Administrative hearing held on property deemed unfit for occupancy

By Bob Robinson
STAR STAFF

   City Manager Charles Stahl held an administrative hearing Friday for five city residents, two of whom did not appear, to determine the disposition of their property declared to be "unfit for human occupancy or use."
   By State law, the city manager is authorized to have such structures demolished, removed or repaired.
   "If the costs of the repair, alteration or improvement of the structure will be 50 percent or more of the value of the structure, the order shall require the owner, within the time specified in the order, to remove or demolish such structure," according to Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 13, Chapter 12, Section 13-306 (2) (b).
   Eddie Roger Vest, property owner, and Wanda Sue Vanover, trailer owner, at 2000 Forsythe Drive in Rio Vista, were given until Jan. 2, 2002, to move an abandoned singlewide trailer or appeal the order to Carter County Chancery Court.
   In a hearing in May 2001, it was determined the Vanover property was vacant, non-conforming use and, based on a determination by City Attorney Roger Day, was in violation of the City Code and cannot be brought into conformance with the Code.
   Attorney Day, in a legal opinion issued in June 2001, stated no singlewide trailers are permitted within the city except those which have been continuously occupied since the passage of the ordinance prohibiting them.
   In other cases, Mrs. James B. Hyder, 345 Big Springs Road, concerning property located on Powder Branch Road, requested a reinspection of the property in question. The matter was referred to the City Attorney.
   The case against Joyce Bolden, 116 Church St., was dismissed when it was determined her property is now in compliance. Ms. Bolden requested Stahl, however, remove gravel from her yard which, she understood, had been placed there by city construction workers.
   Cases against Teresa Gray, 1021 and 1024 Berry Road, and Mike Lyons, 1812 Central Ave., who did not appear at the hearing, were referred to the City Attorney.