Ghent seeks nuisance ordinance enforcement from county

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By Sharon Graves


The News-Democrat

The Ghent City Commission is unhappy with the way the county is handling the nuisance ordinance.

The ordinance was approved and adopted by the commission, but the county is responsible for enforcement.

Several properties have been referred to the county because of noncompliance with the ordinance, said Commissioner and ordinance supervisor David Hendren. Problems range from inoperable cars to trash and debris littering properties

“This nuisance ordinance has not helped us at all,” Hendren said.

City Attorney Jason Baute advised the commissioners to “make a list of issues on city letterhead and get on the agenda for Fiscal Court.”

In other busiess: The commission heard the first reading of an ordinance to close an abandoned alley. The alley is unnamed and is described as lying along lots 15, 16 and part of 17 on the original plat of the town, as recorded in Deed Book A, page 162.

A second reading will be held at the next regular commission meeting in September. If passed, it will be adopted.

The commission also heard the first reading of an ordinance that would re-zone properties on the west side of Main Cross Street [Highway 47] along Liberty Street to Ann Street then south to the CSX Railroad track from residential to neighborhood commercial. No action was taken.

Cheryl Nohner came before the commission and requested a variance for property she owns at 504 Davis St. Nohner is trying to put a doublewide mobile home on the lot and lacks 3 feet from the required 40-foot setback.

Nohner says she has spent more than $70,000 for the lot and the home, and now realizes that she needs the variance to get the home set up for her mother.

“There will be no problem with emergency vehicles getting through [the alley], and aesthetically it will still be in accordance with homes surrounding it,” Baute said.

“Are we setting ourselves up for problems,” Hendren asked.

Nohner said she believes  she has met all the requirements for the variance, but the commission tabled the matter until all paperwork has been brought before the members for verification.

Commissioner Charles Eaves gave the street report and said that after the last storm, 14 loads of tree limbs were hauled out of a culvert at Davis and Ferry streets. “The chain saw we purchased has already paid for itself,” Eaves said.

Eaves also explained a problem with visibility at the corner of Ann and Davis Streets, due to bushes that block a clear view of the street.

“Those trees at Davis and Ann [streets] are a nuisance,” Eaves said. “We need to have clear visibility at intersections.”