City puts teeth in nuisance law

Published 4:53 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The City of Brewton has amended its nuisance ordinance to include property owners who only hold a tax certificate, a move officials said would give them greater ability to get payment for cleaning up nuisance properties.
City Clerk John Angel said that some property owners only hold the tax certificate because they purchased property at a tax sale — and the current ordinance did not include those owners in its language.
“This gives us strengthened ability to deal with them,” he said. “Now we can hold their feet to the fire.”
In other business Monday:
• The council approved Mayor Yank Lovelace as a voting delegate to the next Alabama League of Municipalities meeting.
• Lovelace said he will sign a proclamation recognizing May 18 as National Kids to Parks Day.
• The council approved the renaming of Northeast Street to Lancaster Street, in honor of longtime Civil Rights activist and pastor at Second St. Siloam Missionary Baptist Church Herman J. Lancaster.
• Council members approved a bid from Coastal Lighting Solutions of Mobile for $21,981.10 for lighting at Burnt Corn Creek Park. Almost all of the project will be paid for with a $20,000 grant from the health department. The work has to be done by June 1, Lovelace said, to comply with the grant.
• Council members approved the use of the City Park downtown by the Amateur Radio Club, which will hold a demonstration day on April 20.