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ELIZABETHTOWN — Councilmen with the Elizabethtown Town Council will meet Tuesday and deal with a relatively light agenda — except for one potentially contentious item.


According to Town Manager Eddie Madden, the agenda will include an appearance by Pat Melvin, co-owner of the building which houses Bladen Hardware — as well as a code enforcement matter and surplus property. The board will also take up the issue of the state health plan that will be effective Jan. 1 for town employees.


Madden said Melvin recently completed a “request to appear” form and returned it to the town clerk.


“The request to appear says he wants to discuss the Bladen Hardware awning,” said Madden.


Madden said that a letter was sent recently via certified mail to both Melvin and the building’s co-owner Eugene Anderson regarding the matter. The town has been attempting to get the Bladen Hardware building’s awning into compliance for more than a year, and Melvin has stated that the town owns the awning, not him.


The code enforcement matter is an effort to deal with the Bladen Hardware awning, which, according to the town ordinances, is too large. The matter was tabled at the August meeting.


Melvin told the Journal following that meeting that he had not received any letters regarding any issues with the awning on the building. The Journal was able to obtain two letters — the first letter was dated dated April 9, 2012, in which owners were notified of the compliance issue specifying the code changes and included a copy of the town’s facade grant application to help defray the costs. Melvin’s name and a business address, which appears on his business cards, appear as one of the addressees on the letter.


Another letter was dated Oct. 7, 2013. This letter lists Jan. 6, 2014, as the deadline the properties in question need to brought into compliance before enforcement proceedings will begin. At that time, the letter shows four properties were not in compliance and names Melvin as a recipient though it does not list the address to which the letter was sent.


The town updated its zoning ordinance and municipal codes as it pertains to awnings and sidewalks in May 2011. The changes state that an awning must not be less than 8 feet above the sidewalk and not extend out from the building more than 6 feet into the town’s right-of-way. Violations can result in a $50 fine and “can lead to abatement by the town,” according to the ordinance.


The board will meet in the Council Chamber in the Elizabethtown Municipal Building at 7 p.m.


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