Commission again tables decision to create nuisance properties ordinance

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 3:16 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 11:41 PM
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Harrisburg activist Lori Davis again asked the Augusta Commission to form a task force for drafing a Chronic Nuisance Properties Ordinance today, and commissioners again voted to take her proposal under advisement.

Afterward, she and 22 fellow activists posted themselves outside the front and back doors of the Municipal Building, holding up signs reading, "Support Richmond County Nuisance Property Ordinance" and hoping to catch commissioners as they head to their cars after the meeting.

Mrs. Davis, who has organized four demonstrations against "nuisance" Harrisburg landlords, addressed the commission as part of the delegation agenda, meaning she had five minutes to speak. She asked that the mayor form a 10-member committee, including one commissioner and representatives of the sheriff's office, Planning and Zoning and License and Inspection.

"We petition you to see nothing legally binding, at this point, to move forward with this task force," Mrs. Davis said.

On a motion from Commission J.R. Hatney, the commission voted 10-0 to receive the presentation as information and have the Law Department research other Georgia cities and counties that have laws such as the one Mrs. Davis is proposing.

"They didn't even discuss the proposal I made," Mrs. Davis said, standing on the sidewalk on Greene Street holding a placard.

What should have been discussed, she said, was whether or not it would be legal to form a task force.

Last week, Mrs. Davis and commission District 1 candidate made the same proposal to the Public Safety commitee, which also voted to receive it as information.

Commissioner Corey Johnson said he's in favor of a new ordinance, but first the commission has to make sure it won't conflict with any federal or state laws, or with any city codes already in place.

"We have to make sure it's legal," he said, "or what is legal and what isn't."

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DEVGRU 10/06/09 - 03:26 pm
Just what I would expect. Why

Just what I would expect. Why is Corey Johnson concerned about this conflicting with any federal or state laws. Some of these idiots wanted to make it illegal for two mentally retarded men to live together in a residential neighborhood in Richmond County and that's against federal law. I can imagine what the legal dept. is going to come up with. Can you say idiot. Better yet can you even spell it.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 10/06/09 - 03:28 pm
I'll bet a banana that

I'll bet a banana that Chiquita Johnson will have one of her lawyer buddies in Atlanta do the "legal research" the Commission wants. His fee is probably over $300 per hour.

dyomite 10/06/09 - 03:51 pm
It is sad day when the

It is sad day when the commission can't read things given to them before a meeting. We went before the commission and let them know what we were about and they had not even looked at any thing we gave them. We did our homework and gave them a copy. Richmond County residents need to back THE CHRONIC NUISANCE PROPERTIES ORDINANCE and clean up RICHMOND COUNTY. LET'S ALL GET TOGETHER AND CLEAN UP RICHMOND COUNTY.

Bulldog 10/06/09 - 05:17 pm
A chronic nuisance ordinance

A chronic nuisance ordinance is something whoes time has come. Absentee landlords who enable drug dealers, prostitutes and other culturally challenged types need to dealt with. Decent people, black and white, are tired of business as usual from our politicians. Deal with these problems or we are going to throw you out of office and replace you with someone who actually cares.

omnomnom 10/07/09 - 12:56 am
i think that preacherman

i think that preacherman spend more time flapping his yap than the commission spent on discussing the ordinance.

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