By CRAIG HALL
The Heavener city council approved code violations for several properties on Thursday night, discussed animal control problems and a possible change to the city’s charter.
The council approved code violations for the following properties for failure to keep the yard mowed: 707 W 2nd, 502 W Ave. G, 805 E 6th, 902 W 3rd and 305 W 4th.
They also approved accepting a home at 301 E Ave. A from Wells Fargo Bank. The bank wants to donate the home to the city. It was approved with plans to sell the property.
Under the department head report, the council discussed road conditions along with the problems the town has been dealing with on skunks and other animals. New equipment has been ordered to help deal with skunks and other animals.
They also heard an update on the audit. According to city manager Larry Jones, the auditors from Beall Barclay have been working on the audit and they have requested material to help finish up the audits from the last three fiscal years.
Jones also said he has been in contact with OK Foods about the changes to the deboning operation and future. He also said the city’s new website is up and running, although there is still a lot of work to be done on it.
The council closed with a discussion on a possible change to the town’s charter, giving council members more power to deal with hiring and firing of personnel.
Kathy Guinn was not for the change while the other members appeared to be in favor of it.
“I don’t think it is right,” she said. “This is not what our city fathers wanted. I don’t think some of the stuff is important as we are making it out to be.”
Mayor Troy Dyer said, “I feel like we owe it to the people to let them decide.”
If the council does decide to put the issue to a vote, wording would need to be in by Dec. 11 with the election held in February along with the school board election.
The council also discussed the old city hall and broken windows. Jones said he would look into getting the broken windows fixed.