City nears ‘nuisance’ ordinance action plan
More than a year after first discussing an all-encompassing nuisance ordinance, the Rockdale City Council is fine-tuning a written plan for future council action.
Council members met in workshop session Thursday to discuss the work-in-progress ordinance, put together by City Attorney Michelle Lehmkuhl, City Manager Kelvin Knauf and staffers in the office of consulting attorney Barney Knight.
Knauf said at least one more workshop, probably within the next month, will be necessary before the ordinance will reach a final form and would then be ready to present to the council for action.
“This is looked on as a proactive move,” Knauf said. “This is not in response to any current situation that exists right now in the city.”
DEFINITION—When the matter was first brought before the council, in April, 2011, Mayor Larry Jones expressed concern over the definition of “nuisance” after Lehmkuhl presented what she termed a “laundry list” of ordinances from other municipalities and state codes.
Jones noted wording terming actions “likely to become offensive” and asked for more information on the meaning of that phrase.
“What is something that’s ‘likely to become offensive’?” Jones asked. “I’d like to have more information.”
Knauf said the ordinance being prepared will contain an extensive definition of what constitutes a “nuisance.”
Enforcement of such an ordinance, if and when it is approved by the city council, was also part of Monday’s discussion.
At the April, 2011, meeting, Lehmkuhl said the “laundry list” she presented did not represent a proposed ordinance.
She asked for input from the council on which way to proceed. The council may not vote or take any formal action in a workshop session but may only consider items for future action.