The City of Van Buren has been asked to consider guidelines for unmanned aircraft.

"Drones with cameras are now appearing in residential areas," Jerry Harris told the council Monday night. "They are not only distracting traffic but they are an invasion of privacy."

Mayor Bob Freeman asked City Attorney Candice Settle to research how other cities regulate drones and get back to the council.

"I am sure this is not a unique problem to Van Buren," Freeman said.

Harris strongly urged the city to consider guidelines governing drones.

"I thought bees were after me one night in my garage when I was unloading groceries," he said.

In other action Monday night, the council voted 6-0 to condemn property at 611 Poplar St. owned by Jason Rider and at 701 Poplar St. owned by Mitcheal C. Roe.

The property owners have 30 days to demolish the structures or the city will tear down the residences and place liens on the property, according to the resolutions approved by the council.

The council reappointed Judith Valley to a five-year term on the Municipal Auditorium Commission and named Linda Bagby to finish a term on the Parks and Recreation Commission.

In other business the council:

• Voted to dispose of backhoe thumb and dynopack tamper no longer needed at the street department and a 1997 Dodge pickup truck formerly used at the Field of Dreams.

• Agreed to pay Elite Roofing $20,500 for replacing defective shingles at the public library. Owens-Corning provided replacement material under warranty and paid for the labor.

• Voted to allow the city to do business with Industrial Precast Inc., which is owned by a family member of Alderman Max Blake.

Prior to the meeting, Freeman tabled resolutions to abandon an alley and for the final payment on the recently opened fire station.