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Concerns raised over unkempt property
, Courier Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 10:00 AM
A Carrollton resident approached the Carrollton City Council on Monday to state a concern about unkempt property.
Pat Giles told council members that a warehouse on Seventh Street is littered with trash, but a hole on the property concerns him the most. He described the hole as about eight feet deep and six feet wide without any caution tape or warning of any kind.
Giles said he is worried that someone might fall into the hole. He fears that once in the hole, a person might not be heard if they screamed for help.
A lifelong resident of Carrollton, Giles said he has always though Carrollton was a nice town, but the conditions around his home are changing his outlook.
"I've always been proud of Carrollton," he said, "but for the last two years, I'm not proud."
Mayor Gene McMurry noted that the property is thought to be in bankruptcy proceedings, and no repairs could be made during that time. He requested that the city attorney look into what action the city might be able to take because of public safety.
City attorney G. Edward James said he would look into the situation to see if the property is in bankruptcy and what the city could do to clean the property.
James plans to speak with Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold "Shorty" Tomlinson before possibly cleaning the property and placing a lien for the cost of clean up. Residents should have an answer by the next city council meeting on Jan. 28, McMurry said.
"We need to make sure we do something," James said.
During the meeting, Bob Nance with InLineAdz made a presentation on social media management for Two Rivers Campground. Nance's company offers management of social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter and others.
"Doing (social media) wrong is like not doing it at all," Nance said. "This is an open line of communication to customers."
Services include maintenance of social media pages and updating Facebook posts and photos, as well as posting on Twitter multiple times a day. Nance offered the services to the council for $200 a month under a one year contract.
Council members discussed existing social media pages for the campground, as well as the budget for the rest of the year.
"I think we've got to see how (already existing advertising) works out," Council member Mike Gordon said.
Council member Robb Adams agreed.
"I don't think this is something we can do right now," Adams said, noting the council might consider something like this during the upcoming budget hearings.
Other people at the meeting said high school students in the Student Technology Leadership Project might be willing to help with social media strategies for the campground at a cheaper rate.
In other business:
Brent Graves with Powered On discussed Wi-Fi connections throughout the city. In the last 30 days, over 1,115 individuals used the city's services with over 500,000 connections.
"It's effective," Graves said. "People are using it."
Graves said the Wi-Fi service was never meant for families to use as a primary Internet service. Instead, the service was to be used as a supplement while on the go in town. Graves also discussed other locations to place another antenna to extend the coverage.
Council members approved McMurry's appointment of Paula Williams to the city's Board of Adjustments. Williams replaces Patsy Stewart after her resignation from the board at the end of the year.
A public forum with several city entities will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the Carroll County Middle School.
Council members approved a letter of commitment for the Carrollton Main Street Program. Main Street Manager Sam Burgess said the letter is a standard annual renewal with the national organization.
The police and fire departments gave reports for December. Police Chief Michael Willhoite said 80 children were part of the department's Shop with a Cop program, and the event went well. Fire Chief Greg Beck noted runs for this month were lower than the last. Beck also gave year-end reports about some of the programs hosted by the department, such as Crusade for Children and the Halloween event that continues to grow each year.
Burgess said that five new businesses opened in Carrollton during 2012. Two businesses closed during 2012, but two other businesses are already looking to open in early 2013, he said.
Rhonda Riley with Carroll County Tourism told council members adventure tourism appears to be on the rise. The mudathlon, which was held in Carrollton last year, will return to the area on Mother's Day weekend. More than 1,000 people participated in the event last year, and the group has a goal of 2,500 participants this year.
"It's an event where people spend the night," Riley said.
She said the event will have economic benefits for restaurants and other businesses.
People have also been asking about the annual barbecue event at Point Park in September. Riley said more information will be available after the Kansas City Barbeque Society approves the dates.
McMurry said Brent Leite plans to open a canoeing and kayaking business in Carrollton this year and hopes to work with the city to find a river launch site for the new business. More information will be made available as plans are determined.
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