DeGraff council meets to discuss dilapidated buildings


The DeGraff village council met in regular session Tuesday night. Mayor Orsborne informed the council that her office is awaiting direction from Village Solicitor Zeb Wagner about how to proceed in notifying property owners whose buildings are in poor condition. It is likely the property owners will receive a letter from the village informing them that the structure will need to be brought to code or the building could be condemned.

Village Administrator Ken McAlexander’s report indicated that the Hartford Building has been torn down and the debris is in the process of being hauled away. He also recommended that the council give its blessing to the crew that will be running broadband internet lines through the village en route to Quincy. McAlexander recommended that the council waive any permitting requirements as no construction will be done, only digging. The council waived the permitting requirements.

Mayor Orsborne also informed the council that there would be a public meeting held next Tuesday, March 14th at 6:00 PM to take questions about the firehouse levy that will be on the ballot in May.

In the legislative portion of the meeting, an ordinance that amends the traffic fine schedule for the village was presented for adoption. The council waived the three-reading rule and adopted the ordinance on its first reading. Additionally, a resolution approving the writing-off of approximately $17,000 in delinquent utility accounts was given its first reading.

The next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 PM.