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City to lot owners: Clean up or pay up

A public hearing is set for Aug. 6 for Brookhaven aldermen to hear from seven property owners with overgrown yards who received letters from the city this week advising them to clean up or pay up.

The public hearing is at 6 p.m. in the city’s boardroom downstairs in the Lincoln County-Brookhaven Government Complex on South First Street.

If aldermen direct building inspector David Fern to have the city cut the grass, the property owner will be on the hook for the cost, which is about $300 for one cut.

Fern also told aldermen this week that no one showed for a public hearing concerning an amendment to the city’s zoning ordinance regarding first-floor residential rentals in the Central Business District.

“There was no opposition to it. There was no one to speak against it,” he said.

The amendment, which will go into effect in mid-August, makes it unlawful for ground-floor occupancy on retail property located in the C-2 zoned Central Business District.

In other business, Tuesday:

• Aldermen unanimously voted to approve Police Chief Kenneth Collins’ request to purchase a Honda ATV from Brookhaven Honda for $13,547 to replace a Polaris ATV that can’t be used. Collins said the Polaris still runs, but not well, and suggested the BPD be allowed to donate it to another city department. Collins has money for the replacement ATV in his budget.

• Collins told aldermen the police department has set up a command center at the Lincoln Civic Center Baseball Complex for the duration of the Dixie Youth World Series. The command center is in a trailer on loan from Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Clifford Galey.

• The board approved the resignation of Brookhaven police officer Michael McDonald, effective July 15.

• The board, following an executive session, voted to terminate the employment of Brookhaven police officer Nathan Haskell for cause based on the police chief’s recommendation.

• The board met in executive session with Garrick Combs, executive director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation and Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, about possible new business in Brookhaven. Mayor Joe Cox said no action was taken after the closed-door meeting, which was required since Combs planned to name potential businesses.