Last updated: August 28. 2014 9:55AM - 114 Views
By DEBRA GASKILL For the News-Current

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BEAVERCREEK — Twenty-nine property owners will face a total of 39 assessments for failure to control weeds, following action taken at Monday’s city council meeting.

The city will submit the assessments, which total $6,624.30, to the Greene County Auditor’s office this week, which will then add the amounts to each cited property tax bill.

The assessments are for the last quarter of 2013 and 2014 to date. These assessments are made annually.

After being cited for weeds or high grass over 10 inches high, the property owner has five days to mow or have the city pay a contractor to mow it, Financial Director Bill Kucera told council.

If unpaid, the city then adds $100 administrative fees and then an additional $25 assessment fee, for each time the city has to mow the property.

Of the $6,624, $3,900 is administrative costs and $975 is assessment costs. The average cost of mowing overgrown lots for 2014 is $45.72, Kucera said. There is $5,323.30 in assessments from 2014; $1,301 is from the last quarter of 2013.

The highest assessment amount is $837.13 for five mowing invoices on a Straight Arrow Road lot in Indian Estates.

In other business, the city received kudos for its financial records, according to information presented at council.

Greg Hughes, of Plattenburg and Associates, a CPA firm based in Dayton and Cincinnati, audited the city’s records, giving it a “clean opinion,” according to spokesman Glen Hughes.

Auditors found no “material control weakness conditions,” or instances of noncompliance in the city’s books.

“That’s the best you can get,” Hughes said. “These are very clean audit reports. That’s very difficult to achieve.”

“There’s a lot of urban legends out there that says the city didn’t do this or that,” said council member Vicky Giambrone. “This is proof that we did.”

The city gave the go-ahead for the Parks and Recreation Department to apply for a $34,000 Nature Works Grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The grant will be used to fund a poured-in-place rubberized surface for Virgallito Park’s handicapped accessible playground.

The grant is an 80/20 match with the city’s share totaling $8,000.

Debra Gaskill is a nearly 20-year journalism veteran and freelance writer covering Beavercreek.

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