CG council has first reading of vendor sales ordinance

Published 10:12 am Wednesday, August 17, 2011

COAL GROVE — At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Coal Grove Village Council drafted and had the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit commercial vendors from selling their products from vehicles on the village streets.

The new ordinance would also not allow audio messages to be played from external speakers on those vehicles, like an ice cream truck.

Village Solicitor Mark McCown drafted the placeholder ordinance until council could decide everything that would be included in the language of the ordinance.

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Council agreed that the ordinance would be to prevent children from running into the streets and possibly being hit by the vendor or another vehicle.

Council also had first reading of an ordinance that would amend the current ordinance of the court cost associated with an aggravated reckless traffic ticket. If passed, the ordinance would raise the fee to $1,000, which is the maximum for a misdemeanor charge. The current cost is $900.

In other business:

• Mayor Larry McDaniel said he had gotten three estimates for the cost of paving and patching the roadways and filling potholes.

The lowest bid, from Tri-Cities Paving, was $4,750, he said, plus a price per ton to fill the pot holes, which the company had not yet given him.

McDaniel said he would contact the company to see about getting the price of the pothole repair and moving the project along if the price was reasonable and cheaper than the other estimates.

• At the last council meeting on Aug. 2, Police Chief Eric Spurlock suggested that the crosswalks be repainted before school began. McDaniel reported that the project was completed Tuesday.

• Village resident Carl Bennett asked if council would consider putting a No Parking sign on her fence so people wouldn’t park on her property along Center Street. Council said it would consider it.

• Village resident Christine Hardy asked if council would repair the streets around her home. She said she wouldn’t be able to travel them when it snows in the winter.

The next village council meeting will be Sept. 6.