|08-26-03: Residents list woes of subdivision
|By TIMOTHY COX
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.
a residential area. It should be treated as such,” Kohlreiser
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
“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,
“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.
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
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:
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.
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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