Garrard names planning commissioners, passes ordinance

October 15, 2003|PHIL PENDLETON

LANCASTER - Garrard County Fiscal Court took a step Tuesday that could lead to planning and zoning in the county.

The court approved eight people to serve on the planning commission in staggered terms. Ronnie Lamb and James Brunson will serve one year, Jimmy Flynn and Carl Todd two years, Roger Miller and John Dixon three years, and Ray Woolsey and Barney Parker four years.

Magistrates randomly chose names from a hat as to who would serve what term length. The appointments were approved unanimously.

"Normally once you're up and running, people serve four-year terms," said County Attorney Jeff Moss. "But if you appoint all eight for four-year terms, in four years you lose everybody. So the statute provides that you appoint X-number for one year, X-number for two years (and so on)."

Moss said the naming of the commission follows a recommendation made to the Fiscal Court regarding the comprehensive land use plan, which is the county's determination of the best future use of the land in the county.


"The commission doesn't have the power to do anything," Moss told the magistrates. "They only make recommendations to the court before anything is enacted."

Also Tuesday, the court approved the first reading of the solid waste ordinance. The 23-page document is the first update in the solid waste plan in 10 years.

"It's time," said Solid Waste Coordinator Bill Hack. "There were problems with definitions and the fine was a little obscure."

The previous ordinance made no distinction between commercial and industrial waste. The new ordinance defines commercial waste as that generated by stores, offices, restaurants and other non-manufacturing activities. Industrial waste is defined as solid waste generated by manufacturing or industrial processes that is not hazardous.

Hack said many of the county's current solid waste problems deal with junkyards.

"They just pop up," he said. "Garrard County needs to start dealing with them. Our biggest complaint is junkyards."

Jewell Fugate, a resident of Biggerstaff Road in the Camp Kennedy subdivision, complained Tuesday about a yard on her street with numerous junk cars in it.

"There's supposed to be no junk in our neighborhood," she said.

"We're going to see what we can do," said Judge-Executive E.J. Hasty.

The ordinance states that violations carry a $25 to $500 fine and up to one year in jail. Violators may be issued a citation or notice of violation by the Garrard County Solid Waste Enforcement Officer, sheriff or any authorized officer.

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