The second official reading of a proposed public nuisance ordinance took place at the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.
There were nine people who signed in for the discussion on an ordinance that would give local control over unsightly or hazardous material on rural properties or environmentally damaging practices. The state is currently responsible to control these matters.
The third and final reading has been scheduled for Oct. 11 when all the supervisors will be present.
At the Tuesday meeting, Bill Smith, a rural business owner, stated his own concerns as well as relaying concerns told to him by Ernie Glienke, a rural property owner who had spoken at a previous supervisor meeting on the matter of a public nuisance ordinance.
Smith quoted Glienke as indicating that not much weight should be given to the support referred to from people who do not publicly express opinions at board of supervisors meetings. Glienke was quoted as saying the supervisors shouldn't rely on coffee shop talk. He was also quoted as saying the proposed ordinance would not be helpful to small businesses, with particular concern about cattle operations.
Smith reiterated his own concerns about the possibility of declared nuisances being attached to the sale of property.
He asked about whether the county would need to hire new employees to take care of violations.
Jack Clark, a property owner who has spoken in opposition to the proposed ordinance at previous meetings, said it would be a duplication of services for the county to take on a responsibility already being taken care of by the state.
Dean Schmidt, supervisor, said that the county does not intend to hire any extra people to enforce the ordinance. He stated that tearing down a building would only be required if the building was in danger of collapsing, dead trees would not need to be removed under the ordinance unless they were in danger of falling over and organic material could be burned except when it is brought to near a road before burning. Trees infested with a disease-carrying insect would need to be burned or sprayed.
Bud Clow, supervisor, said that what he likes about the proposed ordinance is that an inspection would occur only if there was a signed complaint. An anonymous report would not be acted upon.
Russ Bryant suggested that a program be looked into for tearing down old buildings and salvaging the material to compensate for the labor of tearing down the building. Bryant noted that with the devastation caused by hurricanes, the cost of building material will be going up significantly.