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08-26-03: Residents list woes of subdivision

ST. MARYS — A Klosterman Lane couple ripped city council members on Monday for a number of perceived problems in the neighborhood where they recently built a new home.
Robert Kohlreiser, 1523 Klosterman Lane, complained about poor drainage in the subdivision, illegal trash dumping in the area, excessive speeding and loud exhaust by young drivers and the lack of assistance he has received from the city so far.
“That’s a residential area. It should be treated as such,” Kohlreiser said.
Kohlreiser said he received some assistance from St. Marys council member Bill Slemmons, but said council member Dennis Vossler did not even return his telephone calls.
Vossler disputed that. “I remember calling you back and talking to you. Your call was returned,” he said.
Dealing with concerns
Other city officials said they already have tried to deal with Kohlreiser’s concerns and said they would continue to do so.
“Everything you’ve talked about tonight, we’ve worked on,” Safety-Service Director Mike Weadock said.
Mayor Greg Freewalt asked Kohlreiser to make a list of his complaints and city officials would further investigate each claim. Extra police patrols have been sent to the neighborhood to deter speeders, Freewalt said.
“I’m certain we have some speeders, but I don’t think it’s that bad,” Freewalt said.
“I can’t remember a time in St. Marys when there weren’t complaints about youngsters in loud cars,” said council President Daniel Hoelscher, who then tried to close the public participation portion of the meeting to move on to other business.
Traffic concern
But Kohlreiser continued, complaining about kids “driving hot rods all hopped up.” It was not clear whether he was talking about the young drivers or their cars being “all hopped up.”
When Hoelscher tried again to close the discussion, Kohlreiser persisted, moving on to complaints about junk and construction debris dumping on some undeveloped lots in the subdivision.
Then his wife, Unice Kohlreiser, launched into her own assessment of the situation.
“Whoa ... Shut up ... Shut up ... Cut it off,” Robert Kohlreiser muttered to his wife as she blistered council members.
In other business Monday, council members:
• Awarded a key to the city to some young visitors from St. Marys’ sister city of Lienen, Germany.
• Passed final reading of an ordinance to refinance about $1 million in debt that was used to help build the new swimming pool.
• Passed final reading of a resolution approving the county budget commission’s rates for dividing up local government funding that comes from the state to the local political jurisdictions.
• Authorized Weadock to purchase some equipment for the electric department without taking competitive bids. Weadock said multiple price quotes still would be sought.
• Passed an emergency resolution to assess $495 in costs to the property taxes for 521 N. Spruce St. The property had been abandoned and declared a nuisance by the county health department. Anyone who buys the property now will have to pay the additional tax assessment for cleanup.


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