ELIZABETHTON — With the abundant rainfall this year, the Carter County Planning Commission is receiving lots of complaints about residences with overgrown yards. The planners also continue to hear complaints about too many untagged automobiles on lots and problems of dumping.
Codes Enforcement Officer Justyn Markland presented a report and photographs on all the areas where he has found code violations and the progress the owners have made in clearing the violations. Markland said some have been cleared and he will be sending thank-you letters.
New commissioner Jerry Pearman was once again a strong voice for bringing the lots into compliance and said he planned to go with Markland on some of his visits.
The commission voted unanimously to refer to the county attorney for legal action one of the properties, a parcel on Norman Joines Road which has a partially dismantled mobile home on it.
The Planning Commission has taken other properties through Sessions Civil Court in the past, but it is a lengthy process.
The county is still considering the establishment of an environmental court that could speed up the process. Mayor Leon Humprhey said there could be a meeting with Judge Walton on the matter in July.
On a more positive note, Director of Planning Chris Schuettler said the time will soon expire on an abandoned property on Lincoln Drive that has been found by Sessions Court to be in violation of codes. He said after the expiration date, the county will go onto the property and clean it up.
Community Planner Glenn Rosenoff provided the planners with an update on the state’s partial moratorium on annexations by Tennessee cities and towns. He said the moratorium did not apply in several cases, including an annexation of a property at the request of the property owners. The moratorium runs from April 15 until May 15, 2014.
In other matters, the commissioners reviewed a proposed amendment to the county litter control regulation. The draft will now be sent to the county attorney for his review. Schuettler said the amendment includes a portion of the 2009 edition of the International Property Maintenance Code of the International Code Council.