance complaints.

The aldermen also voted to rent a Brush Hog from Wildcat Rentals, Inc., for one week. After all properties that have received nuisance letters are mowed, property owners will be sent bills for the services. Liens will be placed on properties owned by individuals who choose not to pay for the mowing services.

In old business, the aldermen hired Chris Utter and Carl Brown as temporary part-time city employees at the rate of $10 per hour. Utter and Brown will primarily be working on the city's water line extension project, which will extend city utilities to homes located near the bridge on Business 37 in Butterfield.

All three homes located in the area will be required to hook onto the city water services as soon as the utility extension project is complete. Installation and road cutting fees will be charged for each water service connection. The entire project is expected to cost between $20,000 and $25,000.

The council also heard that the Butterfield Community Building Board will pay for the community facility's roof repair project. The project will be funded by monies that have been donated to the community building board.

In April, the council received a $7,800 bid from Kevin Stewart and a $6,950 bid from Conklin Roofing Systems for the roof repair project. The Butterfield Community Building Board accepted Stewart's bid, which included a 30-year warranty. The project was completed earlier this month.

In other business, the Butterfield City Council:

* Clarified a variance that was previously granted to Mike Young, of MCY Investments.

*Discussed installing a sign on First Street to prohibit large commercial trucks.

* Tabled a discussion on building codes and enforcement policies until the Sept. 15 council meeting.

* Heard an update on a proposed storm siren project.

* Voted to vacate Front Street at Fifth Street.

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