10/15/2013 12:57:00 PM Claremont leaves the water on
By Tara Lindquist
Claremont City Attorney, Mark Rahrick advised the Claremont City Council, on Tuesday, October 8, not to shut off delinquent water bill accounts at the trailer park.
After looking over the agreement between the trailer park and the city and their request that the city shut off water on delinquent accounts, he concluded the city should not become involved in the matter. "The individual tenants at the trailer court are not our customers," he explained. "The owner of the trailer court is our customer." The city does not own the water lines servicing the individual tenants and has no independent authority to shut off the services for that line. If the owner authorized the city to shut off their services, the city would be acting as an agent of the owner and presumably the owner would still be violating landlord-tenant laws and the city should not place itself in the role of acting as an agent of a private party. He suggested to the council that the owner of the trailer court have a lease that allows for eviction for non-payment.
Under old business, the council discussed the estimates that were received for heating, plumbing, electric and roof repairs for the property at 138 West Front Street. The estimates, which are different than bid proposals came in less than $50,000 for everything. The county has not sent the letter offering them the property to the city yet. The building commission still recommends considering the building as a new city hall.
Roosters ok, but there's a limit
The council also addressed, an error in the September Council Meetings regarding the animal ordinance. The minutes stated no roosters would be allowed for 48 hours every so many days. That should be taken out. It was supposed to state that roosters are allowed, but under restrictions as to how many hours or days. The council approved the animal ordinance to state the limit will be 24 fowl on any premises, period.
The council approved the renewal of the on-sale, off-sale liquor and Sunday liquor license for the Claremont Pub. The approved the on-sale, off-sale and liquor license for Shorty's Bar and Smokehouse Grill pending no violations. Shorty's Bar and Smokehouse Grill will be opening in the former TB3's location on Thursday, October 17.
Other items on the agenda included the approval of purchasing a hydraulic driven trash pump to fit on the skid loader at a cost of $4,300, the payments of the bills and a public hearing on the sidewalk improvement assessments, no one spoke during the meeting. The council will meet again on November 12, at 7 p.m.