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07.18.07 -- BRIEFS: Noise complaints fall to county, road paving potential future project

By CHER PHILLIPS

Harold Geddes, who lives at the end of 3rd Street asked the council Thursday night to help him address complaints he filed about noise from a neighbor's home. McIntosh does not have a noise ordinance and refers to Marion County codes for any noise complaints. Geddes said he called the Marion County Sheriff in the past, but the officers told him the music was not loud enough to warrant a code violation. Geddes played a recording he made of his neighbor's music, and council members said they would ask the sheriff's office to take a decibel reading in the future.

Town Clerk Debbie Miller informed the council representatives from the Department of Transportation examined McIntosh's roads and said the biggest problem for the town are the cracks in the roadways. An estimated$150,000 would fix the streets in town as far as the roads were concerned. The town is considering resurfacing and will be measuring the roads and mapping the cracks and problem areas to determine which streets are priority. One of McIntosh's largest funding mechanisms comes gas taxes every year, but this money is allocated for roads only.

The council agreed to give the town's employees a $20 per month raise so they will be reachable 24 hours a day, instead of paying for a cell phone.

An engineering firm, Brown and Cullen, Inc., or BCI, submitted an estimate to the town regarding the ongoing case between the town and the Leytems. The 2002 case has been in arbitration for years, and neighbors, some of whom were in attendance Thursday night, would like the town and the Leytems to correct the drainage problems alleged created when the Leytems built a horse rink. BCI would charge the town $18,500 to create a report that could be submitted to court. The council balked at this amount, since this did not include fixing the drainage problems but only assessing them. The council asked Town Attorney Scott Walker to see what the engineering company would do for $5,000. Read the BCI proposal.

Thurman Kingsley gave the council an inexact estimate for the cost of a new town hall. "I got some numbers but I’m not sure they’re 100 percent accurate," he said. Kingsley said he thought a 1,000 square foot building would cost about $110,000 and a 1,500 square foot building would $130,000. He also said he thought that maybe it would cost $65,000 to close in the Civic Center, turning part of it into a town hall. At a workshop, the council asked for estimates of what a new town hall would run. Kingsley provided the council no documentation or other information about what would be included in his estimates last Thursday.

The town's accountant, Richard Powell, said in an e-mail that the town could most likely donate land to the school without receiving other bids, but the town would first have to declare that land surplus. He said the "greatest issue" with the town building a building for the school would be in assuming the loan in the town's name. See CPA report.

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