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7/8/2020 12:35:00 PM
Commissioners to discuss new county law on health, safety
Commissioners are expected to hold a vote on a new county ordinance concerning health and safety issues such as noise, odor, waste and heat/glare at their meeting Thursday, July 9.

The ordinance was initially requested by Sheriff Kenny Freeman as a "good neighbor" kind of law. For example, it says no odors shall "emit across the property lines'Ķas to be readily detectable'Ķalong the lot lines."

It also limits discharge of "dust, smoke, vapors'Ķad other air pollutants'Ķto be detrimental to health, animals, vegetation or property'"

However, at the June 4 meeting, Sheriff Freeman asked county officials "to repeal it" due to "a lot of negative feedback" he had received after posting the ordinance on Facebook.

Comments included how "surprised" Harold House was because "this is infringing upon our rights to happiness"; to the ordinance being, in Tim Narber's opinion, "ridiculous."

The ordinance, though, had never gone into effect because it had never been published in the local newspaper, per state statute concerning such laws.

Instead of repealing the ordinance, though, Commissioner Matt Sporleder suggested tweaking it. "If you rescind it, it will be a free for all," he said.

It was decided to turn the ordinance over to county attorney Ellie Bright for remediation.

The final product is basically the same wording, but provides leeway and discretion on enforcement. That section provides "if any of the above restrictions are done in a manner that do not adversely affect or put at risk the health and safety of the residents of Jennings County, then no penalty shall be enforced. Health and safety shall be determined at the discretion of Jennings County law enforcement."

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