CLAYPOOL — The Claypool Town Council discussed the potential for a mobile home on Section Street, spring clean-up, and a building demolition ordinance during its meeting Tuesday, April 16.
The council heard an inquiry regarding a vacant lot at 210 W. Section St. Jo Clevenger is interested in placing a mobile home on the lot and intends to purchase the property from the current owner.
All three council members and a couple of neighbors to the Section Street property expressed concern about the possibility of a mobile home de-valuing property surrounding it, as well as worry about the home being one of the first residences people see when entering town limits.
Council President Niki Miller said that the council needs to speak with the property’s owner and neighbors before making a decision on the mobile home addition. The council voted to table the discussion for next month’s meeting.
The town’s spring clean-up will take place on Wednesday, April 24. All items must be in a box, bag or container if possible. Items excluded from pick-up include tires, wet paint, hazardous materials, household chemicals, motor oil or grease, car batteries, computers, televisions, and liquids.
Pipes, posts, iron or lumber over four feet long; large pieces of concrete, rock and metal; and appliances with freon or a compressor still in them are also excluded from pick-up. The town will hold a fall clean-up, with a date to be announced.
During the meeting, the council approved a building demolition ordinance for the town. An ordinance for mowing abandoned, vacant, and unkept property was also amended at the meeting. The pay rate for the mowing work to be completed was changed. For the first offense, property owners must pay a $250 initial fee and $150 for every additional hour that work needs to be done. For second and subsequent offenses, property owners must pay $750.
The council also approved the purchase of new gates for the town’s cemetery. A quote of $1,975 from Custom Fencing for the gates was approved.
For the month of March, the Claypool Police Department responded to 229 calls for service. Town Marshal Ben Sanders also thanked the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office for assisting him with a police pursuit that took place on April 5.
In other business, the council:
- Approved a wastewater bill adjustment for Phyllis Engle in the amount of $77.59.
- Welcomed new council member Gene Warner.
- Tabled a discussion regarding new town vehicles.
The council’s next meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.