Council discusses properties

BRIDGEPORT — Fines for unkempt properties and the upcoming Halloween celebration were on the agenda Tuesday night for Bridgeport Village Council.

Mayor David Smith said over the summer, the village has sent out letters to “an enormous list” of property owners informing them their property is unclean or an eyesore in some way. Once the letters are received, the owners have seven days to comply and clean up their properties or contact the mayor’s office to discuss the issue.

If the owners do not rectify the problem within that time frame, Smith said they face a misdemeanor charge and a $145 fine.

Police Chief Andrew Klotz spoke to council briefly about the two in-car computers his department recently received from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The computers enhance officers’ capability to access information in the field, and Klotz said that they have been a great help so far.

Klotz said Homeland Security would soon provide system upgrades for the computers, allowing the officers to access a wider database while on patrol.

“They’re working out really well so far,” Klotz said.

Council members heard from resident Claudell Molnar about an issue with her patio wall, which recently collapsed due to an issue with a pipe near her residence. Molnar said the pipe sits above her house on Oak Street, and leakage from the pipe caused a small slip in the hill, causing her wall to be knocked over by the dirt and runoff.

Molnar said that she doesn’t expect the village to fix her wall, but she wanted to make officials aware of the issue. Smith told Molnar they will determine if village property caused the deterioration of the wall, and if it did they would be able to handle repairs.

He said that the village would send a crew to check on the situation and they would go from there.

“We just want to make sure it is a village issue,” Smith said.

Councilwoman Norma Teasdale also spoke about the Halloween trick-or-treat night that will be held at the end of October for the children of the community. Teasdale said that trick or treat will be held this year from 6-7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28. As they do every year, the police and fire departments will hand out treat bags to children and do safety patrols throughout the evening.

Teasdale said due to lack of attendance, the village will not host a Halloween parade this year. Council approved the event dates, and Smith told Teasdale to inform them when she would need the funds to purchase candy for the treat bags.

Council members went behind closed doors for a brief executive session to discuss personnel and legal matters, returning with no action taken.

Bridgeport Village Council meets at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the municipal building.