Town Council appoints interim fire, rescue chief

NEW MARKET – At a Monday meeting, Town Council unanimously approved the public safety committee’s recommendation to appoint Tim Williams as the town’s interim fire and rescue chief, and the finance and personnel committee’s recommendation to appoint Danny Rice to the town’s planning commission, effective immediately.

Rice replaces Ron Gore, who recently resigned his position due to an inability to attend meetings.

Also at the meeting, Mary Nelson, along with five others representing the Pleasant View subdivision, made their case to Council regarding the property at 9969 S. Congress St.

Nelson asked Council members to consider either demolishing or condemning the property. Town Attorney Jason Ham said condemning a property is an action that must be taken by the county.

Town Manager Mike Ritchie presented photos of the property before and after a volunteer-led cleanup and noted that, among other actions, three non-functioning cars were removed and ditches are being filled in.

Nelson agreed that the cleanup helped improve the overall aesthetic nature of the property, described as a “hoarder’s dwelling” and thanked Council for the work they have done. However, Nelson and other representatives stressed the health and environmental detriment posed by the uncleanliness of the house.

“There are private property rights,” Ham responded. “On the basis of the pictures that I saw, I don’t think we have the power to declare it a nuisance. What I saw was obviously a big mess inside but behind the glass in a sealed building, I don’t think we can do much about that… We certainly appreciate your concerns and they were well-stated, and Mike and I will look into it a little bit more and if there’s something else we can do about it, we will.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com