The Norwood Young America City Council met on September 22 to discuss a few important matters around town. One of these items was the quarterly sheriff’s report, as well as an update about the Public Service Building clean-up.
Matt Arnst, deputy for NYA, came forward to give his report to start the meeting. Part of the report is to address issues and what the deputies and sheriffs plan to do, as well as giving input on issues such as snow removal, even though winter is far away.
According to Arnst, one of the most prevalent complaints has been increased reports of speeding, especially along the outskirts.
“Over the last couple weeks, the deputies and myself have been taking it upon ourselves to enforce more along the western end,” said Arnst.
The speed sign has also been moved along 31 in the hope of drivers seeing it and slowing down as they approach town.
Another big complaint has been the issues with the city’s dump and compost site, mostly in relation to commercial entities using the site to dump waste, such as wood chips. Since the site was intended for public use, this leads to the issue of the site becoming oversaturated while residents don’t get to use it for the intended purpose. Increased patrols are one solution Arnst proposed, and they would be random.
Arnst himself patrolled around the site, and though he hasn’t seen anything suspicious yet, he does have the night car looking into this as well. The hope is to at least deter illegal dumping, removing the strain from the Public Works employees.
Another deterrent he proposed were closers, meaning the site would have business hours. A fence would prevent what Arnst called “commercial entities” from coming in while no one outside of normal work days aren’t able to enter. Of course there would have to be an adjustment period for the citizens, Arnst acknowledged, and he suggested that once or twice a week there could be extended hours for those unable to get to the site during business hours.
Finally, Arnst talked about snow removal, as the work session the same day pertained to many snow removal concerns, such as cars parked outside businesses and residential street parking. The bulk of the discussion revolved around Main Street and Elm Street.
“From the sheriff’s office standpoint, it’s important how we interpret the ordinance as well,” said Arnst. “Until the snow has been cleared from the sidewalk portion, it has been our understanding that normal parking can continue as long as there’s no impeding traffic.”
He suggested that the council continue along that train of thought, especially since there’s a lot of business during the day.
As for the Public Service Building clean-up, Tony Vogt, presented on the progress they’ve made in the last month.
According to Vogt, it’s still a work in progress to remove the scrap metal. They are actively searching for vendors to take them. The dumpsters haven’t been getting full as quickly, either, making their job a little easier currently. The staff is also trying to find storage space for some of the supplies for city events, as the building’s storage area is already full.