Westport Town Council

Westport Town Council met on Monday. The council signed the funeral deeds, payroll vouchers, adjustments, and monthly bills.

The 2022 budget was approved to be adopted as presented.

There was an update on the Westport Water Projects. They are finishing up electrical and plumbing at the plant and their substantial completion date is November 12. There was a change order and a pay request presented to the board. These were approved. Division B is technically past their substantial completion date and they have yet to receive a new date.

Westport Halloween hours will be 5-7 pm on October 30.

There was a discussion on condemned properties that have expired. 705 E North Street is currently waiting on an affidavit to receive judgment. With 108 S Poplar Street the board is going to look into another step of action they need to take. 308 S Walnut Street has reached out saying that others were supposed to be helping them clean the property up, however the ended up stealing from the property instead. They did apply to be on a home rehab list in the future however this could be 3 years at least. The board does see the owner making attempts. The board has had no contact from 202 N East Street. The motion to take any needed action on these properties was approved.

Only natural material can be burned.

There was a property owner who came to the board asking for their approval for a variance to build a larger garage. They must also see the Decatur County APC however needed to get the town council’s approval first. This was approved.

The board discussed ordinance 1998-2. This is to help determine agricultural areas such as pastures inside the town and how they define them. This needs to be cleaned up and defined for better clarity.

October 21 is Fall Clean-Up Day and there will be 2 dumpsters available.

There was a discussion on the Main Street trash cans. These have been misused and are disgusting. The board decided to remove some of the trash cans and relocate others to better locations.

Main Street Westport requested road closures for the Fall Festival on October 9. This is the same parade route as it was in the last couple years. This was approved.

An audience member spoke up about the sewer issues at a trailer in Westport. They live right across the street from it and are tired of smelling it. The water had been shut off and the sewer had apparently been drying out when the water was turned back on. The problem is that the sewer is the owner’s and the water is the renter’s. The council doesn’t know what legal standpoint they have on this issue. The board of health has been contacted however there is only so much they can do.

There was a request to appropriate funds of $10,000 to pay CH&M who replaced valves on the schools sewer system when it got backed up. This was approved.

Morgan Schofield


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