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August 12, 2020

7/15/2020 11:32:00 AM
It's now the law to be good neighbor
Jennings County residents now have another reason to be a "good neighbor."

It is the law, or will be in the immediate future.

The so-called "good neighbor" ordinance was passed unanimously by the Jennings County commissioners at their meeting last week. It addresses such actions as noise, odor and burning. You can read the ordinance in today's paper, where it is published among the legal advertisements in The Classifieds on page 9B.

The ordinance was requested by Sheriff Kenny Freeman, but after he posted it on his Facebook page, he asked the county governors to forget it.

Instead, the law was tweaked with a last paragraph that provides sheriff deputies with leeway and discretion on citations, which start at $75.

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."

As Dave Turner said at an earlier meeting, "We're not gonna violate people's rights. Just because it (the ordinance) is there, doesn't mean we're gonna do it."

Last week, commissioner Matt Sporleder affirmed that approach, saying "I come from the generation that still believes in common sense...If you haven't put anyone at risk, there will be no fine."

The ordinance was then passed and will go into effect after publication in the newspaper

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