Noise not included in nuisance ordinance

The Jefferson County Supervisors met Monday to set a date for a public hearing about changes to the county?s nuisance ordinance and hear an update from the county engineer.

The board set a public hearing for 9:30 a.m. July 2 to give residents an opportunity to offer public feedback about proposed changes to the county?s nuisance ordinance.

The ordinance creates the position of a nuisance-compliance officer and allows the county to enter into an agreement with third parties to fill that role.

The hearing was pushed back a week after a number of residents spoke with the board about noise as possible category of nuisance. Board member Lee Dimmitt discussed the issue with the County Attorney?s Office and determined that the causes and circumstances of noise complaints were too difficult to document with consistent and verifiable methods that would be admissible for legal purposes.

?We had a conversation through emails about adding noise to the nuisance ordinance. He said it would be an extremely difficult circumstance to enforce, to make the determination of a noise disturbance,? said Dimmitt.

The board did not include any changes to the nuisance ordinance that would affect the definitions of existing nuisance categories or add new categories. A draft of the proposed changes is available at the County Auditor?s Office at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

The initiative originated with the board as a means to address the need for more consistent enforcement of the ordinance.

The intended outcome is a signed agreement with Rural Utility System Services which would then take over the role of nuisance compliance officer operating under the ordinance with a policy document outlining roles and responsibilities.

County Engineer Scott Cline updated the board on the week?s roadwork and projects. The subject of rumble-strips was discussed.

At last week?s meeting, the board heard a complaint from the owners of This Old Barn stating that the rumble-strips in front of their property are causing a noise issue.

Today, the supervisors spoke with Cline about partially filling in the noise-making road features to reduce the noise while maintaining the feature of alerting a driver to an upcoming intersection.

Other workaday activities of the Road Department were also discussed including blading of gravel roads, brush cutting, mowing of shoulders, replacement of culverts, painting and striping, rock hauling and patching of potholes. New speed limit signs were put up on Pleasant Plain Road.

Work on a bridge replacement on 105th Street has been delayed by rain. Dust-proofing was done on Walton Road. Two flat tires in two days on the same county gravel road will have the county putting attention on the quality of rock they are receiving from vendors.

A disposal-system contractor?s license was approved for Weston Manley and the board approved the reappointment of Lockridge Mayor Paul Corbin to the post of Veteran Affair?s Commission.

Supervisor Dee Sandquist updated the board on strategic planning for child care in the county. Fairfield Economic Development Association director Josh Laraby was on hand to comment.

?The market analysis portion of the study shows that we have a significant need for more spaces. We need improved quality and we need to look at what affordability means. It?s looking like more day care in another facility or facilities will be needed,? said Laraby.

Laraby will be presenting the plan in the coming weeks.