Supervisors hear several nuisance updates

Board of Supervisors
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

After the Jones County Supervisors granted the owners of 24052 Ridge Rd. in Anamosa two extensions on their nuisance violation, the board gave them one extra week to have their property cleaned up. 

The owners, Faron Fritz and Brenda Anders, were not present for the discussion during the Oct. 29 supervisor meeting. However, Ted Weber, who had some items stored on the property, was present to address the matter. 

Land Use Administrator Michele Lubben said she had not heard from the owners since the second extension; they had until Oct. 25 to come into compliance with the nuisance code. 

Weber said he was not aware of the extension, and informed the board and Lubben that he had gotten a good start on removing the refuse off the property. 

“It’s pretty well cleaned up,” he said. “We’ve made some leaps and bounds. I’ll be there until it’s all gone; I hope a week will do it.” 

The board approved an extension until Nov. 6, the next board meeting. 

“This is the third extension,” noted Supervisor Wayne Manternach. “That will most likely be it in my opinion.” 

Lubben also brought up another nuisance at 13461 Ramsey Rd. in Amber, owned by Jerrid Boge. Boge is a repeat offender. Lubben shared that he appeared in court against his most recent nuisance violation and was fined $1,500. Since then, Lubben said more refuse has accumulated at Boge’s property within days of the court hearing. 

Boge was given 14 days to clean up the previous nuisance, which ended Oct. 22. 

“We’re willing to issue another civil citation through the court,” offered Lubben of the recent nuisance violation. 

The board approved of Lubben’s recommendation. 

On another nuisance violation at 12653 Davenport St. in Center Junction, Lubben informed the board that a non-jury trial was set for Nov. 13. 

The owners, Michael Williams and the late Randy Williams have been in violation of the nuisance for some time. Lubben said it was Micheal’s attorney who requested the non-jury trial. 

In other county business: 

The board approved the preliminary and final plats of the Rolling Hills Estates Second Addition, a subdivision in Fairview Township. 

The board approved the hiring of a part-time office clerk in the Recorder’s Office, per Recorder Sheri Jones’ request. The clerk, Cindy La Rue, will work 20 hours a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. 

The board awarded the courthouse heating, ventilation, A/C retrofit project to Meyer Mechanical in Dyersville. They had the lowest bid at $147,670. 


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