TURKEY — A Turkey town resident, charged with zoning violations, has been found guilty of the offense, and Turkey’s town board was brought up to speed on the matter earlier this week. The ongoing issue of Camille Dunn’s failure to clean up her properties on Faison Street has been in the courts for several months.
Mayor Tim Clifton read a statement from Faye Lewis, zoning officer with the Mid-Carolina Council of Governments as to the verdict.
“Ms. Camille Dunn was convicted of a misdemeanor and ordered to a six-month supervised probation and was fined. I have advised Mr. (Andrew) Jackson to provide us with any further details. The probation officer will be in touch with me throughout the six months and I will keep the town of Turkey updated as I am informed. If Ms.Dunn does not resolve this issue within the six months, she will be ordered to serve 10 days of jail time,” stated Lewis in her written statement.
Jackson is Turkey’s attorney.
Dunn owns several properties in town and has failed to remove the excessive amount of debris found on those properties, which put her in violation of the town’s zoning ordinances.
Jackson provided an explanation regarding the courts decision.
“Ms. Dunn was convicted of a misdemeanor which is a criminal offense and will be on her record. She was assigned a court probation officer to report to. He will help with plans to clean up the problem. He will follow through and make sure progress is being made. If progress is not made to suit him, he could take Ms. Dunn back to court at anytime within the six months,” stated the attorney.
Jackson suggested the probation office seek help from Mid-Carolina’s Lewis in planning for the clean-up.
“If this property is not cleaned up within six months, (February 2013), or Ms. Dunn goes back to court because not enough progress has been made, she will go to jail for 10 days and be fined by the judge,” noted the town attorney.
Clifton interjected, “If the problem is not cleaned up, it may go back to the town to have cleaned but that will be decided later, and will be charged to Dunn. This is not what we ,as a board, wanted to do, but when violations occur we have to hold fast to the town’s ordinances to maintain the town’s appearance so it doesn’t become a dump site,” stressed the mayor.
Due to the absence of two commissioners Tony Moore and Mike Smith, the board members present decided to table decisions on two street paving bids and two water tank maintenance bids presented to them until the next meeting when they hoped to have a better representation of the board.