NEOSHO, Mo. – The city of Neosho plans to hold landowners accountable for cleaning up the graffiti, but if the city does the cleanup, the landowners won’t foot the bill.
Last week, Neosho City Council gave its initial approval to an ordinance that holds landowners accountable for cleaning up graffiti on their property. Prior to the initial approval, council members approved an amendment that changes how the city would enforce measures against landowners who have not cleaned up graffiti on their property.
According to the amendment, the city would have the right to cross the property line and do any work that would cover up the graffiti, in the same way that the city would mow grass that is not cut by the landowner. But unlike in cases where a lawn is mowed, the city will not charge landowners for the cleanup.
Council members noted that while the neglect of the grass lies entirely with the landowner, a person with graffiti is the victim of vandalism.
“I think it is appropriate to limit the costs to protect the landowner who through no fault of his own is forced to pay the costs,” said Richard Davidson, board member.
The vote in favor of the measure was unanimous. Final approval is expected at a future board meeting.
In other cases:
• The city granted La-Z-Boy a tax break for a 60,480 square foot expansion of the company’s manufacturing facility, located at 4301 Howard Bush Drive. According to a press release, the company plans to establish a parts distribution center in the new wing, which will be built on the east side of the building, and estimates construction at $ 6 million.
The center is part of more than $ 30 million of planned investments in the plant over the next two years. The center will require the hiring of an additional 16 full-time employees, according to city documentation.
The council approved cuts over the next 10 years. According to the city charter, the plant is eligible for property tax reductions of 100% over the next two years and 75% over the next eight years. Property tax reductions only apply to new construction.
• The city is expected to receive $ 2.2 million over the next two years from the US bailout, the $ 1.9 trillion federal coronavirus relief bill passed earlier this year.
The city will receive half of the amount as soon as funds are released from the state of Missouri, and the remainder about 12 months later, according to city documentation.