By Leeann Akers - Managing Editor
Dec. 5, 2012 —
Grayson City Council Tuesday passed the first reading of a property condemnation ordinance.
Two ordinances were on the agenda, the one for condemnation ordinance and one addressing the zoning of land near the Carter County Detention Center.
The zoning ordinance process will have to go back to the drawing board.
The recently-annexed property between East Main Street and East Carter Middle School is slated to be zoned into a public recreation area. Council had intended to hear the first reading of the ordinance that would have followed the Planning and Zoning Commission's recommendation to convert more than 30 acres to a recreational park.
However, at the outset of the meeting, Mayor George Steele announced that before it can happen, the city needs to officially share its intentions with Carter Fiscal Court since the county owns the property.
The information also must be sent to neighboring entities, including Carter County Detention Center, Carter County Ambulance Service, and Carter County Board of Education. Private property owners already have been informed by Planning and Zoning.
The mayor said the Attorney General's office will be contacted for information.
First reading of the ordinance could come at the January meeting. Meanwhile, Fiscal Court has approved a motion to advertise to lease the same acreage for growing corn.
The second reading of the condemnation ordinance was passed. It addresses demolition and removal of structures that are deemed “unfit and unsafe” for human habitation, occupancy or use, or to permit conditions to exist in any structure which is dangerous to the occupants, the neighboring structures, or the residents of the city of Grayson.
According to the ordinance, it is now unlawful for a property owner to allow a structure to become unfit and all structures are subject to inspection by the city code enforcement officer and the fire chief.
Either individual may issue a condemnation ordinance.
All costs and expenses incurred by the city to demolish or clean up the property will be imposed through a lien on the real property where the structure was located.
Property owners do have the right to appeal a condemnation. They can request a hearing before the Board of Zoning Adjustments and appeals in order to contest the action but they only have 10 days in which to make the request.