County still working on property issue

Published 12:00 pm Thursday, January 28, 2016

A county resident who has been before the planning commission several times over the last few months made another appearance to give an update on his property that is violation of county codes.

Albert Morgan, who initially came before the planning commission in September, said weather has been a factor in cleaning up debris and the state health department inspecting sewer septic tanks on his property located of County Road 475.

Morgan has been attempting to deed housing structures on the property to his children but the process has been held up due to county code violations.

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County engineer Larry Britt and county engineer Joel Hollowell have inspected the property and Morgan received a letter from the county on Thursday notifying him that the code violations must be resolved.

Morgan said the snow last week held him up and prevented the state health department from making their required inspection.

“I can’t get the health department out there until we have some dry days,” Morgan said.

County requirements

Morgan also is required to pave certain areas of the property. He said he has talked to two or three paving companies but is hesitant to enter into a contract until he has gotten approval from the county. Morgan was informed by the commission that he does not have to complete the paving immediately, but the board needs some indication that he intends to complete the paving and other items before they can make a recommendation to the board of supervisors.

County attorney David O’Donnell told the commission that they could “make a recommendation based upon what you are seeing and pass it on to the board.”

According to Britt, Morgan is required to clean up debris on the property, pave areas using a company and present a signed contract when the work will be completed, present from the state health department inspection approval of the septic tanks, present survey and deeds intention to gift to his family and cease adding any commercial or other structures unless they meet existing regulations.

“Do not add anything else out there unless it meets specs,” Britt said.

Agreement reached

It has previously been reported there are 18 structures on the property.

Morgan agreed to the items and the commission sent their recommendation to the board of supervisors with the stipulation Morgan “accept these solutions” to the problems.

In other matters, the commission approved a 24-hour ice vending machine to King Cubes on Highway 30 Collision Center and granted a variance request to a lot in Cross Creek subdivision owned by Ken Combs.

The commission also re-elected TJ Ray as chairman and Dick Marchbanks as vice-chairman.

The commission will meet again on Feb. 22.