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07.17.06 -- NEW!!! POLL: County Code enforcement, what do you think?

At the last council meeting, Council Member Jim Strange suggested sending code enforcement up to the county level. This month he asked Mayor Marsha Strange to look into this with him. What do you think?

Poll results for the question: Do you think McIntosh code enforcement should be sent up to the county level?

26 votes

80% (21 votes) for Yes
11% (3 votes) for Maybe
7% (2 votes) for No

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posted by Cher @ 7:19 PM,


At   July 18, 2006 7:56 AM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

I believe that taking the code enforcement would help take some of the burden off of McIntosh and at the same time solve what sounds to me as a lot of conflict in town. Maybe by taking away code enforcement it would allow the elected officals to deal with some other more important issues.

At   July 18, 2006 8:27 AM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

I have gone to very few meetings, but seem to remember one that our council has stated they will only have a reactive code enforcement officer! What happened there? They have turned it into a mess. Why? And just who changed it? Why haven't the town council fixed that yet? Who is fueling our code enforcement officer?

At   July 18, 2006 9:22 AM     ,    Blogger Cher    said...

From the meetings I've been to and an interview with Danaya Wright in her office in February, it is my understanding and opinion that proactive code enforcement stemmed in part (at least) as a revenue-generating idea talked about at the Florida League of Cities conference. My question to Wright during that interview was - why not just raise taxes? She said the plan had been there to stop the property tax rollbacks. Further, during the February workshop, the council went into great discussion about the mood of the town, including a discussion on allowing proactive code enforcement and a discussion of their hopes that revenue would help pay for a town manager who could take over the duties of the code enforcement officer. As some might remember, at the May meeting, Art Davis submitted his application for the position of town manager before the job description had been written or the position had been posted. At the last meeting, Harris Fellman contended that proactive code enforcement works. But my question would have to be, is that cost of the goodwill of the town?

At   July 18, 2006 1:17 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

do you think the code enforcement should be reactive or proactive?

At   July 18, 2006 4:45 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Code enforcement was a good idea in theory. Anytime anyone needed approval, it was handled locally. Previously a permit required a trip or two or three or more to Ocala and the subsequent waiting. The problem began when the council allowed the c.e.officer to "look" for work. If you were being paid $30 an hour, wouldn't you find plenty to do?

At   July 19, 2006 7:53 AM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

I am retired just like Art Davis if i had the time he had I would not charge our town $30 hour knowing the position of our town. And finding plenty to do? Or picking out certian people to cause problems for!


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