Cim Co approaches council for clean-up
The Boise City Council held a public hearing on Monday night on the future removal of a delapidated building in the northwest corner of block 16, the Bader Divison, of Boise City.
City Manager, Rod Avery, told the council that portions of the building had collapsed and the floor was failing. It was Avery's decision that the building was a threat to the public health to the community and should be removed. The council made such a motion and passed it.
The council then moved to consider weed abatement in five different areas; they then voted on a motion to proceed according to state statute in order to have the weeds removed.
Cim Co, the county's stategic planning committee, approached the Boise City Council on Monday night. The committee, which plans to begin a county-wide cleanup, was asking the council to recognize the organization and to inform the city that they [Cim Co] would begin probably in the spring of 2005, to approach property owners throughout the county and offer to help them in removing trash, weeds and abandoned automobiles in an effort to beautify and clean up the county.
Mayor Craig Sanders referred to the process the group had witnessed and told them that the council moved slowly and deliberately in their clean up actions.
“We go by a slow and easy process, we go by the law. We try to take down one building a year. It took $6 thousand dollars to take down the old motel; that's your tax dollars at work,” Sanders said.
“We work on a budget, and we don't intend for it to get into the shape the county's did,” he continued.
Cim Co spokesperson John Howard Freeman told the councilmen that they [the city] worked hard at making the city look good and that Cim Co only wanted to help. “We just want to offer our services to help clean up properties and to put a fresh face on the older buildings on main street,” Freeman explained. “We want Cimarron County to be the most united and cleanest county in the state,” he added. “We want to offer our services to you.”
Bonnie Borth, representing the Boise City Garden Club, told the council that the club was currently searching for grants to plant flower gardens and trees on each of the four approaches to Boise City and to have the project completed by2007 for the state's centennial.
Sharrol Blankenbaker told the council that Cimarron County and Boise City had many good attributes that could and would draw new residents and businesses.
“The golf course; that's a very good tool that we have,” she pointed out.
Avery told the group that if plans were made in advance that he could have employees available on a weekend so that the city's roll offs could be utilized.
Sanders pointed out that Cim Co might have better luck in approaching property owners since they would not be perceived as a figure of authority as is the city.
Police Chief Dale Harper, to whom the job of sending letters falls agreed, saying the committee might have better luck in convincing individuals to let them remove the offending property.
Sanders then told the group that he was tired of Boise City being referred to as trashy; stating that as individuals each have their own priorities. He continued by saying that trips to Guymon and down Highway 287 would show that Boise City wasn't so trashy.
In other business the council discussed the possibility of using REAP Grant funds to purchase a front-end loader to be utilized in both snow removal and to take down condemned buildings.
Avery informed the council that plans were in motion to create a water loop on the north end of French Street and main in an effort to raise the water pressure south of Main.
The council also voted to pay off the contractor for the completion of the waste transfer station, ($31,653.78).
Boise City News, P.O. Box 278