Thursday, September 23, 2010
No target practice in subdivisions
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors has approved an ordinance that will prohibit discharging of firearms in platted subdivisions.
The motion to restrict firearms target practice in subdivisions followed complaints of residents in David Cove and elsewhere, according to supervisor George Zinn III.
Supervisor Keith Taylor reported a complaint from his district where a couple moved into a subdivision and invited friends out to shoot.
Zinn asked would the supervisors recommend to ban firing of weapons altogether or just based on certain acreages.
Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett suggested that there be no restriction on how large a lot a person owns, saying the county could be at risk for lawsuits if someone shoots into an area like a woods and someone is struck with a bullet.
“In a lot of complaints I have gotten, there was alcohol involved,” Taylor added.
The ordinance against firearms would include penalties and the county would issue a ticket, said board attorney Kent Smith.
Supervisors discussed a complaint from neighbors in a subdivision where a property owner is operating a vehicle painting business. They voted to ask for a restraining order on the business owner to stop the operation. The owner had gone to justice court twice and paid fines but continued to run his business, said zoning director Conway Moore.
Supervisors said that in some cases fines at justice court are not stiff enough to deter people from violating the civil statutes and Smith recommended in such cases that the board ask the court for a restraining order. In cases of firing of arms in subdivisions, the violation would be a criminal one and a misdemeanor, Smith said.
In cases where an individual violates a restraining order, the individual can be charged with contempt of court and can be ordered to serve six months in jail, he said.
In another matter, the board held a public hearing on Section 105 clean-up orders on three properties. Moore reported that lots at Oakwood and Holiday subdivisions had been cleaned but one parcel at Oakwood Drive had not had the grass and weeds cut. Bids were opened and Southern Soil Constructioin was awarded the job for a bid of $600.
Supervisors motioned to table bids on a lot at 211 Rayford Road because the bids were too high. The road and bridge department will research how the lot can be cleaned cheaper and the bill applied to the lot owner’s property tax as a lien.
The board then approved a public hearing and bid advertisement for the cleanup of tall grass and of a swimming pool on a property in Taylor’s district that has been taken back by a mortgage company.
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