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Staunton to enforce trash ordinance

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chuck Jones
STAUNTON -- A 15-year-old town ordinance still gets a lot of attention in one Clay County town.

Recently, Staunton Town Marshal Chuck Jones informed the town's council he planned to begin going through town checking the cleanliness of residencies.

In 1996, the Staunton Town Council implemented a clean property ordinance, which was amended in 1999.

Since then, the council has asked the Town Marshal to monitor the situation.

"We have the ordinance that covers everything from weeds to car ports and trash," Jones said. "They cover a variety of things."

For example, the ordinance covers the height of grass, which may not exceed 12-inches.

Jones said he issues warnings first and if residents do not comply, a citation is issued. He said the first citation is $25.

Jones added he gives the warning first and then waits 72 hours before going back.

Town Council President Andy Kirchner said amendments were made to the ordinance to "put a little teeth in it."

"You'll run across something that you haven't worded just exactly right," he said. "Anytime something comes up that we get stuck with, we try to address that into an addendum into the ordinance.

"We try to be fair," he said. "We just try to clean everything up. We're concerned about the scenery."

Kirchner added if the town is forced to clean up properties, a minimum $100 citation is issued.

"If we tell them we're going to do something, they can guarantee we're going to come back," Kirchner said.

In the past, the town has conducted a "Trash Day," where residents could bring heavy trash to Town Hall to be dumped. Kirchner said this will still take place and may be scheduled just prior to summer.

"We have a spring clean up every year," Jones added.

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Does the city of Brazil have this ordinance also? If so why is it not enforced? This city is just disgusting to look at anymore. It makes you feel dirty just to say that you live here.

-- Posted by smoke20fan on Thu, Mar 24, 2011, at 8:29 AM

This is an untapped source of resources for our community Curb appeal and attractiveness of community could go a long way and fine imposed for those who don't comply could add to much needed revenue to help clean it up....Just like dog licenses and fines for un leashed and un vaccinated dogs, this community is missing opportunities for much needed revenue.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Mar 24, 2011, at 8:34 AM

With the fines set so low ($25), I'd say this ordinance isn't going to "put a little teeth" in the overall unkept properties in Staunton. That's the sad part for owners who DO take pride in their homes/yards.

I'm with you, SMOKE20FAN .. Brazil could use this ordinance enforced as well (with stiffer penalties). Start with couches on the porch, christmas lighting/decorations up year round, and junky cars surrounded by tall grass!

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Mar 24, 2011, at 11:50 AM

Just another way for Big Brother to stick his nose in private citizens business.

-- Posted by reddevil on Thu, Mar 31, 2011, at 1:21 PM

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