County News_logoMonday morning the Marshall County Council heard the request of Plan Commission President, Stan Klotz to create a temporary position of part-time code enforcement officer.

Klotz told council members he’s been unsatisfied with code enforcement for the last couple of years. He blamed part of the issue with the County and Plan Director Ralph Booker being involved in a intergovernmental agreement for planning services for the City of Plymouth too.  Klotz felt having booker share his services between the two entities has caused a lax in the county’s code enforcement.

Klotz presented a plan to have a temporary code enforcement officer for one year.  The position would be for 15 hours a week, two days, with one day being set aside for office work and the second day could float to handle court cases, meetings, evaluations and such.  Anticipated pay would be $13 to $16 an hour.

Klotz noted that the new temporary position would not work for the Plan Director but their work would be directly for the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Klotz noted that the current planning director is not adhering to the job description and asked for support from the County Council in putting more information on the idea of adding the temporary position.

All council members were not in favor of creating a temporary position, even if it is for only 1 year.  Council President Judy Stone said she believed outsourcing the plan director to other communities was why the job was not being completed.  She said the first step would be to have the plan director work his full-time job for the county.

A motion passes by a 4 to 2 to 1 vote to support getting additional information on the temporary position and how increasing fees could assist in funding the position.  Heath Thornton, Jim Masterson, Don Morrison, and Bill Githens voted in favor, Judy Stone and Jon VanVactor voted against and Penny Lukenbill abstained from voting because he husband it attorney for the Board of Zoning Appeals.