As town leaders make efforts to improve Turkey’s appearance, residents are continuing to voice their concerns about blight matters.
During the public comment portion of a recent meeting, several complaints were brought up about the town’s code enforcement process. Some believe special treatment is being given to a property owner by Mayor Donald Myers.
“I think everybody should be treated equal,” said resident Beverly Clifton. “I think the main place that is so trashy and looks so terrible, nothing is done. Why?”
For several months, residents made complaints about the look of Camille Dunn’s property, which received several extensions for violations. One of the recent complaints regarded large piles of dirt, which were turned into garden boxes. But residents believe the way it looks is not acceptable and said weeds are growing there. As far as the vegetation, Dunn said it was leafy vegetables.
As the meeting went on, another resident questioned if a Code of Ethics was established for the mayor and council. Several residents said Code enforcer Lyle Moore was being blocked from “doing what he’s supposed to do” when it comes to enforcing rules.
During the meeting, a community members questioned what would happen if everyone did not take care of their yards.
“How one keeps their yard, is always a point of personal pride, personal privilege and personal time,” Commissioner Max Pope said. “I don’t think any of the citizens of the town is going to diminish what they do, at their homes for nefarious reasons.”
Another community member asked why a resident faced a violation, but none was doled out on Dunn after she called the mayor. At the time, Dunn was not in town.
While addressing commissioners and other residents upset about the look of her property, Dunn felt that she was being singled out and that she would continue to work on vegetation around her home. She also made a plead for everyone to get along.
“Let’s all try to love each other,” Dunn said.
Commissioner Tony Moore expressed how town leaders should be consistent and fair with all residents, while bringing up another area in the heart of town. He said the concerns mentioned by the residents were valid.
“If I had a property like that, I’ll expect you to address me,” Moore said.
Dunn felt that the matter about her property was a witch hunt. Moore said it was nothing personal, but stressed that he wanted to make the town look appealing as possible.
“That doesn’t mean everything has to be perfect,” Moore said. “It just means giving it a good effort and trying to make it look nice and decent. That’s the bottom line.”
“We do have an ordinance and ordinance has to apply equally to all or it’s not an ordinance,” Pope said. “It’s like rules. It’s not a rule, if it’s not applied equally to all.”
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