Slater council discusses nuisance properties

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

The calendar says Saturday is the first day of spring and Slater residents may want to start thinking about spring cleaning. City Attorney Pat Cronan will be looking at nuisance properties starting next week, he said Tuesday at the Slater City Council meeting.

"The weather is getting nice," Cronan said. "It is time for people to start cleaning up their yards. We don't want to be mean and nasty, but we've been known to be mean and nasty."

With council members J.H. Audsley, J.E. Durham and Cathie Jeffries absent, the council operated with a minimum quorum. The issue came into play when Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith asked the council, on behalf of the Slater Bear Creek Blues Committee, for a liquor license to be issued for June 26, when the committee plans to have a blues festival. A motion to allow the license from June 25-27 passed 4-0, with Councilman Terry Jordan abstaining because of religious reasons.

"We need five votes for an ordinance, but a majority (of those present) will do for a license," Cronan said after the vote.

A motion to allow the blues committee use of the city's football field on June 26, the same day as the Slater Chamber of Commerce's Backyard BBQ contest, passed 5-0.

Griffith said the council applied for several grants to help fund four performances to take place every two hours starting at 2 p.m. the day of the festival, and has tentatively set ticket prices at $10 in advance or $12 at the event. In answer to Councilman Russell Jones' questions, Griffith said the committee would have fund-raising events to cover the cost of the event and any remaining money would stay with the organizing committee or would be donated to an organization if the committee disbands. He said beer and wine coolers would likely be the only alcohol sold at the event.

The featured performer of the evening will be Frank Bangs Secret Stash of Chicago, Ill. Other bands scheduled to play are Big Babe Martin and the Chump Change Band of Columbia, the Bel Airs of Columbia and the Bluedaddies of Kansas City.

"One of the ideas is to bring people to town," said Councilman Stephen Allegri, who serves on the 10-member committee.

Another motion barely passed during the meeting.

Allegri, apparently in jest, voted against an ordinance for the City of Slater to opt out of the state's sales tax holiday in August, which affects the purchase of school-related items. After Cronan announced the motion did not pass by its 4-1 margin, Allegri stated that he changed his vote. Neither a second consideration of the motion nor a second roll call vote were taken.

The City Council will meet next at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, and will reorganize after the April 6 election.

A meeting to discuss city streets will occur at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, at Slater City Hall. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The council asks that any citizen who wants to suggest street repairs tell a council member prior to the meeting.

Contact Jenny Bryers at

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