Perry Council Tackles Illegal Dumping and Infrastructure Woes

At the recent Perry City Council meeting, the discussion of significant infrastructure projects and the pervasive issue of illegal dumping took center stage. The council voted to allocate $673,000 from the sewer revenue fund for urgent sewer repairs on Cherry Street. The allocation followed a debate over the scope of work and concerns about potential additional costs due to the difficulty in finding specialized contractors. Additionally, the council addressed the illegal dumping problem, debating over imposing charges and considering hiring a service to maintain town cleanliness without overburdening citizens with fees.

The meeting delved into the allocation of $1.4 million in ARPA funds, with a focus on police vehicles, electronics, and cameras, as well as a $400,000 trash truck expected to arrive in the coming months. The conversation highlighted the city’s ongoing efforts to modernize and improve its essential services.

A significant portion of the discussion involved the proposal to develop 50 acres of land, a move that could potentially create considerable job opportunities and rejuvenate the local economy. The council also considered applying for a Community Development Block Grant for street repaving, indicating the city’s stance on infrastructure improvement, although the grant application is still in its preliminary stages.

Financial management and budget concerns also featured prominently in the meeting. The council debated the accuracy of financial statements and the Enterprise fund, reflecting frustration with the current financial system and the challenges in making budget amendments and audit adjustments. The city’s waste policy was under scrutiny, with discussions on setting up collection points, the frequency of garbage pick-up, and the use of dumpsters for waste disposal.

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The council grappled with the enforcement of code violations, particularly in the context of property maintenance. Repeated offenders and the process for demolishing derelict properties were topics of debate, as was the city’s approach to abandoned vehicles and the importance of title insurance for maintaining properties.

The possibility of negotiating with waste management companies for bulk item pick-up and the city covering landfill fees was proposed as a solution.

Lastly, the council touched upon administrative matters, including the evaluation of department heads and the retention of law enforcement officers. Understanding the reasons behind the departure of officers and the impact on public safety was a concern, as was the process for conducting annual evaluations.

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Mayor:
Ward Ketring
City Council Officials:
Diane Landry, Venita Woodfaulk, Shirlie Hampton, Bill Brynes

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