2018-02-07 / News

Public hearing on alley abandonment set

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BROWN CITY — The city council met Jan. 22, taking up a short agenda dealing largely with scheduling matters.

The council voted to hold a public hearing on Mon., Feb. 26 at 7:05 p.m. over the proposed abandonment of the city-owned alley that bisects the site for the new Tri-County Bank headquarters on Main and St. James streets.

City Attorney Greg Stremers reported to council that there is a gas line and a sanitary sewer line in the alley, which the bank is making provisions to relocate.

Clerk Juanita Smith told council that a Qualified Voter File class is scheduled for March 26, and an Election Preparation Cycle class is scheduled for April 12, with Election Inspector Training set for July 17 and 18.

“All inspectors must be recertified this year to be eligible to work at the elections,” said Smith. “A letter has been sent out to each inspector to notify them of the class and to ask if they are still interested in working at the elections.”

Also concerning elections, Holmes reported that a Freedom of Information Act request from the University of Pennsylvania has been received by the city asking “to obtain Affidavits of Voter Not In Possession of Picture Identification, and the paired Applications to Vote that were filed in the November 2016 election.”

Holmes said the requested data has been compiled and it showed the city’s population is 1,334, of which 833 are registered voters. The number that voted in the November 2016 election was 517, of which three used the affidavits to attest to their identity because they could not produce photo identification.

Holmes said the information was mailed Jan. 17.

In other business, the council decided to send sample ordinances dealing with solar panels and outdoor furnaces to the planning commission for study.

Residents are reminded that the city will charge a fee of $35 for a non-sufficient funds check.

Shortly after council’s Monday night session, a power outage occurred affecting the entire town. Holmes commended the DPW for its rapid response in setting up the emergency generator at the city’s sewer pumping station on Maple Valley Road and Bube Street.

“The quick action of the DPW prevented the possibility of sewage backing up into homes, businesses, and other buildings throughout the city due to the power outage,” said Holmes.

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