BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
The Greene County Debris Committee heard updates Wednesday on eight properties around the county on which Building Offical Tim Tweed has received complaints of alleged violations of the county's Health and Safety code.
Properties are considered before the committee after Tweed determines a hazard exists, sends an official request to the property-owner for cleanup, and sees little to no action taken over time to improve the situation.
Of the eight such properties reviewed on Wednesday, the county had already cleaned up one, at 40 Bryant Lane, and will bill the cost to owners Lura and Karla Darnell, Tweed reported.
He provided the committee with before-and-after pictures of the site, with the before pictures depicting piles of debris, including Styrofoam and tires, and grown-up vegetation.
The committee praised the difference made by the clean-up.
"I can't believe that!" commented Commissioner Margaret Greenway.
"That looks inhabitable," Commissioner Robin Quillen agreed.
Tweed noted, however, that the clean-up only applies to the outside area and that he has deemed the home itself uninhabitable.
"It's filthy now," he said.
County Attorney Roger Woolsey urged Tweed to collect all bills on the clean-up as quickly as possible so that the county can get an official lien placed against the property.
15 DAYS FOR OTHER SITES
The committee, along with Woolsey, encouraged Tweed to give 15 days for several other properties that the committee last reviewed in February to finish cleaning up, including property at the intersection of Asheville Highway and East Allens Bridge Road.
Tweed said property-owners William and Sofia Downs have cleared the debris and brush around the property, but have not completed weed-eating or cleaning of an overgrown greenhouse structure.
Another such case, rental property at 625 Pinto Road, owned by Brad Ellenburg, had shown some progress but is now once again surrounded by debris and overgrowth, Tweed said.
He provided photos showing items piled around the front of the home and reported that the grass at the back has grown "waist-high."
A home at 281 Love St. is now bank-owned following a bankruptcy and will likely need to be cleaned by the county and a lien placed against it, Woolsey said.
Tweed reported that the house is covered in vines and overgrowth to the extent that there are some areas in which the house is not visible.
The committee encouraged Tweed to grant one homeowner, Herbert Dyer, more time to clean up his property, at 2588 Old Knoxville Hwy., after Tweed reported that Dyer and his wife have both experienced serious health issues after having started to clean up the property.
"I'd cut him a little slack if he's trying," Woolsey agreed, noting the seriousness of the health issues Tweed reported.
Tweed reported that three are closed cases in which the property-owners have cleaned up the sites, including:
* 170 Ed Shipley Lane, owned by Gary Wills and P.L. Kyer;
* 1088 Wykle Road, owned by Robert M. Swisher; and,
* 360 Lovelace Mtn. Loop, owned by William F. Palmer.