Stephens Co. Commission Holds First Reading of New Nuisance Ordinance

Stephens County Commissioners take an official step towards updating the county’s nuisance ordinance.

On Tuesday, the county commission held a first reading and public hearing of proposed changes to the county’s nuisance ordinance.

Stephens County Commission Chairman Dean Scarborough said that the proposed changes cover a number of areas.

“We added some definitions to make it a little bit more comprehensive,” said Scarborough. “We strengthened the penalties.”

Under the proposed changes, the fine for violating the nuisance ordinance would increase from $500 to $1000 per violation and the maximum jail time allowed under the ordinance would go from 60 to 90 days.

County officials also said that the proposed changes add language that makes the proposed ordinance stricter and more detailed.

One person spoke during the public hearing, asking about what the proposed changes included, and she received a copy of the ordinance and was encouraged to read over the ordinance and contact staff with any questions or speak at the next public hearing on the matter.

The county commission will have a second reading before the ordinance can be approved.

A vote on adoption of the proposed changes to the nuisance ordinance, along with the second reading, is scheduled to take place on October 9 at the county commission’s regularly scheduled 5 p.m. meeting.