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 Grayson votes to set trick-or-treat time: Council also moves to demolish derelict properties

Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

 The city of Grayson will be giving trick-or-treaters an extra half hour to collect candy this year – a treat to make up for all the cancelled events over the past year, council teased. Council moved to set trick-or-treat for Saturday, October 30, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Council initially considered other two hour blocks before setting aside the entire period for trick-or-treaters. 

Council also moved to accept the code enforcement report, which included recommendations for the demolition of two mobile homes; one located on Rupert Lane and one on Dixie Street. 

Code enforcement officer Duane Suttles reported that certified letters had been sent to the owner of record for the trailer at 533 Rupert Lane. That letter gave them until April 12 to remove the mobile home, because it had been vacant for more than 180 days and was not permitted in a business zone. The owner was also sent letters alerting them of an August 16 public hearing on the property. The property was found to be in violation of the city zoning ordinance at that meeting. Code enforcement recommended city council abate the offending structure and place a lien upon the property for associated costs.

Council entered in the first reading of a motion to demolish the trailer and place a lien on the property. 

That wasn’t the only property code enforcement recommended demolition of. Code enforcement also recommended the demolition of a mobile home located at 404 Dixie Street. Notice was also sent to the owners of record for that property, giving them a deadline of July 12 to bring the property into compliance with city ordinances. That property was also discussed at the August 16 public hearing, and the planning and zoning commission found the property to be in violation of city ordinances as well. Suttles said no one has lived in the property for several years, and utilities have not been on at the location since 2016. Code enforcement recommended council abate that property also, removing the mobile home and placing a lien on the property for associated costs. 

Council moved to enter into the first reading of a motion to demolish that trailer and place a lien on the property as well. Demolition costs on each property is expected to be around $3,500 for demolition, disposal, and lot reclamation. 

Council moved to set tax rates for real and personal property during their September meeting as well. Council moved to accept the compensating rate, which raises the rate from 0.192 per $100 of valuation to 0.194 per $100 of valuation. That increase, which council can approve without a public hearing, is expected to raise the same amount of money for the city as the property tax did in the previous year, despite the slight increase. 

Council briefly considered a rate increase of four percent, to 0.203 per $100 of valuation. That move would have required a public hearing, but would have brought the city only $15,500 over the previous year. 

In other action council moved to cover fifty percent of costs for drainage issues at the sport park, up to $10,000. They also moved to accept other department reports, including emergency management’s report on disaster preparedness, and the police department’s report on impounded vehicles. Chief Travis Steele said the first batch of cars would be auctioned this month, and they would have a new group available for auction soon. 

“We’re going to get it cleaned up,” Steele said 

Council also moved to approve street closures for Funtoberfest activities and to approve their new Administrative Hold ordinance on second reading. 

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com 

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