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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 22, 2014

Responsibilities divided

Supervisors vote to end remaining parts of zoning ordinance
By David Hotle | Dec 03, 2013
Photo by: David Hotle Workplace Learning Connection board member Ed Raber and director Mary Lou Erlacher give a presentation on the program during the Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting today.

The Washington County Board of Supervisors removed the final elements of the former Washington County Zoning Ordinance during its regular meeting Tuesday morning, including the zoning administrator.
The supervisors voted unanimously to eliminate the planning and zoning administrator job, currently held by Steve Lafaurie. According to the personnel change order, Lafaurie’s last day will be Dec. 11.
“If any planning and zoning issues come up, who will be responsible for taking care of those?” County Attorney Larry Brock asked the board. “There is at least one that is outstanding.”
The supervisors agreed that Washington County Sheriff’s deputies would police the issue, which requires a fence to be built on a property by Dec. 15 .
The supervisors also distributed the floodplain and subdivision responsibilities to other departments. The Washington County Auditor’s office will handle subdivision issues and the Washington County Environmental Health Department.
The council also:
• heard a report from Workplace Learning Connection director Mary Lou Erlacher on the progress of the program. Last year, over 1,100 students participated in program activities;
• approved hiring three part-time jailers;
• learned five new private sewer systems had been installed in Rubio, leaving only six residences yet to come into compliance; and
• approved the second reading of a parking ordinance and waived a third reading to pass the ordinance into law. The ordinance will make it a misdemeanor for people to park in areas deemed by the supervisors to be no-parking areas.

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