An ordinance outlining the scope of the county’s new code enforcement officer is being considered by the Lyon County Commissioners.
“This ordinance is broad-reaching as far as enforcing codes,” County Manager Jeff Page said. “It gives us some tools we don’t currently have.”
Lyon County recently hired David Scott as its first code enforcement officer in more than a decade.
The ordinance details the authority of its officer, procedures for administrative enforcement, administration and collection of fines and fees, and administrative hearings. It goes well beyond the county’s Title Six, which only addresses public nuisances.
“This isn’t creating some new right of government officials to encroach on property owners’ rights,” District Attorney Steve Rye said.
But during public comment Michael Smith of central Lyon County disagreed.
“This Title 18 violates just about every right I have in the Bill of Rights,” he said. “If someone walks in on my private property … and catches a nine millimeter between the eyes, it’s not my fault.”
The ordinance is set to go before the board for a final vote at its Sept. 6 meeting.
Commissioners also approved a resolution authorizing the county’s new code enforcement officer to issue misdemeanor citations for violations of Lyon County code.
“I was surprised on code enforcement we only had one person here in opposition of it,” Commissioner Joe Mortensen said at the end of the meeting. “I’m concerned we’re going to have a lot of flak come up.”
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Authored by Sophie Ryan