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Supervisors discuss nuisance ordinance

Sunday, May 8, 2005

By Ken Ross, Managing Editor

At the Tuesday Cherokee Board of Supervisors meeting, the supervisors discussed a nuisance ordinance that will be coming to them in a much reduced and modified form from the one voted down last week.

The previous 23 page document generated considerable opposition from people who thought the proposed ordinance was too extensive and too restrictive. Some citizens felt that no ordinance at all governing public nuisances in the rural part of the county was needed.

After the 23 page proposed ordinance was voted down last week, the supervisors authorized John Wibe, assistant county attorney, to bring back sections 1, 2, 8 and 9 in modified form at a later meeting.

There is a state ordinance regarding public nuisances and citizens have a right to take civil action against a neighbor, or anyone else, who they feel is in violation of the state requirements.

Dean Schmidt, supervisor, commented Tuesday that a county ordinance would give the county more flexibility than an ordinance enforced by the state. If the state requires an action within 30 days, that won't be extended to 60 because of circumstances.

Regarding the rejected ordinance, Ron Wetherell, chairman, said, "It was too thick. It was good we rejected it."

Jeff Simonsen, supervisor, said that the lengthy section regarding plants could be replaced with a single line regarding nuisances on roadsides.

The document that was rejected was prepared by the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council modeled from an ordinance originally designed for a city.

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