FREDERICKTOWN — Fredericktown Village Council heard concerns about everything from downtown revitalization to trash around the village during its meeting Monday.
Jim Fox, a resident who serves as a member of the planning commission and is the village’s zoning inspector, brought forth those concerns. His first concern involved rumors that the village did not want or need the support of the Area Development Foundation.
Fox gave a brief history of what ADF has done for the village, including bringing in businesses such as Ward/Kraft and FT Precision. He didn’t understand why this organization would now be shunned by the village.
Mayor Jerry Day, Village Administrator Bruce Snell and members of council assured Fox that was not the case and the village was working closely with ADF to continue to bring quality businesses into the village. One area they were working together is the downtown revitalization, as ADF helped the village secure a recent grant for some of the work.
The second concern of Fox’s was trash and other nuisance issues with residents. He said a property near one of his rentals was full of junk cars and lawnmowers and believed it kept someone from renting one of his properties. He also brought up a storage container that has sat on a Summit Drive property for five months.
Officials said these are issues that have a fine line between allowing a property owner to keep their residence how they see fit and making sure it doesn’t become a blighted property and devalue neighboring properties.
“In our ordinances, we try not to micromanage people, but we’ve got to keep a standard so we’re not devaluing neighbor’s property,” said Village Solicitor Adam Landon. “From a legal standpoint, it’s very hard. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
A third concern was a business lawn maintenance equipment company that has sprouted up in a residential area of Mulberry Street. Day said they will check with the zoning official to see if it violates code for businesses in residential districts.
In other news:
•Council adopted Ordinance 2019-28, which accepts the recommendations of the 2019 Knox County Tax Incentive Review Council concerning parcels of commercial property in the village receiving tax exemptions.
•The trick-or-treat night was set for Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5:30-7 p.m., in the village.
•Snell reported on three projects the village has been working on.
He said this year’s paving project is nearly complete, with a few small items to be finished soon.
After a couple of snags with unmarked gas lines, Snell said the sewer water project is moving along nicely. Phase 7 of the project consists of replacing storm lines and five-catch basins on East Second Street, while Phase 8 will include installing a new storm line and two catch basins on Taylor Street.
•Landon said there were a few permit issues that have been resolved. A couple of residents’ projects, which required permits, had stopped and Landon had to remind those individuals the permits had a timeline and work could not occur after then.
Council went into executive session to discuss personnel. No action was taken.
The next meeting will be on Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.