A Noise Complaint
DIRT TRACK NEIGHBORS OBJECT – NOISE & EROSION, also, COVID Closes the Courthouse, voting still open.
Development in the northern portion of Laurens County is going to be stifled if the government does not enforce ordinances and take a role in tamping down a dirt track in the Greenpond community, residents told the Laurens County Council tonight.
When the all-terrain track was built 7-8 years ago, owners of the property said it was being cleared for agricultural purposes. “Then, we started hearing motorcycles,” a resident said, during public comments time.
Dirt bikes run late into the night and early on Sunday mornings, the council was told. Mud from the track covers a main road in a curve – “we’ve had to pull a couple of people out of ditches … someone’s going to get hurt really bad,” another said.
Now, the property is changing hands, and residents said it is the perfect time to enforce nuisance and noise ordinances. The problem is, they said, local law enforcement does not have a decibels meter to gauge the noise coming from the dirt track.
The county’s noise ordinance says no noise over 95 decibels – leaf blowers and weed eaters are just over 100, and the dirt track is louder than that. It is an “annoying” noise, a resident said.
Some council members have been to the site to assess the problem.
“Each of us has the right to live peaceably,” Council Chairman Dr. David Pitts said. “Again, this is after the fact, it’s too late. … I hope people will recognize the importance of zoning, countywide. Your property will be devalued without it.”
County Attorney Sandy Cruickshanks said a specific piece of property or existing business cannot be spot-zoned. However, he said, there are remedies for existing homeowners through law enforcement and the court with state laws and county ordinances. He said he would research those measures and provide them to the complaining property owners.
Cruickshanks said county councils have been dealing with issues like this all the way back to the Mile Back Race Track.
Three people spoke against the nuisance, others deferred their time to these speakers – they asked for county action to enforce the rules now that new owners are coming to the property with the intent of keeping the dirt track operational. The council took the matter as information.
Earlier, the council passed an ordinance regulating RV Parks in Laurens County. The complaining property owners from Greenpond/Mahaffey Road said, at the dirt track, people are living in RVs not connected to septic tanks (as required), and lights from the track burn all night and heavy equipment works throughout the early morning to set the course for the next “practice runs.” The new owners likely will seek a land-use variance to continue operating the track, the residents told council.
COURTHOUSE IS CLOSED
COVID- 19 Update
Joey Avery, Emergency Management Director
Jon Caime, County Administrator
Wednesday October 14, 2020
Due to several COVID 19 cases from several offices inside the Hillcrest Judicial / Administration Building, recently the following changes has taken place.
On Thursday October 15, 2020 (0900) we will implement a modified version of our continuity of operations contingency plan for several offices.
County offices located at the County’s Hillcrest Judicial / Administration Building, located at 100 Hillcrest, Laurens, has suspended public access effective Thursday 15 October 2020 at 9 am until till further notice.
The following offices will provide services under these adjusted operations:
Laurens County Treasurer, Auditor and Assessor:
These Offices will be accepting phone calls, emails, faxes and mail.
Any business needing to be conducted with the offices of the Laurens County Treasurer, Auditor or Assessor will be conducted at the drive-thru window.
Due to the concern for the COVID-19, the following procedures are in place.
Payments for taxes would continue to be taken on the website http: www.laurenscounty sctaxes.com and via phone 1-866-984-9289 along with the night drop available after hours.
The drive through would be available during normal business hours (9:00 am until 5:00 pm)
During normal business hours someone from the Auditor and Assessor's Office would be available at the drive through area for time-sensitive vehicle and real property tax concerns.
All other questions and concerns would need to be handled by telephone during business hours.
Assessor's Office 864-984-6546 Option 5
Auditor's Office 864-984-2535 Option 5
Treasurer's Office 864-984-4742 Option 5
Laurens County Building Codes & Inspections
This office will be conducting all business accepting phone calls, emails, faxes and mail.
Laurens County Voter Registrations
The Laurens County Registrations and Elections office, located at the historic courthouse, will be remain open for absentee voting,
Laurens County Magistrate and Municipal Courts:
Magistrates Court has temporarily suspended operations due to the courthouse being closed to the public. Anyone with a pending criminal/traffic case between the dates of October 15 through October 30 will be rescheduled. A summons will be mailed to you reflecting a new court date and time for you to appear. Clinton/Laurens Municipal courts will not be affected with this closure and will remain open during normal business hours. Laurens Magistrate Court will resume normal operations on October 30, 2020 unless further action is needed. Should you have any questions or concerns, you may call (864)681-0583 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Clerk of Court is available by phone (864) 984-3538 with options.
Business can be conducted through the treasurers drive thru for Register of Deeds and Clerk of Court. Citizens may need to call to let us know we have something.
Laurens and Clinton Public Library:
The library is committed to continue services while following DHEC and CDC recommendations to keep its staff and the citizens of Laurens County as safe as possible. This includes delivering books to the curb, waiving fines on overdue books and possibly story times via the Internet.
Call the Laurens Library at 864-681-7323 or the Clinton Library at 864-833-1853 for more information.