By Nancy Lindsey\r\nThe Stuart Town Council discussed the possibility of activating its nuisance ordinance after hearing citizen complaints at the June 15 meeting.\r\nAnne Hall, accompanied by her husband, Larry Hall, told the council that their neighbor\u2019s property on Hillcrest Street is \u201cnot just unsightly, it\u2019s filthy.\u201d\r\nHall said she has seen at least one wharf-rat, but is afraid to put out rat poison because it could harm her dogs, and she accused her neighbor of trying to poison one of her dogs. There has also been fighting and broken windows (on the neighbor\u2019s property), she said.\r\nHall said Town Manager Terry Tilley had \u201chelped us tremendously\u201d in coping with the problems.\r\nHall acknowledged that one problem has improved, because the neighbor does not block the Halls\u2019 vehicles with his vehicles when he mows his yard.\r\nMayor Ray Weiland said the town has some ordinances that could be used. He said another town resident had put up \u201cno parking\u201d signs along his street, but in the Halls\u2019 case the neighbor is apparently not blocking the street.\r\nHall said she and her husband have erected fences and planted Leland cypresses in an effort to cut off the view. \u201cThat corner is absolutely filthy,\u201d she said.\r\nTown Attorney Chris Corbett said there are \u201clongtime blight issues\u201d in the town of Stuart. In cases where dilapidated houses and overgrown yards have become violations of health and safety laws, the town has the authority to take over the property, do the necessary work, and charge the property-owner for the work, he said.\r\nThe house on Park Street was one example of blight abatement undertaken by the town. Another current example of blight is the deteriorating old house next to Hardee\u2019s, Corbett has said.\r\nCorbett said he and Tilley will look into the situation.\r\n\u201cWe will investigate it,\u201d Weiland said.\r\nIn other matters at the town council meeting:\r\nThe mayor appointed a committee composed of himself, Tilley, Vice Mayor Rebecca Adcock and John \u201cMac\u201d Deekens to evaluate the proposals for designing the improvements to the wastewater treatment plant.\r\nThe Lane Group (formerly Adams and Heath) submitted the lowest bid, Tilley said.\r\nTilley said the new Christmas lights will be paid out of both the 2016 and 2017 budgets.\r\nEddie Turner of the Lane Group (formerly a mayor of the town of Stuart) said he, Adcock, and Tilley visited Galax on June 14 to see how the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) \u201cSafe Routes for Schools Program\u201d has been used there.\r\nThere are new sidewalks, painted crosswalks, signage and bike lanes and facilities, Turner said. Charles Cauley of Patrick County was the low bidder and completed the project, he said.\r\nThe project, which the town is considering applying for, is funded 80% state and 20% local, Turner said.\r\nThe council voted to award the bid for air conditioning at the wastewater treatment plant lab to the low bidder, Hydro Air, for $3,800.\r\nAdcock reported that there the town budget has $2,400 remaining in its contributions line, and recommended that the board allocate $1,000 to the Caring Hearts Free Clinic and $1,000 to the Patrick County Community Food Bank.\r\nAdcock\u2019s motion passed 4-1, with council members Terry Dalton, Deekens, Leon Puckett and Adcock voting in favor. Dean Goad voted against the motion.