Cadiz Council seeks to clean up streets

CADIZ – During Thursday’s Village Council meeting, Councilman Curt Crawshaw stated he has heard complaints about garbage on East Market Street.

Police Chief Ryan McCann noted that issue is in defiance of an ordinance 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.”

Council members also 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, officials said. McCann said he would look into the problem.

Councilman Kevin Best said he’s heard complaints about junk cars that have been parked on Fern Avenue. The vehicles are taking up space, which could lead to a criminal offense, officials said.

“Some of those cars have been there for years,” said Best.

Concerns about parking on Jamison Avenue and Court Street were brought up. It was noted cars are often parked on both sides of the narrow streets, which presents a challenge for school bus drivers, officials said.

In other matters, 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, officials noted.

After a third reading, council voted to pass an ordinance that will decrease the speed limit on Lower Lincoln Avenue from 25 mph to 15 mph.

A reminder was issued that the village’s annual Christmas parade will be held at 6 p.m. today, 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 also will be a craft show at the park.

The next council meeting will be at noon on Dec. 19.