Farnham pushes county to consider address, nuisance, parking ordinances
By: Darrell Todd Maurina
Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 2:30 pm
Eastern District Commissioner Bill Farnham tells fellow commissioners that the county needs addressing, parking and nuisance ordinances.
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (May 10, 2010) — Eastern District Commissioner Bill Farnham asked his colleagues Monday morning to consider ordinances on such matters as refusal to post correct addresses on homes, parking problems, and nuisance issues that rise to the level of health and public safety problems.
“With this woman from Dixon who came down and was having problems with her addressing, I’m wondering if it’s time we started putting together ordinances for our county,” Farnham said.
That’s a reference to ongoing issues faced by Lana Kennedy, whose husband has serious medical problems. She’s told commissioners that delivery trucks with medical supplies and even ambulances have had trouble finding her home because a people living in a neighboring home refuse to post the correct address on their home and instead insist on using her address.
Presiding Commissioner Don McCulloch said he’d like to seek the advice of Prosecuting Attorney Deborah Hooper.
“Let’s give this to the prosecutor and see if that’s something she’d prosecute on,” McCulloch said.
Farnham said other areas need to be addressed as well and said he’d like to obtain copies of model ordinances in other counties to address several different issues.
“We have burned down houses and the neighbors get upset because of snakes or critters,” Farnham said. “In the past we’ve told people to call the health department and the health department says to call the county and nothing gets done.”
Farnham said his primary concern is the built-up areas in his district close to but just outside the city limits, not more rural areas of the county.
“We’ve got a lot of these neighborhoods outside the city of Waynesville or outside the city of St. Robert,” Farnham said. “A lot of times the place is abandoned or burned down or whatever the case may be and nobody is taking care of it.”
McCulloch agreed that under existing rules, there’s nothing law enforcement or the county commission can do about serious problems, including old refrigerators that sit in open spaces without the doors removed.
“Right now beside the neighbors getting together and mowing it there’s nothing anybody can do. The neighborly thing would be to mow the yard but that would be too simple,” McCulloch said.
Farnham asked whether the county commissioners, whose responsibilities do include maintaining county roads, have any ability to address parking problems.
“I’ve recently run into a rash of different phone calls from neighborhoods with people parking on the side of the road making the roads pretty narrow, and the roads are narrow to begin with,” Farnham said. “When you have cars park on both sides of the road, there’s not enough room for a vehicle to pass. The roads are our responsibility, so we should have the authority to do something about the right-of-way.”
“Sometimes the road gets a little narrow but what can you do about it?” asked County Clerk Diana Linnenbringer.
Farnham said he doesn’t know what can be done but believes something must be done.
“There’ve been some areas that keep getting talked about and talked about and talked about and nothing ever gets done about it,” Farnham said. “I know of two different homes I’m going to start getting calls about snakes and rats and stuff like that.”
Responding to questions, Farnham said the areas with nuisance homes include Seven Hills trailer court and parking problems exist in Country Oaks Estates off Texas Road and also Southside Estates off Interstate 44.
In other business, McCulloch asked if a jail visitation board originally established years ago by Circuit Judge Doug Long is still in existence.
“It may exist, but I’ve never heard of it,” asked Linnenbringer.
“If we’ve got one I’d like to see who’s on it,” McCulloch said. “It’s my understanding that if there are allegations this board would go in and look at them.”
It’s not clear what type of allegations might be investigated, but in recent years Sheriff J.B. King has had to file charges against his own jailers for offenses ranging from improper use of gas cards to sexual contact with inmates.