June 26th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

Planning commission asks, time to get tough on trash?

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After a strong outpouring of citizen complaints, the county’s planning and zoning board is looking at expanding the range of legal ramifications for code violations.

Photo by Brandon HicksPlanning Commission member Jerry Pearman reviews suggested changes to the county's litter grant resolution. Pearman made the motion to accept revisions to the resolution that would broaden the county's code enforcement officers' scopes of authority.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Planning Commission member Jerry Pearman reviews suggested changes to the county’s litter grant resolution. Pearman made the motion to accept revisions to the resolution that would broaden the county’s code enforcement officers’ scopes of authority.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Carter County Planning Commission voted in favor of modifying the county’s litter grant resolution to broaden the scope of code enforcement throughout the county.

Planning Director Chris Schuettler said the proposed modifications were the result of a large number of complaints to the county’s Equalization Board.

“They had 111 citizens come through,” Schuettler said. “The biggest complaint they had was that (their) neighbors had a junked-up, trashy place. With that in mind, we went back to the litter resolution.”

Even without the citizens’ complaints, Schuettler said he was aware of violations that his office was incapable of correcting.

At one address, he said, “If you go about midway behind this house, there’s a rubbish pile about half the size of this room, and about 6 feet tall,” Schuettler said. “There is a health and safety hazard there. Really, there’s nothing we can do about it.”

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