April 2, 2018
The City has been trying to push their code enforcement on the county for months, at least publicly. If you listen to BOC Chair Comm. Pennamon and Mayor Brian Standifer, talks have been going on for at least two years, or ever since the City did away with its municipal court.
Watch the beginning of this video. The county attorney tells the Mayor that Superior Court would be the place to take the code enforcement cases, and the Mayor admits they haven’t tried that remedy.
In a previous meeting, when the conversation wasn’t going his way, Mayor Pro Tem Stone Workman walked out of a BOC meeting and declared that they (the City) “will do it their own damn selves”, referring to Code Enforcement. Well, maybe they are going to do just that.
LEGAL NO 13446 in The Monticello News 3/29/18:
In the Jasper County Superior Court, State of Georgia—legal notice of unfit structure hearing…April 24, 2018 at 9am in the Jasper County Courthouse before the Judge of Superior Court.
This legal ad is for a trial regarding the “Complaint to Abate Nuisance filed by the City of Monticello pursuant to the provisions of the Code of Ordinances.”
At the joint service delivery meeting on 3/12/18, Standifer and Workman were ready to do away with all the City ordinances and push their code enforcement on the county taxpayers.
We can only hope this case filed in Superior Court will relieve the County taxpayers of City code enforcement duties and the corresponding costs. The property owners do not need any higher taxes or more debt to fund.