Committee passes nuisance ordinance

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Some county residents said they welcomed a countywide nuisance ordinance. Others said they would fight it to the end.

After weighing the comments, the Curry County Land Use Committee unanimously passed a nuisance ordinance during a Friday meeting.

County Manager Lance Pyle said the County Commission will consider a notice of intent to adopt the ordinance that includes a few changes reflecting concerns mentioned during Friday’s meeting. He said the commission will hold a public hearing in August before deciding whether to adopt the ordinance.

Health and safety violations in the proposed ordinance include stagnant pools of water, refuse, structures that could contain vermin and other disease-carrying insects.

Penalties include a $500 fine.

County Commissioner and Land Use Committee Chairman Tim Ashley said the nuisance ordinance is a step in the right direction.