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Center Point dealing with nuisances

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Roy Smith
CENTER POINT -- Residents of Center Point have been dealing with a handful of nuisances recently.

At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Center Point Town Council discussed two situations that have become a concern.

Residents recently contacted board members regarding a motorcycle in the area that is quite noisy.

However, the town has no ordinance on the books regarding noise.

In addition, the town has no ordinance on the books regarding the use of golf carts on town streets, which was the other concern town officials discussed Tuesday.

A few residents recently spoke with council members after seeing a golf cart driven on town streets by a child.

Council President Roy Smith said the board has dealt with this issue in the past, but not to this degree.

"It's not been a big deal (in the past)," Smith said.

Smith said issues like these rise to the top of the concern pile as the weather gets warmer.

In 2009, a new law was passed at the state level allowing the use of golf carts on streets at a local government's choosing.

The law allowed cities and towns to pass their own ordinances regulating the use of golf carts. However, drivers have to be licensed and the carts must be insured. The carts also must have lights, rear-view mirrors and a slow-moving vehicle sign.

The carts are still illegal on federal and state highways.

"Somebody is going to get hurt," Smith said. "That's a problem we're going to have."

During the meeting, representatives with the Clay County Sheriff's Department Reserves agreed to keep an eye on the roads concerning both issues.

Meanwhile, the board expressed concerns with its current grant administrator.

Smith informed the board he has tried multiple times in recent weeks to contact the person, but has not received responses.

The board agreed to consider looking into working with a new grant writer in the future.

The council regularly meets on the first Tuesday of each month at town hall. However, due to scheduling conflicts, the council's May meeting will take place at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 1.

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OK citizens of Centerpoint, here is your chance to make good the reason for your Zoning Ordinance.

For years the Centerpoint Plan Commission has toyed with the thought of dropping the Zoning Ordinance all together. Most of the persons on the Commission have no idea what is in the Zoning Ordinance or why it was even started in the first place, let alone try to enforce it.

I have been to these meetings and find a lack of interest for most of the CCPC members who don't even want to show up for scheduled meetings. Now they have a chance to add to the Zoning Ordinance these problems that they find annoying, but I am skeptical about their ability to do so.

Plus it is sad to see a lawyer sitting on this board, who will not give of his profession to help out his community without being paid. How concerned is that for a supposidly concerned citizen?

I myself set on several boards in Clay County and on these boards all lawyers and accountants give of themselves freely to help make their community a better place to live. Anyone who can help in their own special way, but doesn't, due to the volunteer factor of the position, should take their wallet and move on. Let someone interested and willing to give of themselves the opportunity to do so. The issues facing small communities operating with little funding need all the help they can get. Meanwhile greedy lawyers who think every moment of their time has a dollar sign will sit and watch things happen and not lift a finger to help, well not without money anyway.

Also, if the CPPC and the BZA would enforce their articles for zoning, I am sure they could afford a part time town Marshall. But no one wants to step on anyone's toes.. I say "get over it and do your job". If you have problems doing the job you are appointed to do, then step down and put someone in these positions that has the courage to stand up for our Zoning laws.

Letting people know that we have rules and regulations to abide by shouldn't be a problem. The problem is getting people to understand what our zoning ordinance is suppose to do and why.

-- Posted by Keeping An Open Mind on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 11:32 AM

They may not have a city ordinance, but there are IC codes that can be enforced by the Marshal.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 2:24 PM

one motorcycle that is noisy lucky you do not live in brazil we have thousands of them

-- Posted by 1dogbob on Fri, Apr 9, 2010, at 3:02 PM

This is why Clay City, not Center Point was awarded the title "Mayberry of the Midwest".

-- Posted by AvidHunter09 on Sun, Apr 11, 2010, at 8:51 PM

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