In this article, we will discuss the highlights of a recent weekly business session held by the Josephine County Board of Commissioners. The main focus of this session was to address hazardous conditions on public property in Josephine County, Oregon. This article will provide a detailed overview of the session, including key points and important information regarding the discussed ordinance.
Recognizing Dedicated Employees
At the beginning of the session, the board took a moment to recognize and appreciate the hard work of several employees who have dedicated years of service to the county. These employees were from various departments, including Community Development, Sheriff’s Office, Transit, Assessor’s Office, Public Health, and Forestry. The board acknowledged their commitment to serving the citizens and commended them for their dedication.
Introducing the Ordinance
The main agenda item of the session was the discussion of a new ordinance, identified as ordinance 2023-003, which aimed at addressing hazardous conditions on public property in Josephine County. This ordinance was read by title and opened for public hearing.
Categories of Violations
The ordinance presented three categories of violations related to hazardous conditions on public property. It provided clear guidelines for addressing these violations to ensure the safety and well-being of county residents.
The first category involved knowingly leaving personal property in a hazardous location on county roads, rights-of-way, or public property. In such cases, the sheriff or designated road official would have the authority to remove the personal property within 24 hours.
The second category focused on the creation of an unlawful imminent hazard by a stopped vehicle or placed object on county roads, rights-of-way, or public property. This included instances where such objects posed a danger to public health or safety, causing insanitary conditions or damage to county roads or right-of-way. The ordinance empowered the sheriff or road official to immediately remove the vehicle or object.
The third category addressed the creation of an unlawful non-imminent hazard. This referred to vehicles or objects left on county roads, rights-of-way, or public property for more than 72 hours without creating an imminent hazard. In such cases, the sheriff or road official had the authority to remove the vehicle or object.
Enforcement and Coordination
To ensure proper enforcement and coordination, the ordinance directed the Public Works Director, Public Health Director, and Sheriff to collaborate and create a policy. This policy would guide the enforcement process and prioritize violations effectively.
During the public hearing, several community members expressed their concerns about the ordinance. They felt that the language used was too vague, leading to confusion about what qualified as hazardous conditions or violation of the ordinance. Some community members mentioned the importance of clarifying the definition of hazardous conditions and the treatment of personal property in public spaces.
Others raised concerns about the potential liabilities and cost implications related to the enforcement of the ordinance. They emphasized the need to consider the financial strain on an already financially-strapped county and questioned the availability of resources and sufficient staffing to carry out the enforcement effectively.
The Josephine County Board of Commissioners’ weekly business session focused on addressing hazardous conditions on public property in Josephine County, Oregon. By introducing ordinance 2023-003, the board aimed to establish clear regulations and guidelines to mitigate potential hazards. The session provided an opportunity for community members to voice their concerns and opinions about the ordinance, ensuring a collaborative decision-making process. Moving forward, the county will work on refining the ordinance and addressing the community’s concerns to ensure the safety and well-being of its residents.
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