Public opines on nuisance ordinance

The Jefferson County Supervisors met Monday to hear public feedback about proposed changes to the county?s nuisance ordinance and to approve those changes.

About half a dozen county residents attended the meeting to share nuisance complaints and to support better enforcement of the ordinance. No one in attendance criticized the effort and the board decided that a second public hearing would not be necessary.

The changes to the ordinance were approved unanimously along with the memorandum of understanding with Regional Utility Service Systems, which will act in the capacity of nuisance compliance agent for the county. Also approved was the policy and procedures document which outlines the details of how RUSS will act on behalf of the county.


Public feedback

Long time Abingdon resident MaryAnn Nordyke addressed the board about her perspective as a county resident.

?I?d like to encourage the supervisors to go ahead with the changes to the nuisance ordinance. We have a real problem out there and a real problem knowing how to get something done. When I moved to Abingdon 49 years ago, it was a nice clean community. In the process of time, it has turned into a dump in a lot of places,? said Nordyke.

Assistant Attorney for Jefferson County Pat McAvan attended the hearing to answer questions and offer perspective. McAvan worked with RUSS to rewrite the ordinance and supporting documents.

?The concern that has been given to me over an over again has been how does the county be consistent in the way they apply the ordinance,? he said. ?The changes that have been made have been done with specifically that in mind.?

The ordinance does not currently address all nuisance problems. Loose dogs and noise disturbances are not covered under the ordinance and there are few avenues of redress for such problems. County resident Linda Hendricks told of her ongoing problem with a neighbor and their aggressive dog.

?I called the sheriff and they told me that if it comes in my yard or it is in the road and gets aggressive, then shoot it,? she said. ?I said I don?t want to kill this or any dog. I just want to work this out.?


Road work

County Engineer Scott Cline updated the board on recent road work which included: road-blading, fresh cutting with the boom-mower at Jasmine and 165th, clearing trees and limbs after a storm, ditching 167th east of Pleasant Plain Road, a new culvert on 136th Street, and dust proofing on Brookville Road.

The quality of rock used for road gravel on certain county roads was discussed after reports of flat tires were brought to the board?s attention. While a number of reasons for this were discussed, the county engineer was asked to look into the sources for the rock in question and whether there have been other complaints.

?Right after rock comes out of a crusher, it?s a little bit sharper than after it?s been bladed and travelled on,? Cline said. ?So I don?t know that there?s anything we can do about it. I don?t know that we?ve gotten rock that everyone else isn?t putting on their county roads, too.?

A liquor license was approved for Jefferson County Cider Works. Work on the courthouse sidewalks is expected to be completed within a week. Supervisor Dick Reed reported that attendance at the Greater Jefferson County Fair was good despite the heat.