Thanks to the Joyfield Residents group on Facebook for making the pdf of the new county property maintenance code available. We haven’t actually read it yet, but you can! We’ve heard it’s pretty strict, which should please lovers of neatly trimmed grass, but cause some headaches (and pocketbook aches) for those with “working” yards, and even those who just don’t always pick up after their dog in their own yard. One provision prohibits homes from being left vacant for more than a month. Fines can be over $500 a day. The code was adopted with a vote of 6 for, 1 against—that one no being Elberta’s own Don Tanner, chair of the County Commission.
The commissioners will likely discuss the code again at the March 26 meeting at 9 am.
Stay tuned for a report later today on why Tanner voted against, why he’s got an unlikely ally in Joyfield Twp trustee Mark Evans, and why Roger Griner and Frank Walterhouse voted yes.—Emily Votruba