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Log Cabin streamlines city laws

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LOG CABIN–Log Cabin City Council voted April 13 to adopt two ordinances about commercial and unregistered vehicles using city streets, as well as two others covering signs along with water and sewer policies.
Mayor Jennifer Williams said some ordinances had been crafted by previous councils but had not been adopted formally and that language was combined to streamline city laws.
In general, commercial vehicles can’t be parked in front of homes, and those weighing more than 5,000 pounds can’t drive on city streets unless servicing a residence. Three and four-wheelers that lack license plates also are prohibited on city streets.
The water and sewer policy was changed to reflect state mandates on customer service inspections and the new sign ordinance will generally apply to businesses, Williams said.
Also during the council meeting, Williams addressed ordinance violations in Woodland Shores, a subdivision that lies within Log Cabin. Williams wants the city and Woodland Shores Estates Homeowners’ Association (HOA) to be “on the same page” about ordinances, which she said will be strictly enforced to protect the city and its citizens.
HOA President Jason Downing said there has been an uptick in construction projects in his subdivision that is causing more activity.
Council also voted to accept the resignation of City Secretary J’an Shelton, who replaced Belynda Figueriedo in March. Shelton is leaving for a different opportunity in Dallas. Williams said a search for a new city secretary is underway.
In addition, council voted to discontinue Verizon internet and return to CenturyLink as its provider. Williams said by doing so, the city will reduce its monthly bill from $1,350.88 to $786 while gaining more cellphone services.
Further, council approved purchasing at least $35,000 worth of police radios. Log Cabin will initially finance that purchase through a five-year loan but hopes to pay for most or all of the purchase through grants.
Also, Williams reminded council that a one-cent city sales tax increase is on the May 1 ballot, which she said will fund road maintenance. The measure would move Log Cabin’s sales tax from 7.25 cents to the state-maximum 8.25 cents.