Stefanie Cope

Staff Writer

Several streets throughout Columbus will be receiving a make-over this summer. City Superintendent Jim Burton asked the Columbus City Council for permission to spend up to $2,000 on street paint Monday night.

Burton also told the council he had received an estimate for electricity and lights in the new gazebo. He said the estimate was $900 for two lights and four electrical outlets. Burton said for possible funding he would see how much FEMA money was left over from the building costs.

Additionally Burton told the council the city signs on Highway 160 must be finished. He said the city is responsible for the brick, lettering, ship, and lights. He said he would have to get bids for the brick work and the electric work as well as check for money in the economic development fund for the other work.

Burton also told the council John Adams Construction would be coming to check on the mold problem in city hall and the fire station. He said they would be doing a physical inspection to find out where the leaks are.

Burton told the council there are three properties the city mows which were sold in the tax sale. He asked the council if the city should continue to mow the properties or wait for the new owners. He said the grass had gotten fairly tall. Columbus City Attorney Robert Myers advised Burton to put the new owners of the properties on notice.

Columbus Police Chief Chuck Sharp brought up a few properties for the city to consider for condemnation. One house at 103 N. Minnesota, one house at 517 S. Tennessee, and one house at 515 N. Ohio. Sharp said they had a consent form signed for the house on Tennessee and the council decided to take the bid of $1,500 from B3 Construction to tear it down once all the consent forms were signed and filed. Sharp also said the owners of the house on Ohio agreed to consent to demolish the house.

Additionally the Police and Licensing Committee decided to have another meeting to discuss mobile home ordinances Myers is in the process of writing. Columbus City Clerk Janice Blancett said she is still collecting regulations from other cities for comparison. The committee decided to wait until all of the data was collected before setting a date for the meeting.

The Streets, Alleys and Bridges Committee decided to have Burton take bids for the street paving project. Burton put together a list of streets that need repaving. It was decided after the bids came in the committee would decide which streets could be repaved.

In other business, the council:

Approved $3,500 to replace an engine control module for fire engine No. 24.

Approved requesting bids for Self Contained Breathing Apparatus for the fire department.