November 12, 2014
There have been many complaints about the lack of code enforcement, especially in the Turtle Cove, Rollingwood Cove, and Alcovy Shores areas.
At the October 15th BOC meeting, the County Manager told the BOC there were 5 active code enforcement investigations at Turtle Cove. This appeared to be said to impress the BOC that despite complaints, something was actually being done by Code Enforcement. However, when open records were requested for citations on these investigations, the answer we got back was, “while these are active investigations, they are not at the stage where citations have been issued. Therefore, there are no records responsive to your request.”
There are no citations, just investigations. There are no logs for our code enforcement officer, people can’t find her in the office nor can we find out what she does because of lack of citations, but the BOC is assured she works. This BOC never asks questions and never asks for any documents or details about anything they are told or led to believe.
Recently, the building inspector (Brad Cherry) was acting as the code enforcement officer and wrote a citation to a citizen because the house numbers were not on the side of the mailbox. You can’t see the side of this mailbox when you look at it because it is at the bottom of a hill in a cul-de-sac. (You would have to drive up to this mailbox like a mailman would to see the side of it.) Numbers were placed above the mailbox so EMS, Fire, Police, Mailman, etc. could see them when they came down the hill.
So now there are numbers on the side of the mailbox and above the mailbox as shown in the picture above. This issue was of utmost importance to code enforcement!
Now let’s look at some things Code Enforcement hasn’t bothered to do anything about for years—
Burned out house on Hwy 212 W that has been sitting for almost 1 ½ years
Burned out house on County Line Rd. that has been sitting 4+ years
Extreme code violations –industrial site in residential area on Stag Run Dr. that has been having buildings, etc. added over several years despite complaints.
House covered and hidden with weeds and overgrowth for many years
Trailer without windows and broken windows
These are just a very few of the problems that people that live nearby have to look at every day and that cause their property values to decrease.
These blighted and burned-out properties are eye sores and bring down surrounding property values. Most of these properties are in the same neighborhood as the “mailbox violation” that was given a citation!
Citizens of this county should not have to tolerate something like this being next door or in their neighborhood for a year, or two, or more. That’s the reason for code enforcement.
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