Proponents of Lincoln County’s recently adopted property maintenance regulations are encouraging residents wanting “a clean county” to attend next week’s meeting of the Lincoln County Commission, a session expected to see the regulations’ adoption revisited.

“If you want a clean county – no junk cars in yards, which will increase property values – or if you want junk cars and garbage in your neighbors’ yard, which will decrease your property values, come to the next commissioners’ meeting or call your commissioner,” urges a flier distributed across the county in recent weeks.

Members of the Lincoln County Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the circuit courtroom of the Lincoln County Courthouse, and if last month’s meeting is any indication, the topic of property maintenance regulations will be discussed.

At issue is whether the regulations, adopted via an amendment to the county’s zoning regulations in August, was appropriate in accordance with parliamentary procedure. The regulations limit litter and inoperable vehicles within rural Lincoln County. The August vote had reversed action on the regulations a month earlier when the amendment was voted down.

“I would take the position that the motion to reconsider does not exist, because it was improperly made,” Commissioner Ricky Bryant had said in the Commission’s October session.

In the months since their adoption, Lincoln County Planning and Zoning has received more than 40 property maintenance complaints, according to officials, noting that the county’s building inspector has mailed over two dozen letters, notifying residents that their properties need to be cleaned up.

In some cases, property owners cleaned up prior to letters being sent out, and several cases have been rendered compliant, staff said, adding that most of the property owners have been cooperative and understanding.

“A large number of citizens visited our office after the adoption of the property maintenance and voiced their approval and appreciation for this to finally come to fruition,” said Michele Rutledge, a staffer in the office.

Also expected to be revisited is the county’s adoption of the 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code. Bryant had put the commission on notice in October that he intends to try to rescind their adoption.

The comprehensive code regulates the minimum requirements for the design, construction, alteration and repair and maintenance of new residential and public pools and spas, including aboveground pools, even waterparks, and factory built portable hot tubs. It also provides guidelines on how to comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGBA) requirements for suction entrapment avoidance and layers of protection inhibiting unintended entry and drowning prevention.

Recommended for adoption by the Lincoln County Planning Commission, the code was approved in a September vote of 13-6, with five commissioners absent. The code became effective Nov. 1.

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