The Mineral County Board of County Commissioners will meet on Sept. 5 to discuss the possible adoption of an amended nuisance abatement ordinance.

A concerned citizens group met in August to work on updating Mineral County Code 8.40, so that all citizens could feel comfortable with the document and wording.

Unlike the current ordinance on record, the newly proposed document provides detailed definitions and wording to allow the building official to “put more teeth” into those that do not comply with the ordinance.

In 2014, Mineral County residents decided that they were opposed to the changes to code 8.40 and a petition was circulated to gather signatures to amend the ordinance that was being proposed. The Mineral County PAC for Limited Government was successful in gathering the required signatures and the item was placed upon the ballot to be voted upon. The citizens chose to keep the old ordinance as it stood.

The proposed ordinance states, “We help maintain and improve the quality of our communities by administering a fair and unbiased enforcement program to correct violations of county codes that have been adopted and land use requirements. We also work with residents, neighborhood associations, public service agencies and other County agencies to: facilitate voluntary compliance with County laws and codes; empower community self-help programs; develop public outreach programs and establish community priorities for enforcement programs.

This ordinance titled, “Mineral County Abatement of Real Property Nuisances Ordinance” will be heard on Sept. 5 at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in the county commissioner chambers of the courthouse. The public is invited to attend and voice their opinions. A copy of the proposed ordinance can be found at the clerk’s office, Mineral County Economic Development Authority or the Independent-News office.