County steamlines county ordinances

By Andy Winemiller -

DOBSON — Those looking for a particular county ordinance will find the task much easier, as last week marked the end to a project to compile those laws.

County Manager Chris Knopf explained all laws passed by the Surry County Board of Commissioners were stand-alone documents. The codification process pulled those ordinances into one document.

Knopf explained “if you ever had to search our ordinances,” one would understand why the project was necessary.

American Legal Publishing Company completed the codification, and as of Thursday, Sept. 22, the company had received $3,018 for services provided to the county.

A link to the new code of ordinances is now on the county’s website. The link takes a person to an external page on which the code may be viewed. It is organized under sections such as “general provisions,” “public works,” “administration and others.

The county’s personnel ordinance and grant and capital project ordinances will remain stand-alone documents. All ordinances passed by the county board after March 7 also remain stand-alone documents.

Knopf told commissioners every six months American Legal will incorporate the additional legislation passed by the board into an updated version of the code of ordinances.

The county manager was sure the new document would streamline the process anybody looking for a county ordinance would have to navigate.

Covered loads

While the codification process led to few changes to the language of the laws governing Surry County, one noteworthy change regards covering loads of trash.

Recently, county officials declared a “war on litter,” and language included during the codification process requires anybody transporting trash to cover their loads.

A public hearing was held at Monday’s county meeting, the last step needed before the codification process was completed.

Public Works Director Dennis Bledsoe has noted at least some roadside trash is the result of garbage blowing from the beds of trucks and trailers driving a load to the landfill or one of the county’s 13 convenience centers.

“For some reason people think if you put something in the bed of a truck it’s secure,” said Bledsoe at a meeting of an ad hoc committee assembled to address the issue of litter in Surry County.

If commercial trash haulers violate the measure three times within a one-year period, they risk losing their license to operate in Surry County. Those hauling private residential trash may be fined up to $100 for violations.

Knopf called the covered-load language “a key component of the County’s anti-litter initiative it started last spring.”

The county will begin instituting the covered load requirement through education, according to Knopf. Eventually, officials will begin “spot enforcement” at the landfill and convenience centers.

By Andy Winemiller

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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