The Centerville City Council at City Hall Monday voted to move forward with the process to vacate a tree-filled ravine located between North Fifth Street and West Maple Street, or Highway 2 that was originally platted to be a continuation of West Jackson Street.
Centerville resident Jay Rogers and Kris Laurson, representing the 18-80 Club, talked to the council about the 33-foot wide by approximately 400-foot long ravine. Rogers lives in the 900 block of West Maple Street and the 18-80 Club, located in the 900 block of West State Street, both have property that abuts the ravine.
Both Rogers and the 18-80 Club want to acquire different portions of the tract of land after the city vacates it.
Four property owners living on West State Street abutting the area have signed a form stating they do not object to the proposed vacation.
After vacation, the individual(s) offering to purchase the property pay fees and costs totaling $275 plus $45 per deed.
“I think that it’s absolutely great that Jay wants to step forward and take over this property,” Councilman Ron Creagan said. “It’s been an eye sore for years.”
Centerville resident Mark Revers talked about ways to approach enforcing building code compliance by adding two police department officers to enforce ordinances and city codes in the areas of minimum housing and nuisance abatement. Revers said the city does not have enough man power to enforce and follow up on ordinances and city codes.
Bolstering Revers’ vision was the announcement by Centerville Police Chief Tom Demry the federal COPS grant was brought back and was something the police department had success with in the past.
“I thought that money was gone,” Chief Demry said. “In May they’re going to open them up with the emphasis on community policing. If we can secure this, it’s right up our alley.”