|Published: 9:32 AM, 02/11/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
Commission on Monday night passed the first reading of an ordinance
that will establish an administrative law judge.
City officials believe an
administrative law judge could provide better enforcement of city
codes, especially when it comes to keeping properties clean.
"It gives us a lot more bite," City
Planning and Codes Enforcement Officer Scott Wilson said.
Mayor Doyle Lowe said Tuesday he also
believes having an administrative law judge to handle code violations
will help Sweetwater because the new judge can levy up to $500 fines
instead of the current $50 limit. Lowe said people often just paid
the small fine and went on.
"A lot of times it's easier to pay
the $50 fine than to clean up the property," he said.
See full story in the Sunday, Feb. 10, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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