Abatement Shift Proceeds.
The Public Works
Committee has been discussing the proposal to
move the duties of Nuisance Abatement under the
Public Works Department over a month in various
formal and informal sessions. At Tuesday
afternoons committee meeting a motion was
approved to include two full time Nuisance
Abatement Officers in the Public Works 2008
fiscal year budget.
Carthage Police Department employs one full time
and one part time (seasonal) officer who split
the duties of animal control and nuisance
abatement. At the request of Carthage Police
Chief Dennis Veach and in an attempt to become
more proactive in nuisance abatement efforts, the
committee and City staff began to investigate the
advantages of splitting the duties and allowing
the Public Works Department to monitor nuisances.
In this change the Police would still be in
charge of Animal Control using one full time
Though no quorum
was present at the previous Public Works
committee meeting, the committee did receive an
article from Public Works Director Chad Wampler
outlining the definition of a nuisance (see
What is a Nuisance?). Wampler has recommended
the addition of two full time employees for the
Tuesdays meeting the committee discussed
the descriptions of nuisances. Wampler noted that
three of the items in the description pertain to
animal control and recommended that they be
omitted as they are currently covered by the
Police Department Animal Control Enforcement
Tom Short discussed the projected financial
impact for the two employees, saying that if the
negative budget impact is figured for the
elimination of the half time position at the
Police Department, the addition of the two full
time jobs would cost $60 thousand yearly.
Claude Newport asked if there would be any merit
in adding only one full time employee initially
and watching the trends to see if a second
employee would be necessary.
that he felt in order to do the job proactively,
the job would require two full-time employees.
Tom Flanigan agreed.
no sense doing it and doing it
half-heartedly," said Flanigan.
Bill Johnson said he felt the changes would move
the City in the right direction but added that
the monitoring and enforcing of the ordinances
would be dependant on the manpower available.
"You can only
do what your people have time to do," said
Newport made the
motion to include the employees in the budget,
keeping the item separate so that it
wouldnt be overlooked and could be
discussed fully by the Budget Committee. The
motion was approved unanimously.
is a Nuisance?
following is a list of nuisance descriptions as
provided by Public Works Director Chad Wampler,
with the exception of items 1, 6, and 11 as these
were determined to be animal control issues:
1. Carcasses of dead animals remaining exposed
more than six hours after death.
2. Ashes, cinders, slops, filth, excrement,
sawdust, stone, rock, dirt, straw, soot, sticks,
shavings, oyster shells, cans, dust, paper,
trash, rubbish, manure, refuse, offal, waste
water, chamber lye, fish, putrid meat, entrails,
decayed fruit or vegetables, broken ware, rags,
old china, old iron or other metal, old wearing
apparel, all animal and vegetable matter, all
dead animals, or any other offense or
disagreeable substance or thing which is thrown,
left or deposited, or caused to be left, thrown
or deposited, by any person, or in or upon any
street, avenue, alley, sidewalk, parking, or
other public way, or in or upon the public
square, or any public enclosure, or any lot or
any pool or pond of water.
3. Factories, slaughterhouses, and all places of
business which cause an offensive odor to a
greater extent than may be required for the
necessary prosecution or carrying on of such
4. Garbage, deposited and kept otherwise that as
provided in this chapter.
5. Green or unsalted hides, kept in open or
6. Hog pens, except as provided by ordinance.
7. Limbs of trees projecting over a sidewalk or
street at a height of less than seven feet.
8 Privies which overflow, leak, or are in a
9. Ponds or pools of stagnant or unclean water.
10. The rendering, heating, or steaming of any
animal or vegetable product or substance in such
a manner as to cause disagreeable odors.
11. Stables, stalls, sheds, pens or yards in
which any horse or cow, or other animal are not
kept in accordance with the requirements of this
12. All substances or things which cause an odor
disagreeable to the surrounding neighborhood.
13. Weeds over eight inches high.
14. All dilapidated or unsightly or unsanitary
buildings, parts, foundations or excavations
therefor, or buildings in such condition to be
unfit for habitation, or that may be dangerous to
the public, or that may be injurious to the
public health, located upon either residential or
15. The burning within the city limits of any
animal, vegetable or other substance, the burning
of which creates or generates any disagreeable,
noxious or unwholesome smell or odor.
