GARRETT – More questions than answers were raised regarding a right-of-way for a property south of the cul-de-sac of South Guilford Street during Tuesday’s Garrett Board of Works meeting.
Plans by developer Don Harvey to develop the property into several single-family homes have been replaced with three single-family homes which have already been completed.
The proposed right-of-way would provide access to the remaining large lot for a single dwelling that backs onto Fifth Avenue to the south. Harvey wants to open access to the property but needs permission from the works committee to proceed.
City attorney Dan Brinkerhoff said more information on the dish is needed before a decision on the project can be made. Discussion will continue at the August 3 meeting.
Superintendent of Wastewater Bruce Schlosser reported that a demonstration of a centrifuge at the plant went well last week, processing 70,000 gallons of sludge in three days. He is waiting for reports on how the system has operated. Although similar to a proposed system, the centrifuge on display was a truck mounted system.
Mayor Todd Fiandt has said he hopes a centrifuge will be a reality for the plant soon, but Schlosser noted that a 22-week lead time is required for delivery once the order is placed.
Electric Utilities Superintendent Dave VanDerbosch reported a major outage last week – affecting areas of the industrial park on Taylor Road between runways CSX and SR 8, and far north between CR 7 and CR 40 – a was corrected in 39 minutes. The cause was an automatic splice cutter failure located on Taylor Road near Bohren Trucking, he said.
City engineer Aaron Ott said he is working with city planner Milton Otero on project estimates to be submitted in the next round of community crossing matching grants due on July 31. A pre-construction meeting is planned with E&B Paving regarding a road leading to the Handshoe. property to the east of the city, Ott said.
Code enforcement officer Tara Smurr reported 74 violations between July 6 and July 19 for various combinations of tall grass, weeds, garbage, pest refuge and vehicles.
His report showed 74 certified letters sent, 48 infringements respected and 45 deductions sent to the town hall for invoicing of non-compliance. Three allowances were also sent to the street service for cleaning.
Fiandt said the city is not going after everyone for breaking the code. He “catches sorrow” for the number of violations, including for his own rectory.
“These ordinances are for everyone,” he said, adding that if residents are having trouble complying, they should call the city hall’s code enforcement office.
Fiandt also asked city crews to cut weeds at an East Quincy Street property awaiting demolition.
The Garrett Police Department responded to 226 calls for service from July 2 to 18, according to Police Chief Roland McPherson.
Police processed 65 municipal order calls, issued 31 traffic warnings, wrote 16 tickets and investigated seven accidents with property damage.
A total of 14 arrests were made, of which nine were non-residents. Of these arrests, three were traffic violations, two were arrest warrants and five were miscellaneous arrests. Four drug-related arrests were reported, two for marijuana, one for paraphernalia and one arrest for various drugs. Agents also recorded 15 business checks during the period.
Mowing is in full swing and crews are spraying mosquitoes every week, according to Street and Parks Superintendent Eric Mossberger.
Summer visitors continue to paint the borders. Feick Park’s caboose received a new coat of paint. The stenciling work on the exterior will be done at a later date, he added. The pool will close for the season at 8 p.m. on Sunday August 8. Workers continue to cut trees in streets and alleys and repair potholes as needed.
Fiandt thanked Mossberger for his department’s efforts to help make last weekend’s Garrett Alumni Association meeting at Eastside Park a success.