The Oasis Plaza owners were invited to make their case before an open meeting of Council on Sept. 29, but there was no representation or communication, other than a letter from Joe Carhoun on Aug. 30 requesting reconsideration.
In his letter, Carhoun said he wanted to do a permanent fix, rather than the temporary fix the Village had suggested in sheeting in the front of the building with plywood. He also took strong exception to the Village’s request to take down the signs on the building, although he seems to have confused the attached signs with the large free-standing sign in the parking lot.
“We have to have this signage,” he wrote. “It also serves as lighting for our parking lot.”
Administrator Dan Plamondon said that he advised Carhoun that Council would confirm, cancel or amend their decision based on his presentation at the Council meeting.
“We want to be fair and be seen to be fair,” said Mayor John Ranta.
Plamondon recommended that they extend Carhoun’s deadline to respond for another 16 days to Oct 15 because of the timing of his response.
“My taste in light of the fact there’s been no representation is to confirm remedial actions and send him notice of that,” said Mayor Ranta.
“His letter pretty much confirms his intention to not do anything we ask,” observed Coun. Herb Hofer, who asked if the Village was required to provide more time.
The owner had 15 days to appeal Council’s decision, said Ranta. He waited until the 14th day, “so we’re still giving him 30 days to do the work.”
Plamondon said if there is no work done on the building by Oct. 15, the Village can commence action on the 16th without Council’s authorization.