The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 23, 2013

Commissioners continue nuisance proposal review

From staff reports

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Jasper County Commission encountered some support — but more resistance — on Tuesday as they continued review of an ordinance proposed to address trash abandoned vehicles and other problems in the county.

In a second public hearing on the proposal, commissioners heard from residents who cited problems they said county ordinance could remedy. But most of the comments came from people who said any enforcement would violate their private property rights. Nearly 20 people attended the session.

“I live in the country so I can do what I want,” said one man. “This is a first step toward zoning, and we’ve already defeated zoning in the county.”

John Bartosh, presiding commissioner, said the county want the ability to address some “extreme problems” that have brought complaints to the panel.

Commissioners said they will continue discussion of the measure and will hold another public hearing at their next general session, set for 9 a.m. Tuesday in commission chambers in the courthouse.