Planning Commissioner asks for countywide code enforcement

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 01:10 PM.

Twenty-seven percent of the county’s adults smoke; 19 percent smoke statewide and 22 percent do in Bay County. Thirty-six percent of the county’s adults are obese, compared with 26 percent statewide and 27 percent in Bay County.

Ackerman’s concerns were primarily with code enforcement, which he said presents a poor image to businesses and families that may be interested in relocating to Washington County.

Ackerman showed the board photographs of county properties that were either abandoned or neglected. He also showed photos of several mobile homes that had been stripped or were in the process of being stripped for sale as scrap metal.

“Of the code enforcement complaints filed in 2004, five are still open,” Ackerman said. “From 2005, 15 complaints are still open, from 2006 there are 31 complaints still open and from 2007 there are 28 open complaints.”

In 2008, code enforcement started taking a backseat to other county projects, Ackerman said. “Now if someone calls, the dog catcher is sent out to take a picture of the offense,” he said.

Ackerman noted that candidates for public office in adjoining counties were making code enforcement a part of their campaign platforms, and awareness of code enforcement is being raised in general.

The county code enforcement ordinances cover junk cars, nuisances, litter, abandoned houses, alcohol, parks and recreation, 911 numbering system, animals and hazardous conditions, Ackerman said.

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