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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Mitchell City Council looking to increase penalties for grass ordinances, enforce vehicle ordinances

MITCHELL - FEBRUARY 7, 2023 - The Mitchell City Council will be looking at the grass ordinance to increase the penalties for the city mowing the property owners' lawn. The current ordinance penalty is set at $75 an hour; should the city have to mow the lawn.

The Mitchell Mayor and city council states the penalties are not high enough, as some have decided to allow the city to mow their lawns.

On average the city mows 20-30 lawns a year, after property owners do not mow them as required by city ordinance. City officials says this includes the residents weed eating around the properties.

Mark Bryant, Mitchell Clerk/Treasurer advised that the city sent out 15 liens last week for property owners failing to pay those penalties over the last year.

In addition, Mitchell City Council will look at the ordinances for downtown businesses and require that residential apartments must be on the floors above the business. There are a few businesses which have people living in the basements, in the downtown area.

Mayor Nathan Jenkins also discussed a proposal for curb appeal of residential homes in the city. Using Seymour's model for the programs a resident would be able to apply up to $500 for any remodeling project that is facing the street. The proposal is only up for discussion at this time.

The resident must meet income guidelines and provide proof the work is performed by a licensed contractor. The Mitchell City Council tabled any further action until the proposal could be looked at.

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