Ray Mullins, chairman of the Cherokee County Zoning Board, told the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that there are many cabins going up without building permits.
Many of these cabins are being built by contractors and some are in the flood plain, according to Mullins. No building permit will be given for structures in a flood plain.
A concern expressed by Mullins is the absence of an address for 911 calls on structures that are not officially known to the county. He said that 911 addresses are even put on grain bins, so that any structure that could be the scene of an emergency call has an address
It was also noted that the assessor views building permits to make adjustments on assessments.
In one case, a leach field had been approved by Aimee Barritt, emergency management coordinator and environmental health director, although no building permit had been obtained.
Barritt was quoted as saying that in the future, she will have to see a building permit before such approval is giving.
Janet Cedar of the county engineer's office said that building permits involving a leach field contain the words "pending approval by sanitarian."
Cedar said that there is currently an ordinance setting a fine for failure to have a building permit but there is some difficulty in enforcing payment of the fine.
The board will look into putting more teeth in the requirement to have a building permit before a construction project begins, perhaps putting at least some of the burden on the contractor.
The board approved a request for rezoning a lot from ag to ag residential so that David and Barbara Wurth can build a home at the location. The property is in the Amherst Township.
The board opened a public hearing on the matter, with the only comment coming from Ray Mullins, chairman of the zoning board. Mullins said the zoning board voted unanimously to recommend approval of the request. "Mr. Wurth has done everything that needs to be done," Mullins said.