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Jacksonville Council votes to condemn properties

The Jacksonville City Council on Thursday voted to follow the recommendation of Mayor Gary Fletcher to condemn two pieces of property, citing the need to clean up the sites.

“After conducting a public hearing addressing the structure and real properties at the following addressed, located within the city limits of Jacksonville and owned by the parties listed below, it is hereby declared that said properties constitute a health and safety hazard to the general public due to the lack of structural soundness, dilapidated facilities, and or/non-compliant conditions which exist in and about various properties,” reads Ordinance Number 1483.

The two structures are located at the following sites: 10016 Shannon Drive, owned by Annette Lowmack; and 116 Pulaski Drive, owned by Randall Ward.

“Whereas despite repeated notices and demands, said property owners and/or interested party(ies) have failed to repair their respective properties, structures, and/or remove the deteriorated elements so as to eliminate public health and safety hazards and bring said properties within compliance with applicable provisions of the Jacksonville Municipal Code.”

In other business, the council followed the recommendation of Fletcher and reappointed Jim Peacock to serve on the Jacksonville Board of Water Commissioners. Fletcher received a recommendation for Peacock’s reappointment from Jacksonville Water Works General Manager Jacob Short.

“The Jacksonville Water Commission has recommended Jim Peacock to serve on the Board of Water Commissioners for another term of eight years,” Short’s April 15 letter reads to Mayor Fletcher.

Peacock’s current term would have expired on April 20 if the council had not reappointed him.

In other business, the council was advised about the number of emergency response activities that took place within the city during the month of March. According to City Fire Chief Alan Laughy’s, his crew performed 229 rescues, 51 still alarms, 18 general alarms and 254 ambulance runs.

The chief also reported there were 139 transported runs and 115 non-transported runs.

Of the general alarms, two were classified as structural (residential), eight were good intent calls, and eight were false alarms/false calls.

Laughy advised the council that the month’s estimated fire loss was $20,4000 with the total property savings amounting to $102,600.

In other business, City Police Chief Gary Sipes told aldermen his department had 67 assigned calls during the month of March. Other work performed during the month included: 210 self-initiated calls, 227 follow ups, 152 meetings/court hearings attended, 31 written notices, five vehicles tagged, 71 signs removed, six trash cans tagged, 10 structures inspected, two rentals inspected, six properties red tagged, one structure rehabbed, one structure condemned, one house demolished by the city, and 31 parking violations.

Theresa Lewis, the police department’s support services secretary, reported officers received 1,807.25 hours of external training during the month of March and 113 hours of internal training, bringing the total number of training hours to 1,920.25.

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