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Vilonia not planning a debris clean-up deadline

Vilonia Mayor James Firestone said the city has no plans at this time to impose a deadline for homeowners to remove debris leftover from the April 2014 tornado, despite reports that said otherwise.

“What we are doing, we’re getting ready to send out letters to property owners reminding them the one-year anniversary is coming up and just encourage them,” he said, adding that the city is aware the weather has hampered clean-up efforts.

Code Enforcement Officer Keith Hillman is preparing the letters that should be ready to mail in the next few days.

Firestone said although complying with ordinances is important, the city understands extenuating circumstances.

“We do have ordinances that require the lots to be kept in a certain order and there comes a point that we do have to enforce our ordinance,” he said. “These people were affected by the storm. We want to be considerate.”

Firestone said the city’s clean-up efforts are complete.

“The city has done everything it can,” he said. “We can’t go on personal property.”

If the city ever entertains setting a deadline for property owners to clean up the debris, the City Council would have to approve it.

Aldermen Sherry Clements, Kathy French, Jim King, Art Pischke, Joe Maxwell and Skip Cates comprise the City Council, which meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday each month at Vilonia City Hall.

As of Thursday, no such item was on the council’s agenda for its April 21 meeting, Firestone said.

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