Baldwin Commissioners consider new property rules

Baldwin Commissioners consider new property rules

The Baldwin County Commissioners may adopt an international code that regulates how homeowners use and maintain their property.

It's called the International Property Maintenance Code.

Baldwin County Commission Chairman, Sammy Hall, says the county wants to clean up the streets to have a neater appearance.

But he says the law also has regulations about the interior of a home. That's why Milledgeville resident Raymond Woodall says the county is overreaching their bounds.

"I don't want to sleep in my kitchen, I don't want anyone else sleeping in my kitchen, but I don't want the government telling me I can't have someone sleeping in my kitchen that I paid for," Woodall said.

But Hall says they won't focus on the inside of homes.

"It is sort of unjust for a person to buy a piece of property, have a home, and then their neighbor has a real dilapidated, uninhabitable structure that they have to live next to," Hall said.

Hall says they want to enforce the code gently and to give people a chance to fix the problem before a citation is issued.

"There's also a lot of misconceptions out there that people think we're just going to come like stormtroopers on their property and make demands of them, but that's not what we're wanting to do," Hall said.

Hall says the commissioners don't have a timetable for when they'd like to implement this new code, but they want the public's input before they make their decision.

They've held two public hearings so far and plan to have one more. Woodall says he hopes that draws a big crowd.

"Whether you're for it or whether you're against it, come out and voice your opinion," Woodall said.

Hall says the commissioners plan to hold another public hearing to hear from the community before they make their decision. The date for that has not been set.

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