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Clean up in Canton


Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese

The Canton City Council addressed concerns about junk in the yards of multiple residences at their regular meeting on July 13.

Mayor Donivee Johnson advised the council that a second notice was sent by the city attorney to Crystal Scrabeck regarding the issues with her property on South Main Street. The property is covered with miscellaneous debris, in need of mowing and has an outstanding utility bill. Scrabeck was invited to the meeting to explain why these issues have not been resolved, however she was not present.

Johnson explained that the council has the right to declare the property a nuisance and begin criminal and civil proceedings to address the problems. She reported that the city attorney had asked the council for a motion to proceed with civil charges. The council unanimously passed a motion to pursue a court order to get it cleaned up. If the property owner still does not comply, the city could hire help to clean it up at the owner’s expense. The attorney’s fees and any other costs could also be assessed to the property owner.

The council agreed that there are about 10 other properties that also need to be cleaned up and notice will be sent to those property owners asking them to do so promptly. The issues to be addressed include unlicensed and/or inoperable vehicles, overgrown weeds and miscellaneous debris, such as furniture and car parts, on the properties.

Reminder about golf carts

The issue of golf carts not in compliance with the ordinance was raised at the July meeting. It was observed that many golf carts in town are not displaying a Slow Moving Vehicle sign, as required by the ordinance. There are also still unlicensed and underage drivers operating golf carts in town in violation of the ordinance. The habitual cruising around town on ATVs and golf carts has stopped for the most part since the ordinance was enacted.

The council asked that the public be reminded of the rules relating to golf carts in Canton, pointing out that the rules are primarily for the safety of the operator and passengers. In addition to requiring the city permit and a Slow Moving Vehicle sign be displayed, golf carts may only operate from sunrise to sunset unless equipped with manufacturer installed lights and may only be operated by a person over 16 with a valid driver’s license. The complete rules are outlined on the permit application, which c .....
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Variance granted in Canton

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese The Canton City Council held a public meeting for a variance request immediately before their regular meeting on June 8. At the council’s May meeting, Rob Roy Kelly and Mary Hoffman were present to ask about a building permit and a ..... 
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Canton Fire Department upgrades

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council discussed potential upgrades for the Fire Department at their regular meeting on May 11. Sheriff Tom Kaase was present at the meeting to propose new radios for the fire department. He explained that local law enforcement a ..... 
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Water tower projects in Canton

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

Projects involving the water tower were up for discussion at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on April 13. Jon Nordsving, lead city maintenance employee, reported that there is still a water leak. He was able to locate the leak, how ..... 
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Canton supports Meals on Wheels

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council voted to support the local Meals on Wheels program at their regular meeting on February 10. Mayor Donivee Johnson was present via Skype and Acting Mayor Cindy Shanks led the meeting. Debbie Betthauser, Senior Services Di ..... 
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Canton approves fees and designates

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council reviewed the Slate of Designates and fees for 2016 at their regular meeting on January 13. Mayor Donivee Johnson was not present, so councilor Cindy Shanks led the meeting as Acting Mayor. The Slate of Designates was approv ..... 
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Chicken ordinance in Canton?

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Chickens were on the agenda at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on December 9. Mayor Donivee Johnson advised the council that Canton resident Julie Pugh has chickens in her backyard. She stated that Ms. Pugh has said that she keeps ..... 
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Canton accepts new sheriff’s contract

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese The increase in cost of the new contract with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office was discussed at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on November 11. Sheriff Tom Kaase was present at the meeting to explain to the coun ..... 
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Canton discusses stray cats

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

The issue of stray cats was brought up for discussion at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on October 14. Councilor Charlie Warner raised the issue of stray cats in town. He recently found four kittens near his home and while he provi ..... 
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