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Page 14 Wednesday, June 27, 2012 The Adams County Record BY DALE FISK What can and should be done when someone doesn't comply with county land use regulations? That was a central issue at the June meeting of the Adams County Planning and Zoning Commission. Ryan Zollman and Mike Paradis were present to give input from the viewpoint of the sheriff's office and county commissioners. A number of activities require a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), for example the operation of some types of businesses or facilities. If someone operates without a required CUP, they are in violation of county ordinances. Much of the discussion centered on the fact that a certain amount of evidence is needed before someone can be charged with a violation. Such evidence is not always clear. For example, a CUP is required to operate an RV park, but the operator might claim he is only letting "friends and relatives" use his facilities at no charge. Building inspector, Don Horton, said if he receives a complaint about a violation he will investigate. He usually gives violators ten days to comply. According to Lt. Zollman, law enforcement gives violation reports to the prosecuting attorney, who decides if, or how, the case should be pursued. Zollman explained that such violations are misdemeanors, which carry a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and/or six months in jail. He said there are three levels of law violation. "Infractions" are minor violations, like a traffic tickets, and have set fines and fees. The next, higher, level is a misdemeanor, and serious crimes are classified as felonies. The group seemed to reach no definite conclusion asto what steps should be taken to better address CUP violations. It was suggested that the county commissioners evaluate current ordinances and enforcement. Commissioner Paradis recommended the P&Z Commission form a list of things that they would County. He also explained like the commissionersthat the commission to address. Don Hortoncan designate different was asked what he seesdefinitions in different as priorities. Horton sections of the "county replied that the most urgent need right now is to define "prime agricultural land" in the county's Comprehensive Plan. Although the Plan specifically addresses this class of land, there is not an adequate definition. The goal of the Comprehensive Plan is to preserve good farmland-to keep it from being subdivided and/ or developed for non- agricultural use. Horton said the definition of farmland in the Treasure Valley is likely different than what would fit Adams where the conditions (climate, soil, drainage, etc.) are different. He suggested a somewhat different definition for prime agricultural land in Meadows Valley as opposed to the Council/ Indian Valley area. Subdivision Ordinances Another issue that has been discussed by the P&Z Commission for the past couple meetings is subdivision ordinances, and specifically issues that have come up when a property is foreclosed on. This can result in access being denied to property behind it, or land being divided into smaller pieces than stipulated in county ordinances. Don Horton gave an example of a property owner insuring only a few acres on which the owner has a home and outbuildings. When the property is foreclosed upon, the bank would take ownership of that insured chunk of land separate from the rest of the land that would go to a different owner, resulting in a de facto subdivision of the property. Horton said one thing that could be done to prevent this is to have lien holders sign off on final plats, not just the person buying the land. e in FROM THE U.S. DEPT. counties in Idaho, Oregon OF AGRICULTURE and Washington. The The Risk Management LivestoCk Risk Protection Agency's (RMA)Spokane (LRP) program for Fed Regional Office would Cattle, Feeder Cattle, like to remind Pacific Lamb and Swine and the Northwest livestockLivestock Gross Margin producers of the livestock (LGM) program for Swine risk management will begin sales for the programs available in all 2013 crop year July 2, 2012 and continue through loss of gross margin cause of loss). June 30, 2013; or until the (market value of livestock Cattle, swine and lamb maximum underwriting minus feed costs). LRPproducers are encouraged capacity is reached, and LGM do not cover to contact a local livestock LRP coverage protects any other peril (e.g insurance agent to the policyholder from mortality, condemnation, learn additional details. downward price risk physical damage, disease, Federal crop insurance during the insurance individual marketing program policies are period. LGM provides decisions, local pricesold and delivered solely protection against the deviations or any other through private crop and livestock insurance companies. A list of livestock crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers throughout the U.S. or at the RMA Web site address: http://www.rma. usda.gov/tools/agent.html ~: ii~il/ii i 108 1 ~i!iiiiii!!!~i! Laugh of the week There's a man sitting at a bar just looking at his drink. He sits there like that for half an hour when a big truck driver, decides to get a rise out of him, walks up, grabs the drink from the guy, and drinks it down in a single gulp. The poor man imme- diately starts crying. The truck driver says, "Come on man, I was just joking. Here, I'll buy you another drink. It's disgusting see- ing a grown man crying:' "No, its not that;' the guy replies, "This is just about the worst day of my life. First, I'm late to my office and my boss, in an outrage, fires me. When I leave the building with my stuff, I find out my car was stolen. The police say they can't do anything. I call a cab to return home but remem- ber I left my wallet and credit cards in my car. The cab driver just drives away. I finally get home and when I get there, I find my wife sleeping with the gardener. I leave home and come to this bar. And just when I was thinking about putting an end to my mis- erable life, you show up and drink my poison." . . In Adams County $40.00 per year Out of Adams County $45.00 per year Out of State $50.00 per year nois Avenue, Council Missing Since: 05/16/2008 Missing from: Nogales, AZ N.~o A C,~ r~ M~,~,~ youth 1.800.566.56881