City tables code enforcement measures

Posted 11/17/20

Madisonville city councilmembers pressed pause on two major initiatives for the city’s code enforcement department, tabling the matters at their regular Nov. 9 meeting for further study.

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City tables code enforcement measures

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Madisonville city councilmembers pressed pause on two major initiatives for the city’s code enforcement department, tabling the matters at their regular Nov. 9 meeting for further study.

Code Enforcement Office Don Grooms had asked the council to consider a new ordinance allowing for the registration and inspection of rental properties in the city.

“We have a lack of ability to inspect residential rental properties right now,” Grooms told council members, noting that the city can only respond to a lodged complaint or if something is visible from the street.

The new ordinance would allow for an inspection when there’s a change in tenancy and in other circumstances.

“There are so many properties where people move in and out and nothing gets done,” Grooms said. “I think they need to be inspected before someone moves in.

“We have a lot of homes around here that are sub-par. They’re not getting any better, they’re getting worse.”

Council members also tabled a previously discussed ordinance about privately posted parking signs, citing a need for the city attorney to review the ordinance.

The ordinance came at the behest of Madisonville police chief Herbert Gilbert and Grooms as the duo took aim at removing “rogue” signs from businesses that attempt to reserve parking for customers.

The signs carry no authority, as there are no parking restrictions in the city.

“On city streets, you’re allowed to park anywhere you want to, unless it’s a handicap space,” Gilbert said at the regular meeting of the Madisonville City Council Oct. 13.

“(The signs are) a bit of a bluff to the average driver,” Gilbert said. “They’re not enforceable, but they are a deterrent.”

Gilbert and Grooms had already talked with some business owners around the square about such signs that were posted on city property – the sidewalk – and successfully had those removed.

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