In other action:
* Councilman Desper Lemon said, "We've got some serious problems with household trash. We've got so many people who don't have trashcans. I've done a survey -- it's mostly rental property."
Callaway said that if a serious violation of the city's ordinances exists, a police officer could issue a citation.
Lemon said, "I hate to see something like that done but sometimes a tap on the pocketbook gets people's attention. I think we need to address this."
Callaway said he would bring the issue to the attention of the city's property inspector.
* Councilwoman Cheryl Thomas said the St. Albans Partnership requested permission to waive the city fee and requirement for a permit for the citywide yard sale. She said that instead of having a sale over a weekend, the plan is to have two sales --- May 11 and Sept. 7. Council approved the request.
During the public forum portion of the meeting Dave Rucker, who said he recently purchased the home at 2311 Monmouth St., praised the city for razing a nearby house. But Rucker said the vacant lot is cluttered with trash and trees and ruts left by machinery.
It was agreed to look into what can be done to improve the property, which the city owns and is preparing to sell.
The next council meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. April 15 in the city building on Sixth Street.