Ordinance to Clean Up Community

Some homeowners in Thomas County will soon be getting notices of a nuisance violation on their property. County commissioners passed an ordinance they say will make local neighborhoods more pleasant for folks to live in.

Kathryn Prince is talking about the scenery next door to her home on Chestnut Street. Old abandoned cars and homes and lots filled with trash are among what she sees everyday.

Elaine Mays, Thomas County Commissioner, has gotten called to this area numerous times over the last year, responding to similar complaints. Now, a solution has come to fruition.

County commissioners adopted a nuisance ordinance targeting homes like the one off Dogwood Street with overgrown weeds, which they say is an eyesore for the neighborhood. Officials are sending out notices starting Wednesday warning the owners to clean up their act.

"As people call us and give us names and addresses we will be notifying those people of the complaints explaining to them what is wrong and they need to eliminate the problem," says Mays.

Kathryn Prince, in favor of the ordinance, adds, "I love that the county is doing something about it because you just can't come outside and enjoy yourself anymore."

Mays says agricultural land is exempt from the ordinance unless there is a complaint. Officials are targeting residential areas that affect the way of life for someone else.

The ordinance will take effect July 1. Violators will have 30 days to comply to a citation, and if they fail to do so the case will be taken up in Thomas County Magistrate Court.