The Jefferson City Council met Monday, Dec. 7 and took action to clean up three properties in the city. City Inspector Gary Roan has identified the properties in various need of repairs – 219 Main Street (barbershop), owned by Harlan Osthus; 503 Main Street, Rosa Lazo; and 709/711 Main Street, Jerry Holbrook. The council agreed to have City Attorney Sabrina LaFleur-Sayler notify all three property owners in writing, that the city will assess a $500 per occurence, per day fine. If no action is taken, the city will move forward in obtaining demolition estimates. A final decision on demolitions will be made at the Jan. 4 council meeting.
A notice was sent to the property owner at 106 Main Street concerning a dumpster and vehicles that need to be removed. The city will send a second notice with a deadline for their removal.
Water/Wastewater Superintendent Randy Crum reported on sewer issues on the 200 block of Main Street. Sundheim Well Repair fixed a chip in the concrete channel what was cathing toilet tissue and causing a build-up.
Crum also presented his police report. It included four barking dog complaints, with warnings issued, and drag racers on I-29. Mayor Joe Bogenreif asked Crum about speeders on Main Street. Crum said he will be more vigilant.
The council approved the annual recognition of coverage for the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department. The fire department is covered city’s policy with the South Dakota Municipal League; the department pays the premium.
Repair of the north stucco wall of city hall continues. Windows are ordered and should arrive soon.
The council approved closing city hall for Christmas Day.
The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4