November 30, 2015
Nancy Carlton, owner of the property at 33 Edwards Road, has finally applied for a Special Use permit on 4.4 acres at the corner of Hwy 83 S and Edwards Rd. to allow a Junkyard.
This junkyard has been in operation for months without a permit, without a business license, and without the State required screening. Even though P&Z and the BOC has known about this for months, nothing has been done as more and more junk cars have been brought in and put on the 4.4 acre parcel.
Early in September, TWG sent out a blog with information on the junkyard, including: State law says the junkyard must have screening:(32-6-241)-(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to establish, operate, or maintain any junkyard, except: (1) Those which are screened by natural objects, plantings, fences, or other appropriate means or which are otherwise removed from sight so as not to be visible from the main traveled way of any interstate or federal-aid primary highway or any road of a county or municipal road system.
The hearing for the Special Use permit will be held by the P&Z Board in the BOC meeting room on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 7:00PM.
This meeting is important because the BOC usually takes the recommendation of the P&Z Board. The P&Z Board needs to hear from you about having a junk yard in Jasper County.
The BOC had said the reason for agreeing to back $1,800,000 of bonds at the old Lake Lumber property (across the street from this Junkyard) was to clean up the property. “It was such an eyesore when people came into Jasper County on Hwy 83,” according to Comm. Doug Luke.
This is a meeting you need to make plans to attend.
Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.