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Osborne declares war on junk; says county will enforce 2004 blighted property ordinance...


LOUISA, Ky., -- Lawrence County judge/executive John osborne has declared war on junk cars and abandoned, run-down buildings. Osborne released a letter to the public via Solid Waste Coordinator Bill Richards that says the county will begin to enforce a 2004 ordinance which prohibits these type of materials from ruining the scenic beauty of the area.

Richards' letter, printed below, does not mention what the county will do specifically but it is clear that legal action will be necessary to clean up some places that have been eyesores for decades. Richards said the cleanup officially begins today but Lawrence County citizens will have a thirty day "education" period before he begins to summons them to District Court.

Here is Richards' statement:


It’s Time to Clean-up the Lawrence County

The Judge John Osborne told the Solid Waste Coordinator, “We need to clean up our county and it is time to get all the abandoned motor vehicles and dwellings cleaned up.”

In accordance with Lawrence County Ordinance No. 04-007, dated October 18, 2004;

Items in dilapidated and apparently inoperable condition left discarded on private property and visible from a street, roadway or public park produce a scenic blight which degrades the environment and adversely affects the property maintenance and continuing economic development of Lawrence County, they create a public nuisance and are detrimental to the welfare and convenience of the inhabitants of Lawrence County.

It is the opinion of the Fiscal Court of Lawrence County, that it is necessary to enact this Ordinance to protect and preserve the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of Lawrence County pursuant to the Fiscal Court’s authority under The Kentucky Revised Statutes…

The bottom line is, if you have abandoned inoperable vehicles and/or abandoned dwellings on your property visible to the public it is time to clean it up. We have developed a three phase plan to help us and the community in our efforts to clean-up.

Phase One: Educate- In this phase it is the County’s responsibility to let the community know what the exactly this Ordinance requires and what the exceptions are, as well as, the fines associated with noncompliance.

Phase Two: Identify- In this phase we will identify owners of property that still violate this ordinance and send them a certified letter. This letter will identify the owner as not being in compliance of this ordinance and give them thirty days to comply.

Phase Three: Serve Summons- After thirty days if the owner has not complied then a summons will be issued to appear before the Lawrence County District Court.

Lawrence County Ordinance NO. 04-007


For the purpose of this Ordinance, any dwelling or mobile home that has been vacate for a period of 30 days or more and one(1) more of the following:

  • In blatant disrepair;
  • infested with mice, rats, termites, or other vermin;
  • a fire hazard; or
  • condemned by local, state or federal officials;

shall be deemed in violation of this Ordinance…

Copies of this ordinance will be available both at the County Clerk’s and County Judge’s offices. You will also see more articles in the future on both on-line and local newspapers. For answers to your questions please leave a message on my office phone and I will call you back. My office number is 606-638-9600.


Bill Richards

Lawrence County Solid Waste Coordinator



0 #26 37yr land owner 2012-10-09 01:14
i also got a certified letter about a couple of trucks and im on the opposite side of us23 not on the louisa side of us 23 and my property has been in my family for 3 generations grand parents, my dad and myself, and if i find out that osborne is getting trying to extend the city limits to be able to give himself a raise supposedly to clean up the county i will lead the revolt to have him impeached and any ordinance he has been part of revoked by ky fiscal court. i choose not to live in the city to to avoid the bs involved with being included in the city limits for a reason. and now they are cramming the city limits down my throat.
0 #25 know 2011-11-15 17:18
the reason the speedbumps were put in because the traffic on that small road and also because there is a mentally handicapped person who lives there let me ask you would you want to be speeding on that road and hit someone like that??
0 #24 Concerned 2011-11-08 23:24
Yes the Elosie Junk Yard needs cleaned up. I have personally had to sit and wait for the road to be cleared just to get through. I am sure there is a state regulation pertaining to this such as a fence. The speed bumps were put there for a purpose and it was not for people from Meadowbrooke speeding. Mr Osborne you are to be commended for taking this on but getting people to comply is going to be a challange for you and your staff.
0 #23 Tired of the junk 2011-11-05 21:20
I think this is great! Please begin with 1st street in Highbottom and get rid of all the junk cars.
0 #22 private property 2011-11-05 05:37
Mr dog warden/waste management officer, I paid for my land, the county didn't help me one bit. If I decide to have a junkyard on it to make a dollar here and there, it's my business. Guess I know how I'll vote next election. Goodbye John. Poor folks can't afford to have you as county judge. This probably goes for our magistrate too. Clean up town first. How about fixing the county roads, they are awful, some not fit for the buses to run on.Make people with fighting chickens with barrels everywhere clean up. Let's be fair, fighting chickens in Ky is illegal, owning old buildings, trailers and junk cars isn't.
0 #21 Frank 2011-11-05 03:03
If its nasty on the outside imagine what it looks like on the inside.Doesn't matter if you are rich or poor.Dont have to be slobs.
0 #20 Wayne 2011-11-05 01:00
#17 Darrell

