A proposed county nuisance ordinance had generated strong opposition at Cherokee County Board of Supervisors meetings last spring but a much pared down version presented at the supervisors meeting on Tuesday generated no comment.
Many citizens had thought the original 23-page document was too extensive and too restrictive. It was prepared by the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council, modeled from an ordinance designed for a city.
The document presented Tuesday still has a few changes to be made before final approval, it was decided at the Tuesday meeting.
One of these changes includes the reinsertion of a requirement that a written and signed statement be given before the county zoning administrator acts on a complaint. Larry Clark, zoning administrator and engineer, said that he doesn't accept anonymous calls.
Another item needing changed refers to the removal of dead trees. Supervisors indicated that only those that are currently infested with disease carrying organisms should be required to be removed.
The ordinance has not been published in its entirety as a newspaper legal publication either in its original version or pared down version. There was some discussion at previous meetings whether such legal publication was required. It was determined that the ordinance does not have to be published in its entirety, just the preamble, but it must be available for viewing on request by the public at the Cherokee County Auditor's Office.
The ordinance will be revised once more and presented at a future meeting. It is possible that in the absence of any further public input, the second and third readings will be waived and the matter will be resolved in one more meeting.