CHARLESTON -- The Mississippi County Commission said that the part-time code enforcement officer position will probably have fewer hours than applicants are expecting.
Presiding Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said the job will only take 8-10 hours per month, not 10 hours per week, as there won't be many violations to address.
The code enforcement officer will be sent when county officials get a complaint about junk or trash, Blumenberg said. The officer will then issue a warning giving the property owner between 10 and 30 days to clean up the problem.
After the time period elapses, the code enforcement officer will return to see if the property owner complied, Blumenberg said. If the problem has not been fixed, then the officer will write a citation.
At this time it becomes the prosecuting attorney's responsibility, Blumenberg said.
Other items addressed by the commission Thursday were:
* As Wyatt and Anniston have been approved for grants to fund the purchase of tornado warning sirens, the county will now send each of the two municipalities a check for $2,500 to help cover the required local match as promised.
With the installation of those two sirens, "everybody is probably well covered except for Bertrand," Blumenberg said.
* Commissioners discussed items that need to be addressed at the county airport listed in a recent Federal Aviation Administration inspection.
Blumenberg said the county doesn't have the money to resurface runways or apron areas.
He said he isn't su
re what crops the inspector was referring to as being too close to the runway unless the inspector was referring to the hay.
As far as the beacon that is not rotating, "we're addressing that now," Blumenberg said.
Commissioner Homer Oliver suggested putting snowstone around the base of the runway lights as they were advised not to spray herbicide around them. The herbicide is reportedly causing water-collecting depressions around the lights which may attract birds.
Blumenberg said a copy of the inspection report needs to be taken to Richard Wallace, county road and bridge superintendent.
* Delivery on the county's new Bush Hog mower has been delayed.
Blumenberg said the county needs to start addressing its weed problems as there are now places where weeds are hanging out into roads.
"It's as sloppy as I've ever seen," he said.
Blumenberg said the county should hire someone for the road and bridge department on Monday and should possibly hire a second new employee as the department seems to be falling behind on some tasks.