Questions still remain as to whether an ordinance that has been in the books for nearly 40 years will remain, and, if so, in what capacity.
Held over once again from last Monday’s regular Wisner City Council meeting, proposals to make changes to the ordinance are up for the council’s discussion, and for public input.
Currently in place is an ordinance that states the following: Within 30 days after completion of new buildings, houses or business establishments within the city limits, there shall be installed sidewalks. Said sidewalks shall be four feet in width and so placed that the edge of the walk nearer the lot line is within one foot of the side lot line, unless placed otherwise by direction of the overseer of streets.
Remodeling or improving an existing building by an amount of $5,000 or greater shall be considered as new construction.
In a new ordinance presented last Monday, a few changes were rendered. The first was the time requirement for sidewalks to be in place. This changes from 30 days to 60 days. Also, the amount of remodeling, or improvements was doubled to $10,000.
One city councilman questioned this amount, “I think this amount should be higher, up to $50,000. You should be able to reshingle, add windows, or do regular maintenance without the ordinance coming into effect. Any additions to the residence and I’d be in favor of the ordinance taking effect.”
Another council member suggested that the paragraph on remodeling or improving be eliminated from the ordinance completely.
Included in the changed ordinance is an added paragraph stating that, “in the event the owner of improved lots should own an unimproved lot or lots contiguous to the improved lot, a sidewalk shall be constructed on the contiguous unimproved lots as well."
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