Councilman-at-large John Montgomery introduced the legislation, which charges violators $100 per hour, per worker for city labor, and $200 per piece of equipment.
Currently, the maximum fee that can be billed to property owners is $250. The proposed fees would revert back to the fee schedule before 2011, when the law was last changed.
"We are trying to make this . . . stringent so that people are more apt to take care of their property," Montgomery said.
Like the design work ordinance, this ordinance must go through a public hearing and be passed on second reading before becoming law. Those events will also happen on council's next meeting Sept. 7.
■ Voted to spend up to $4,300 from hotel/motel tax funds toward a new scoreboard for the soccer/football field at Nitro City Park. Council also decided to allow the Nitro Wildcats Soccer League to put up a sign at the field bearing the organization's name. Montgomery also said he is working to help put together the city's application for home rule over the next few months. The application process includes actions by city council and public meetings before said application can be submitted to the state.
"This should make a major impact on bringing the city up and moving it forward," he said.
Councilwoman Laurie Elkins said the city's fire department is hiring two new firefighters. Inquiries for the positions should be forwarded to the department.
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