The Jefferson City Council got updates on city hall repairs and red-tagged properties at its regular meeting Monday, April 5.

Walker Construction has completed most of the work on the north side of city hall, but also gave an estimate for continuing the metal siding all the way around the building. His original estimate of $28,675 was amended by $1,436 to include the increase in steel prices. He will also replace two doors. The council approved the work.

Finance Officer Michaeleen Roark said she had sent certified letters to several property owners whose buildings have been assessed for mowing and snow removal costs. City Attorney Sabrina LaFleur-Sayler said the city has three options to collect those assessments. The first would be to assess them under the city’s local improvement statute, the second under the nuisance statute. Both of those apply only to the actual property assessed. The third option is civil action against the property owner. A judgement there would apply to the property owner, not the property, so collection might be more assured. However, that does involve a greater cost to the city.

The council went into executive session to discuss the options, but took no action back in open session.

Roark said she has not been contacted by John Wakeman, who owns the old high school. LaFleur-Sayler said she will contact Wakeman’s attorney.

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