August 12, 2020
Shane Sealy’s official title is “Land Planning and Zoning Supervisor”, but exactly what does he supervise and what is his reason for turning a blind eye to obvious violations of the builders and developers to follow codes in our county? Does he not know the codes?
There are several subdivisions being built out in Jasper County, and it is Sealy’s job to make sure they are all built to code so that the homebuyer gets a quality home that is “up to code.” That is not happening. A recent post on NextDoor follows:
“Hi all! Purchased a new house in the Hodges Farm subdivision this year. Wanted to let everyone know how the county building inspector and PZ has failed in doing there job to make sure new construction is done correctly.
First of all after a dispute with the builder about him approaching [encroaching] on my property I found out the house is 12 feet from the property line and should be 15 feet.
After being told that the drain field lines were in the back yard I was at the house one day watching them install the drain fields at another lot. This made me think that my drain field lines had to be close to the property line if they went around that side of the house. Got with the county health department to get the layout of the drain field system and sure enough it starts right on or past the property line. Called Shane Sealy and did get a response back . Sent me a email saying that he told the builder fix it about a week or so ago. Have not heard any thing further.
Just today I found a electrical outlet with no wires attached. It is the county’s responsibility to check all the electrical components of a new house right?
Does Jasper County have the right people in place to inspect a proposed 150 house subdivision on county line road?”
Who is the builder in Hodges Farm Subdivision? SDR, the same builder that bought a lot in The Peninsula development and clear cut the lot all the way to the lake. This builder seems to think he can get away with whatever he wants. How did he get that idea? Maybe it is because SDR seems to be getting away with issues listed above in the homeowner’s post. Or maybe because Sealy only asked for a $500 fine per citation in Magistrate Court on the clear cut and other violations by SDR on the Peninsula lot. The state mandated fine was $2500.00 each. After the solicitor and magistrate judge took advantage of Sealy’s “good will”, the fine ended up being only $700 total. What a deal! **Please note that Sealy handled this case in court, not the code enforcement officer. WHY?**
It doesn’t appear that SDR has to use best management practices when it comes to silt fences either. Here’s a picture of them cleaning the driveway of a house in the Hodges Farm subdivision after a rain.
Shane Sealy had allowed the developers at the Peninsula to violate all silt fence codes and this goes on all over the county.
Here is a picture of a job site in Newton County where codes are enforced:
Here is a picture of a job site in Jasper County where codes are not being enforced:
TWG has repeatedly said that when Sealy (and/or the County Manager and/or commissioners) steps in and does not allow any code enforcement officer to do their job, you are going to get bigger and bigger violations. The BOC does nothing about it. Eventually the county will be sued and the taxpayers will pay the bill.
Does Jasper County have the right people in place to permit, inspect, and approve the building going on in the county? What is Shane Sealy’s reason for turning a blind eye to violations and failures?
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