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April 10, 2013

Paved driveways not set in concrete

DUNCAN — Not everyone agreed Tuesday at the Duncan City Council meeting about implementing more city ordinances that could require paved driveways and prohibit people from parking in their yards. Even though no action was taken, the topic raised much discussion.

Should the council require cars to be parked on paved driveways, many homeowners would have to spend quite a bit of money to pave their driveway, offered some residents. Also, council member Ritchie Dennington also voiced concerns.

Several members of the public showed up to participate on both sides of the discussion including Leeland Stevens, who said people could not drum up pride in their community when they are making as little money as many people in Duncan are.

The discussion actually stemmed from the last council meeting at which Vice-Mayor Ricky Mayes commented that he had received calls from a resident complaining of issues such as the depositing of trash and grass in the streets, grass cutting in the street right-of-way and parking vehicles on unpaved surfaces in residential areas.

Community Development Manager Dana Schoening told council of the current ordinances regarding the depositing of trash and grass in the street. Schoening also suggested that with the filling of an open code enforcement position, a development expected to take place within the next week, the code enforcement division should be able to enforce these ordinances more.

Schoening suggested the council consider tightening these ordinances and adding ordinances that would prohibit cars from parking in yards or on unpaved residential structures.

The suggestions were met with approval by members of the city council by all, except Dennington, who supported the idea but said the council needed to be careful in dictating what homeowners could do at their residences.

After Stevens commented about the low income of many people within the city, City Manager Jim Frieda also shared his thoughts.

“I do not need a buck in my pocket to go clean trash up out of my front yard,” he said.

Mayor Gene Brown said he would like to find positive ways to help the community treat their residences with pride that would instill a desire to keep their homes looking nice rather than having to mandate it with codes and fines. However, those will be used when necessary.

“We really need to have people start taking care of their yards and have pride in the community,” Mayes said.

The discussion regarding the beautification of Duncan was meant for discussion only.

In other business, the council approved:

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