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County considers collection complaint
Nuisance code violations will be investigated soon
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A rural Barton County couple are seeking county involvement in a mess that needs cleaned up.
“I got a nuisance in my neighborhood,” Bill Pickle told the Barton County Commission recently.
Pickle and his wife, Cheryl, live at 36 NE 20 Road, and they are concerned about a property near them that is in need of cleaning up.
“I think something need to be done about it,” he told the commissioners.
The county has a nuisance ordinance in place that stipulates how materials stored around rural residences have to be maintained, vegetation controlled and other issues.
“You have a collector who lives next door to you,” County Administrator Richard Boeckman observed, noting that the county has been aware of the situation. He noted that he and Environmental Manager Judy Goreham have already looked at the location. “Judy and I have driven by to look at this.”
The Pickles began by going to County Commissioner Kenny Schremmer. “I went by it after they talked to me.”
Schremmer added other property owners in the area have also complained about the collections.
Boeckman said the county commissioners intend to deal with nuisance code issues once the annual budget process is completed, which is being worked on currently and this property will be included on the list of what they have to work on and at that time they can determine what needs to be done.