16. All trees that are either dead or so diseased
or infected or damaged or that the same are
injurious to the public health and safety.
17. Any soap factory, tallow chandlery, sausage
factory, stable, or barn of any kind whatsoever,
and permit the same to become offensive,
disagreeable, or noxious to the community in
which the same may situate.
18. Any sign or awning over any sidewalk, the
lowest part of which is less than 7 feet above
19. Any business, vocation or pursuit conducted
or operated to the injury or annoyance of the
20. The drainage, placement or discharge of any
filth, slops, wastewater, or the content of any
privy, vault, cesspool, or sink either directly
or indirectly, into any gutter or upon any
sidewalk, avenue, alley, park, highway, or public
21. All open mine shafts existing upon premises
within the city or within a one-half-mile radius
of the city.
22. Trees that are infested with bagworms,
tentworms or any other insects or worms injurious
to trees or that trees which shall be dead,
decayed, rotted or broken to such an extent that
they are dangerous.
23. All furniture, bedding, refrigerators,
freezers, heating stoves, kitchen ranges, laundry
and dishwashing equipment, air conditioning
units, or any other such appliances, articles or
equipment designed for use inside a dwelling unit
if stored, or placed upon the ground, on any open
porch, in any attached carport, in any
freestanding carport, or in any garage or shed
that is without doors to conceal such articles.
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Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom and Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
Im a college student in a
small Podunk town in Minnesota. Recently, we were
"blessed" with a hailstorm like none
other, and the damage to cars here can only be
described as impressive. Ive been
postponing buying a car as long as possible, but
I need to get one within three months. A friend
told me that if I want a car cheap, I should shop
around for sales on hail-damaged cars. I
dont care what the car looks like, but I do
want to know if there are any risks to buying a
hail-damaged car. What should I look for, and how
much money should I expect to be knocked off the
normal price? - Michael
RAY: Well, if you dont
really care what the car looks like, you might
want to have a look at one of my brothers
TOM: Actually, its a
great idea, Michael. Hail damage is almost
entirely cosmetic. I mean, if it breaks or
damages a window, obviously that should be fixed.
But other than that, its just dents and
maybe paint damage.
RAY: Over time, if the paint is
actually chipped or broken, that can lead to
rust. But thats not an immediate danger.
Its something you can address yourself -
you can learn to sand down those spots and prime
them when rust becomes an issue.
TOM: Plus, youll save
money on the purchase price, because most people
want pretty cars. While some hail-damaged cars
can be repaired pretty cheaply, more serious hail
damage can cost thousands to fix.
RAY: To find out how much that
would cost the seller, arrange to take the car to
a body shop before you buy it in order to get an
estimate. You wont get quite that much off,
but you can ask for, say, half or two-thirds of
that off. Then dont fix it. Youll be
the only guy in Podunk who can play Chinese
checkers on the hood of his car.
By Greg Zyla
Sponsored by Curry Automotive
Run in the Indy 500?
Q: Do you feel
that Juan Pablo Montoya will race in the Indy 500
this year for Chip Ganassi Racing? -- B.K.,
possible, but not probable. Ganassi stated
publicly that Montoya will be running full time
in Nextel Cup, not Indy Car, and this is the
teams primary goal. Thus, if Montoya is
doing well in NASCAR and is in the running for
Rookie of the Year honors, which I believe he
will be, he wont compete at Indy.
been wrong before, so I wouldnt be totally
surprised to see this former Ganassi-employed
Indy 500 winner try a "double-duty" day
(Indy 500 and Charlotte World 600) if the stars
If I had to make
the call today, though, Id say he will not
run at Indy, as the points are so important these
days in NASCAR. Once you fall out of the top 35
in owner points, you lose your guaranteed
If Montoya is out
of the top 35 in points by May, then maybe
Ganassi will allow a double-duty day. But, that
would surprise me more than anything, as Montoya
is going to run well for a rookie.