At last week’s Coleraine City Council meeting, officials interrupted the regular council meeting to hold a public hearing before changing a zoning ordinance.
Following the hearing, councilors voted to amend section 8.11 of the Coleraine City Code, which describes the maintenance of private property. Grass and weeds are now limited to a height of six inches on private property and a first violation would draw law enforcement activity in the form of a citation and a $50 fine. The 10-day grace period has been abolished. Successive violations would increase the amount of the fine and city officials would have the right to order a third party to cut the grass or weeds at the expense of the land owner or a designated respondent.
Councilors also voted to approve three change orders to the new Trout Lake Emergency Services Building project. The changes would add the cost of more concrete for $6,402.30 and subtract a total of $11,473 from the original low bid due to revisions in the site layout and interior plumbing.
Coleraine Street Commissioner Randy Savich gave an update on the generator at the water plant. An electrician has been called to give an estimate to repair damage.
In other business, the council:
• Voted to pass a resolution to defer $10,000 of the annual bond payment from Eagle Ridge Golf Course to help pay for paved cart paths.
• Decided in favor of a resolution to apply for an IRRRB grant for the ski hill.
• Passed a motion to begin the process of acquiring a new police patrol vehicle.
• Approved four liquor licenses for local businesses including Eagle Ridge, Hollywood Bait, The Locker Room and RJ’s.