February 26, 2014
”Where is code enforcement?”
This burned out house is one of the first things people see when they cross Lake Jackson on Hwy 212. This is where most people think they have just come into Jasper County. It’s has been like this for many, many months.
I have attempted to get some information on the code enforcement citations written in 2013. It seems to be impossible because there is no list and no citation book that can be reviewed.
I have found that in all of 2013 only 12 code enforcement cases went through the Magistrate Court. This included 3 Theft of Utilities and 9 Solid Waste Violations according to the Magistrate’s records I received.
At the BOC meeting on Monday, 3/4/13, Ms. Braley told the BOC there had been 84 citations issued since January. This would be 21 working days. I asked for a copy of the citation list showing the date of citation and violation at that time. This is the response I received:
From: Sherry Braley [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:36 PM
To: ‘Mary Patrick’; ‘Lorri Smith’
Cc: ‘B.Henry’; ‘Bruce Henry’; ‘Carl Pennamon’; ‘Doug Luke’; ‘Gene Trammell’; ‘Luke’; ‘Salmon’; ‘Trammell’; ‘James Alexander’
Subject: RE: Code Enforcement Citations
The citation list was created, at your request, when you were a Commissioner. The citation list was maintained through 12/31/2012. This open records request cannot be fulfilled because this document is no longer being maintained.
Planning & Zoning
Recently, I asked again for a list of citations or just the ability to review copies of the citations. I have been told I can pay for the time it takes to have all the citations pulled out of each closed case folder (I was told I can only get information from closed cases only), have someone watch me while I look at them, and then have the citations put back into the folders. No one seems to have the ability to tell me how many citations have been written in 2013.
This would be amusing if the situation in Rolling Wood Cove and Alcovy Shores (and Turtle Cove as well) weren’t so serious and continues to be serious. These are the areas people coming into our county see first.
Instead of thinking about how this first impression looks to prospective citizens and businesses and having it cleaned up, our commissioners are worried about a new strategic plan and running water lines around the county.
Send us pictures of any “eye-sores” you see throughout the county.