ROACHDALE--The Roachdale Town Council conducted its monthly town meeting Tuesday night with issues ranging from improvement of condemned homes to raising gas and water deposits for new residents.
Shelia Williams, a property owner in Roachdale, had been sent a letter and called several times about a property that has been condemned. Williams had been given an extension until Nov. 5 to obtain estimates for demolition.
Williams has not responded to any of these contacts and was not represented at the meeting. After receiving the letter, Williams had 10 days to comply with the notice or face civil actions. These actions could include a fine or a lien on the property.
Williams will be fined $50 each week until the matter is taken care of. If Williams does not take care of the property, the council will take stronger action against her at the next meeting.
Several other buildings were brought into to question as well. One property owner said he was unable to do more to his building due to finances. The council gave the homeowner and several others extensions to bring the properties up to code.
Meanwhile, Brian Jetter proposed putting a 14-foot wide trailer onto a lot, but the council denied Jetter his building permit.
Zach Bowers stated he "would not approve any form of trailer on the lot."
Bowers introduced a motion to increase all gas and water deposits for new homeowners and renters as well. The new water meter deposit will increase to $50 and the gas meter will be raised to $150. These increases were passed and will be drafted up for the next meeting in January.
Bowers also brought forth the motion to add a $3 stormwater fee to all properties in town.
"This will help in the long run, so we have something to match with federal grants we may get in the future," he reasoned.
Salary increases for town employees were also discussed. A motion was passed that part-time employees will gain a pay increase to $13 per hour and that others would be frozen for another year.
There will be another meeting on Dec. 20 at 9 a.m. to go over proposed pay increases for town employees.