ORDINANCE CHANGES

 

Change is not a new phenomenon.  But it remains a challenge when applied to human behavior.  We must continue to remind ourselves that the only thing that remains constant is change itself.  Having stated the obvious - let me move on to explain two recent ordinance changes and, though not related, are important for you to know about.  I have highlighted some of these changes in each ordinance.

 

Social Hosting Ordinance

 

Let me begin with a brief background about this ordinance.  You may know of the Rockwood Drug Free Coalition.  This is a standing committee of the Rockwood R-VI School District.  Their mission is to provide leadership, education and resources to prevent and address substance abuse and other unhealthy choices.  This summer they, with the Rockwood Communication Department, encouraged the cities Rockwood serves to enact legislation that would strongly address problems of underage drinking and substance abuse.  This was the catalyst to review our ordinance.  In so doing, we found a rewrite of some portions, a consolidation of the language into a better stated, more specific ordinance was needed.  As we reviewed this consolidation, a realization that unruly parties can be disruptive and unsafe regardless of age.  The ordinance makes it clear, should a gathering become unruly (the definition of this term is in the ordinance and can be found on our web site), the police are authorized to abate the gathering and fines may be imposed.  The person responsible for the gathering is responsible for the actions of the gathered group.  If that person is a minor, then the parents or guardians of that minor will be jointly liable.

 

If within one year of such an occurrence, another unruly gathering at the same address occurs, costs to take control of the event will be passed on to the responsible party (in the case of a minor being the responsible party, the parents or guardians are responsible).  These costs will include police, fire, emergency personnel--in other words, whoever was needed to control the situation.  For the complete ordinance, go to clarksonvalley.org and click on ordinances.

 

Weeds

 

I am sure you havenít forgotten this summerís companion (weeds).  They do appear every year without discrimination.  And itís fair to say, in Clarkson Valley weeds are controlled well by the residents.  It seems there are always a few lawns that experience a temporary out-of-control problem during the summer.  The revised ordinance addresses this situation and clarifies others:

 

1)      The allowable height for lawn grass is now seven (7) inches (previously the

height was twelve (12) inches.

2)      Ornamental grasses including bamboo and native plants are exempt from

height restrictions on private property as long as they do not obstruct sight

distance for traffic.

3)      Defines the difference between lawn grass and grass in a wooded area.

4)      After proper notice, if the condition of dead trees, tall grass, bushes and/or

other debris remain on a given property, the building commission is

authorized to have the same cut down and removed at the property ownerís

expense.  These costs will be added to their annual real estate property bill.

 

This ordinance can also be viewed in its entirety on our web site:  clarksonvalley.org and check on Ďordinancesí.

 

 

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