CADIZ During Thursday night's village council meeting, Councilman Curt Crawshaw stated that he had been receiving complaints about garbage on East Market Street. Police Chief Ryan McCann highlighted that the issue is in defiance of ordinance 521.04 Sidewalk Obstructions; Damage or Injury, which states "No person shall place, deposit, or maintain any merchandise, goods, material, or equipment upon any sidewalk so as to obstruct pedestrian traffic thereon except for such reasonable time as may be actually necessary for the delivery or pickup of such articles. In no such case shall the obstruction remain on such sidewalk for more than one hourwhoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor." The owner of the property where the garbage is placed was warned about the issue previously and will be cited if it is not resolved.
Similarly, the council discussed the issue of pet owners neglecting to clean up after their pets. It has become a nuisance particularly on the stretch of sidewalk in front of the former Custer hotel on North Main Street. Chief McCann pledged to look into the problem.
Councilman Kevin Best said that he had been receiving complaints about cars that have been parked on Fern Avenue. Junked cars are taking up space, which could lead to a criminal offense on the grounds of zoning violation.
"Some of those cars have been there for years," said Best.
Concerns about parking on Jamison Avenue and Court Street were brought up. Cars are often parked on both sides of the narrow streets, which presents a challenge for school bus drivers.
A water break occurred Thursday on Warren Street. Approximately 90,000 gallons of water were lost in half an hour, and an estimated 100 feet along the street will need to be rebased and repaved. The break has been temporarily patched.
After a third reading, the council voted to pass an ordinance that will decrease the speed limit on Lower Lincoln Avenue from 25 mph to 15 mph.
The village's annual Christmas parade will be Dec. 7 at 6 p.m., with line-up beginning at 5 p.m. After the parade, Santa Claus will be at Wallace Lodge in Sally Buffalo Park and treats and hot cocoa will be served. There will also be a craft show all day at the Park. The Lions Club will be serving a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The next village council meeting will be Dec. 19 at 12 p.m.
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