No Weed Police
Loudon County planner, Russ Newman, made his pitch at Monday's commission meeting to establish his office as the county weed police. Newman gave a brief explanation as to how and why he felt this would be a good thing. Commissioner Nancy Marcus, who was not at last weeks workshop when the matter was discussed, made a motion to establish the weed police. Commissioner Wayne Gardin seconded the motion stating that he thought this would be a good idea because he had had "these" kind of problems in his district.
Newman's proposal would have allowed his office to force owner occupied private property owners to mow grass and trim trees to county requirements or his office could do it if the property owner refused and bill the property owners. If the property owners refused to pay the county, the county could then place a lien against the private property.
Commissioners Austin Shaver, Earlena Maples, Bob Franke, Roy Bledsoe and Don Miller all voiced opposition to the motion. Apparently realizing there was very little support for her motion, Marcus withdrew her motion followed by Gardin withdrawing his second to the motion. Therefore Newman's recommendation failed for lack of a motion. No weed police.
After the meeting several residents in attendance at the meeting voiced concerns that both Marcus and Gardin seemed more concerned about overgrown vegetation than education. This after both voted against funding the school building program.
County government staying out of
Mary E. Hinds News Herald