As part of the city’s continuing effort to keep the community looking neat, officials announced Monday night that a town-wide clean-up day will be held Saturday, Sept. 21.

  The Belmond City Council heard plans for a curb-side pickup program that will include furniture, tires and appliances. Pre-paid stickers will be necessary for tires and appliances. Many other items will be removed at no charge.

  “We’ll be getting out more information to the public as the date approaches,” said Public Works Director Mark Dirks.

  City officials also talked Monday night about nuisance enforcement efforts. So far in 2019, over four dozen properties have been cited for long grass and weeds, garbage, old tires, old furniture, junk vehicles and old appliances.

  Only three property owners have failed to take care of their violations. The city has handled those problems and billed the owners of the properties. “So far I haven’t had to take anyone to court this year,” said City Attorney Gary Berkland.

  The council discussed the city’s new swimming pool fence rules with Sue Beers. Mrs. Beers and her husband Rich recently built a new house with a swimming pool in the back yard. She said they had been planning a fence since May, but there were delays getting it installed. Meanwhile, the council passed its new rules before the Beers’ fence went up this past week.

  “We feel the new rule was targeted at us,” she said. “No one contacted us. We feel it was rushed through.” She told the council that the pool has a locked safety cover that is safer than a fence.

  City officials said they had received multiple phone calls about three pools around town. “The city needs a pool ordinance,” said Mayor Frank Beminio. I used to be the police chief and I thought we already had a fence rule in Belmond, but we didn’t. We talked to your son-in-law when you were out of town, and you had already complied, so we weren’t targeting you.”

  Mrs. Beers and her daughter suggested the council consider expanding the fence rules to include above-ground pools, hot tubs and spas that are 24 inches or more deep. “We know of a child that drowned in a five-gallon bucket,” she remarked.  

  In other news, the council:

  --heard that WMTel has announced it will be ending its internet service in Belmond effective October 1;

  --heard that a celebration is being planned for...

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