The Union Recorder


June 20, 2014

Safe property ordinance hearing approaches

MILLEDGEVILLE — Baldwin County Commissioners want Environmental Compliance Officer Marion Nelson to have better enforcement tools against junk filled yards and blighted structures.

Just how sharp those tools will be is still debatable.

The county seems serious about eradicating blighted areas such as dilapidated buildings, unmaintained swimming pools and outdoor junk storage.

An all-encompassing “Baldwin County Safe Property Ordinance” will be up for public hearing Tuesday, July 1.

The ordinance's purpose is to establish minimum requirements and standards for premises and structures in order to promote and protect the public health, safety, convenience, order and general welfare of the citizens of the county.

“This article shall apply to all commercial, office, industrial, multi-family and single-family residential structures and premises and shall constitute the minimum requirements and standards for existing structures and premises,” the ordinance proposal says.

Nelson said at some point the county has to draw a line in the sand with property owners.

The county's environmental compliance office receives numerous inquiries from citizens and realtors concerning blighted properties affecting nearby property aesthetics.

Outdoor motor vehicle storage of inoperable vehicles is a recurring county issue.

The current 24-hour restriction ordinance proposal on inoperable vehicle storage was lengthened to two weeks after Commissioner Sammy Hall spoke at Tuesday's regular meeting.

“Anybody can have a dead battery and maybe can't get it fixed in 24 hours,” he said.

The county should set a number of allowable vehicles as well, according to Hall.

The “tuned up” document will be posted on the county website prior to the public hearing.

County resident Wendy Dixon spoke to the board Tuesday.

She said the ordinance would make her a criminal.

“I live at the corner of two streets. There is no backyard,” Dixon said. “You would fine me out of my home.”

Dixon said it takes 20 loads in a borrowed truck to deal with debris and waste.

“I still have stuff in my yard. I don't have a place to hide it,” she added. “I've tried to keep my place up and done really well for what I had. I'm highly offended by this.”

Richard Mueller told commissioners to stay the course.

“I commend all of you for revisiting the blight ordinance issue. I want to live in a community that has pride in itself and where people respect their neighbors and the value of their neighbors’ property,” Mueller said.

He said abandoned vehicles, dilapidated buildings and litter of all kinds are obstacles to economic development goals.

“I'd rather see us move incrementally that not move at all,” Mueller said.

View a draft of the ordinance proposal here:



Text Only
Local News
07-18 Gymnastics Reunion.jpg

Coach Geza Martiny and former team members recently gathered for a reunion.

SRC 5.jpg

The Teen Club, as part of the Twin Lakes Library System's Summer Reading Club, and Reference Supervisor Dabney Kinser do candy science experiments to finish up the science themed reading club experience.


Local dancers Shaveta Waller and Synethia Brookins are stepping up to the plate with their new dance business Sensational Steps. The two women provide dance lessons at affordable prices as well as a positive environment for youth interested in all areas of fine arts.

Local Sports
Local Weather Radar
AP Video
Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
NDN Video
CDC Director Warns Of A World Where Antibiotics No Longer Work Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot