Authorities eye dangerous buildings, nuisance violations

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Law enforcement officials are eyeing dangerous buildings and other code violations in the City of Seligman.

During the Seligman City Council's August meeting, aldermen heard from Seligman Police Chief Marion Jacobson that several derelict buildings are under investigation. Jacobson also reported that five property owners received warnings concerning noxious weeds and high grass and three verbal warnings were issued concerning derelict vehicles.

In his report, Jacobson noted that 123 traffic stops, 89 citations and 34 warnings were issued in July.

Aldermen are still looking for a chairman and members to man the city's planning and zoning committee.

Mayor Jason Raucstadt was appointed director of Seligman Emergency Management operations. Raucstadt was also named wastewater representative for the city.

Aldermen are also seeking bids and options for installing a splash pad area in the park behind City Hall.

In other business, aldermen:

* Looked into adopting an ordinance prohibiting the sale of synthetic drugs inside the city limits.

* Amended an ordinance concerning utility billing and disconnection of service.

* Considered donating karate equipment in exchange for women's self-defense and stranger danger classes.

* Approved an ordinance for a contract with Medtox for drug testing services.

* Heard the monthly report from Brian Nichols, library director, concerning activity at the Seligman Library. There are 570 accounts with eight new patrons and five public access computers with 123 user log-ins.

* Increased test reimbursement from $400 to $520 to financially assist more students seeking their GED certificate.

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