The council noted that they could ask the State for grants to help demolish the buildings.
The council formed an inspection committee of Smart, Johnson, Police Chief Dave Tallman, and the city building inspector.
In other business, the council approved the 2014 Motor Fuel Tax program as presented by City Engineer Alan Spesard. The $160,349 will be used to seal coat roads, seal cracks, and to purchase additional salt for the winter ice and snow control.
The council also approved the CEFS Partnership Agreement and the Public Transit Program Coordination Agreement as presented by Spesard.
Commissioner Thom Schafer addressed the need for a renters’ compliance ordinance to help get and keep homes habitable. He also asked to have a discussion at the next meeting on what to do with those businesses not in compliance with the brush disposal ordinance.
Commissioner Smart commended the members of the Friends of the Sunken Garden for the work they have done.
“They have spent $42,874 on the project and are concerned about the maintenance of the project in the future,” Smart said. “They are looking for help from civic organizations. They also need a younger group of people to take an interest in the Sunken Garden.”
Smart also requested to advertise for a full-time employee for the cemetery crew.
“We need to get someone in place soon with Memorial Day and mowing season coming up,” he said.
Other council members questioned the need for a full time person if part time workers could fill the job.