Sounds like Darrell is trying to change the subject. The real issue is the JUNK, not speed bumps. Clean it up Darrell.
0 #19 Rocky 2011-11-05 00:10
Hope he starts right in the court house with the elected officials.
0 #18 Joe 2011-11-04 11:47
Quoting darrell:
I am not a business, if you dont like the way it looks here then stop and tell me dont talk behind my back

Where do you live Darrell?
0 #17 darrell 2011-11-04 01:08
reguarding the speed bumps if the people building those big houses up meadow brook and across the tracks would slow down and drive right they wouldnt have to be there but you dont respect our part of the road why should we care how you feel
0 #16 Jane G 2011-11-04 00:57
If you are not a business then why are you selling junk? And it does not matter if this crap is in the middle of these nice homes or out in the country, the junk yard is still a disgrace and it should at least be in the top 5 to get cleaned up or wiped out.
0 #15 Wayne 2011-11-03 22:26
Darrell #13

If you are not a business, why do you have all that junk and those junk cars parked around your house?!!! Would you have cleaned it up if someone had stopped to talk with you about how bad it looks? I doubt it. It is a horrible eye sore that many people resent having to pass everyday. But, I predict you will fight them "tooth and toenail" before you'll clean it up. Please don't wait for someone to stop to tell you how bad it looks, take my work for it, EVERYONE notices how bad it looks!!
0 #14 way to go 2011-11-03 20:56
way to go! finally the county is doing something right..for the sake of the traffic that comes though meadowbrook and eloise rd. that is a dump,more then an eyes sore what good are those speed bumps only one is left. those beautiful big homes going up on the other side of the tracks it is a joke to have something like that close by. clean up that crap people there is no need of people living like that. PRIDE you say????? I bet Hal Rogers wouldn't want to live beside those dumps..oh yes another place is highbottom and springhill some places look ok but others look awful. can't understand some people they have a place to live and don't have any pride about their self or others around them..GLAD THEY ARE GOING TO BE MADE TO CLEAN UP THOSE DUMPS........
0 #13 darrell 2011-11-03 19:21
I am not a business, if you dont like the way it looks here then stop and tell me dont talk behind my back
0 #12 THANK YOU! 2011-11-03 19:12
Thank you Judge Osborne for at least making an effort toward this problem. DON'T BE SO NEGATIVE PEOPLE!!! We need to at least give the clean up a try!!!
0 #11 Yep 2011-11-03 19:08
The City needs to work along with the County and clean the places up that need it.. There is probably state money that would help with tearing down and cleaning up.
0 #10 Please enforce this! 2011-11-03 18:55
I do hope that the old Mildred's building is addressed -- it is full of trash. The building right by the Courthouse where the Lycans store their discarded junk and put up blue tarps on the windows is a disgrace. What about the tattered flag flying in front of the abandoned building across from Rocky Tops(beside Sunoco) Thank you for making this a priority.
0 #9 Well 2011-11-03 14:34
Dry Ridge is a great place to start...There's one place on the left going out thru there that looks horrible..
0 #8 WOW 2011-11-03 14:16
Ok so how did Bill Richards go from dog warden to solid waste management? Oh it is Lawrence Co. Just do something wrong and get rewarded with a different Job title. I guess he might shoot all those who don't clean up like he says!
0 #7 You Payin? 2011-11-03 13:48
Just wondering who's going to pay to have old buildings torn down & properly disposed of when the owner can't afford it?
0 #6 sam 2011-11-03 13:03
is this going to be another buddy and who's who thing or are we including every person, no pick and choose? We will be watching...
0 #5 Danielle 2011-11-03 01:49
0 #4 Outta Town 2011-11-03 00:11
Let's visit Eloise Road and the junkyard just past the bridge, which is not only scenic blight but a business business being operated in a residential area. Seems there's a lot of laws the county doesn't enforce.
0 #3 Coon Hunter 2011-11-02 21:35
Damn, I thought I just had to worry about him shooting my dog. Now I got to hide my broken truck too?
0 #2 really 2011-11-02 21:12
just look out your window at the courthouse John, the whole block where Mildred's flower shop use to be needs torn down, the old house across from the bank with the bushes grown up around it,
plenty to do right in your face, start there and maybe the rest of us will follow.

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