PILOT MOUNTAIN — The pond at Lola Lane was declared a nuisance during Monday night’s Board of Commissioners meeting.
After heavy rainfall in early August, two ponds located off Lola Lane in Pilot Mountain flooded and washed out, creating public concern.
Once the larger of the two ponds broke containment and poured out much of its water, a submerged car was revealed at the bottom. It was unclear at the time how long the car has been in the pond and who owned the car.
Since then the town altered its nuisance ordinance earlier during a board of commissioners meeting, and several formal complaints have been filed against the property.
The owner of the pond is Ron and David Construction Inc., run by Rob Moorefield and David Inman, according to Town Manager Michael Boaz, although Inman claimed he was not involved with the property as an owner when the car was first discovered, according to previous reports.
Commissioner Gary Bell questioned the possibility of using grant funding to restore the pond. “Does this potential still exist,” asked Bell of Michael Boaz, town manager.
“That possibility is far down the road,,” explained Boaz. “We applied for grant funding however, we won’t know anything until, at best, towards the end of this year.”
Mayor Dwight Atkins stated he felt as though the property easily fit into four criteria of the nuisance ordinance — parts A, D, H, and J.
A) Any condition which is a breeding ground or harbor for mosquitoes or a breeding ground or harbor for rats, snakes, or other pests or has the potential for becoming a breeding ground or harbor for such pests.
D) An open place of collection of water for which no adequate natural drainage is provided and where insects tend to breed or which is or is likely to become a nuisance or a menace to public health.
H) Any furniture, appliance, automotive parts or pieces or other wood or metal products of any kind or nature openly kept which have jagged edges of metal or glass, or ares of confinement, or areas which may provide a habitat for rats, snakes, insects, or other pests.
J) Any ditch, natural or artificial channel, stormwater retention or detention pond or other impoundment device which is operated improperly.
“I think it poses a great concern to those neighbors, especially if they have children,” said Bell. “We are sympathetic to their concerns.”
The board of commissioner voted unanimously to declare the property a nuisance.
The property owners have 60 days to begin any progress to resolve the four outlined issues with the pond.
Boaz suggested the board periodically consider the progress made and decided afterwards if they want to pursue further action if the owners make no attempt to remedy the situation within the 60 days.
In an unrelated matter, Boaz told the board that the town’s housing code ordinance was outdated. Previously, the housing code gave the Surry County Building Inspector the authority to enforce the ordinance rather than town staff.
The board unanimously passed to give that right back to town staff.
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