September 4, 2015
If you listen to our BOC, you would think the only thing wrong in Jasper County is the roads. Admittedly, many are in poor shape, but the county itself has become shabby and neglected looking.
We can only blame this on the lack of supervision over Code Enforcement, and the BOC not demanding that people in that department do their jobs.
Here’s a few examples: (You can click on all pictures to enlarge them)
Did you know we now have a junk yard in Jasper County? Yep! It’s down Hwy 83S on Edwards Rd. When was the zoning hearing to allow a junk yard? How did this business get a permit? People that travel past this spot daily have called to say that more and more vehicles are being brought in by the day.
Jasper County still has a burned out house that stands as a “welcome” to people coming to Jackson Lake on Hwy 212. It has been standing for over a year and maybe two and nothing has been done about it. Just wondering how the BOC thinks this will help “economic development” in Jasper County as people coming into the county see it standing there month after month.
Then there’s burned out houses on County Line Rd. One has been standing for over 4 years with nothing done about it. This is the area our BOC Chair and Economic Development Director say “Baxter folks” are coming to live.
We also have people that keep piles of junk in their yard and nothing is done despite complaints—
Off County Line Rd.
Then of course we have Rollingwood Cove that has been in serious “junk mode” for years because of a slum lord that owns about ½ the houses in that area. We have been told some have no electricity, and it is obvious there are no windows in others.
And Turtle Cove has been the latest victim of no code enforcement.
Comm. Luke complains about trash on the roads at almost every meeting, and talked about a mattress along the road in his area for 3 meetings. Yet, the thought of asking why Sherry Braley was never at work or doing her job or why there were no court cases for 2 years never seemed to dawn on him or the other commissioners despite questions and details from this blog and complaints from citizens.
TWG also just found out that Brad Cherry who has worked for the county for several years and Virginia Williams who has worked for the county about 6 months had never been sworn in so they could write tickets. They have both now been sworn in.
It is also interesting that the BOC thought backing $1.8M in bonds for a wood flooring plant was a great idea because the site was so “junky” and that would get it cleaned up. (Yes, they really said this at the meeting.)
Guess what? The new junk yard is right across the street from the wood flooring plant.
Welcome to Jasper County!
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