Members of the Washington City Council heard public comment on the condition of a property located at the corner of S.E. 11th Street and E. Nat’l Hwy. at their meeting Monday evening. Richard Barker owns property near the rental house in question that has been accumulating scrap metal and other materials for quite some time now. Barker asked the city council if anything could be done to clean up the property and Code Enforcement Officer Bryan Sergesketter told the council that he was aware of the property and had contacted the property owner as well as the renters and the person doing the scrapping at the residence on several occasions. Sergesketter said that he was running out of options and the next step in getting the property cleared of the scrapping business being run in its yard may be to go to court. City Attorney Tim Dant also commented on the situation that has also been brought to the attention of the Board of Zoning and other county government offices.
“We are at the point where we don’t have many options. There are three parties involved here,” said Dant. Don Spillman, chairman of the zoning board, said that there’s only so much Sergesketter can do because of state laws and ordinances but the property has been an ongoing problem for a number of years.
Barker also asked the council to consider annexing the area just inside the Bypass and off of Donaldson Road near Ridge Road. Barker said he felt that other residents in the area, as well as himself, would enjoy the amenities the city has to offer.
Park and Recreation Superintendent Mike McLemore also spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting. McLemore told the council that the 20th Century Car Club uses the park each year for its car show and last year there were issues with dogs urinating on the tires of the classic cars and a few cars received damage from dogs jumping on them. The car club wanted to advertise that dogs would not be allowed in the immediate area of the car show this year.