The North Bend Eagle

 

Tired of nuisance tires, collection planned

by Nathan Arneal
Published 9/14/22

Nuisance abatement and ordinance compliance continued to be a topic for the city council at its Sept. 6 meeting.

Some of the letters sent out in the previous month to citizens involve scrap tires. With members of the council recognizing that it is difficult to legally dispose of tires, the council decided to host a tire disposal event.

People who live within the city limits of North Bend will be able to dispose of tires for free this Saturday, Sept. 17, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The collection will take place at the city maintenance shop at 11th and Elm streets, south of the city park.

Tires will only be accepted from residential properties, not businesses. Just the rubber tires will be accepted, not metal wheels or rims.
The event will be staffed to ensure compliance with the guidelines.

Councilman Alex Legge said he is looking at setting up a household paint and chemical disposal event some time in the future.

Sandy Volser, whose place of business has received notices of nuisance violations, attended the meeting. Councilman Bart Bosco complimented him on the clean up that has happened at his shop.

“Thank you,” Vosler said. “I have no arguments against what was going on at my place. I fixed it and it’s corrected.”

However, things got a little heated when he requested copies of every nuisance letter the city has sent out in the last two years. He said statute says his request must be met in 48 hours, and it has been longer than that since he made his request.

City clerk Theresa Busse said that would be a stack four inches thick and cost a dollar a copy.

The mayor and several councilmen were puzzled why he wants the letters.

“It’s all the same letter,” mayor Rod Scott said. “Every one of them says the same thing.”

Busse confirmed it is a form letter with just the name and address changed on each. She also said the list of violators and violations can be found in the Board of Health minutes.

Vosler repeated his request for copies of each letter.

“Really this is a waste of money,” Legge said. “This is Sandy being Sandy. I’m tired of spending money on people trying to clean up their problems. It’s ridiculous. Let’s cost taxpayers more money by having us print out 400 letters.”

Vosler said he wanted to go through each letter and make sure it was getting to where it was supposed to be.

“I looked through the paper and a lot of the addresses that have issues didn’t get letters last month,” Vosler said.

Scott suggested Vosler worry about his own violations and let the city council worry about everyone else’s.

During this dialogue, participants on both sides of the discussion turned to the reporter in the room multiple times to requested certain statements be included in “the record.”

Shortly thereafter, the council moved on with its agenda.

At the end of the meeting, Vosler was shown a copy of the Board of Health minutes that listed everyone who got letters along with their violations. Vosler said he would accept a copy of the list instead of copies of each individual letter as he had originally requested.

In other business, annual raises for city employees were approved, with most getting a 4% raise. Councilman Danny Minarick suggested maintenance workers Larry Hilliard and Steve Chromy get full $1 raises instead of the 74 cents and 48 cents they were due, respectively. This would raise their wages to $19.50 an hour for Hilliard and $13 for Chromy.

The raises with the amended amounts were approved.

 

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