CASPIAN— Caspian residents in violation of the blight ordinance can soon expect to be issued a citation, following a discussion during the February meeting of the City Commission.
Commissioner Mark Stauber brought up the issue, suggesting that the city could possibly work with Iron River in sharing a blight officer. He noted several violations in Caspian and similar concerns in Iron River.
“There are houses that have had furniture outside for months,” he said. He added that he realized Caspian Police Officer Jeremy Allen has a lot on his hands, but he hoped for some contact to be made with those in violation, possibly a letter or phone call from City Manager John Stokoski.
Allen told the commission that he would address the situation and issue citations to those who continue to be in violation.
The commission passed a resolution designating Stokoski as the street administrator, as required by Act 51.
Commissioner Tony Dallavalle addressed the issue of street paving, wondering if it was an appropriate time to request paving bids, as prices are normally lower this time of year.
No road work has been done for the past two years due to the sewer project, prompting the commission to discuss a spring meeting involving street inspections, which will determine where paving would most benefit the city.
After a recent court ruling in favor of the city, the commission voted to name a new street. The street is a short east-west section between Brady Avenue and the Northeast Products property. The commission chose the name Old Brady Avenue. A street sign will be ordered.
Mayor Gary Sabol brought up water tank issues. Recent repairs to water line leaks have caused a decrease in the amount of water being pumped from the city’s 250,000-gallon water tank.
Sabol said that since not enough water has been moving around in the tank, freezing is becoming a problem. He thought the city may need to look at getting a smaller tank. The city uses approximately 60,000 to 70,000 gallons per day.
The lack of movement can contribute to freezing in the winter and the possibility of bacteria in the summer.
Stokoski mentioned the need for a tank inspection in the near future, adding that it will need to be sand-blasted, primed and painted, inside and out, in the next few years.
Rosalie King was appointed to the city Board of Review, after a motion from Stauber and support from Commissioner Jody Menghini.
A land purchase bid was awarded to Stephen Horton in the amount of $902 for a parcel of land at the end of Third Street.