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Jefferson County Zoning director announces resignation

by Dennis Sharkey
County Planning and Zoning Director Eloise Tichenor is stepping down from her post.

Jefferson County Commission Chairman Richard Malm announced her resignation Monday afternoon that will be effective Sept. 24.

“We reluctantly accept,” Malm said in a low tone.

Malm said Tichenor gave the reason that she is getting married and moving out of the area as her reason for leaving.

Tichenor will be leaving a department that is currently wedged in the middle of a federal lawsuit against the county by restaurant and adult entertainment club owner Zach Snyder.

In a lawsuit filed in March, Snyder alleges that Tichenor knew about his intentions of opening an adult entertainment club and even assisted in finding a location. Tichenor recommended that Snyder’s application be denied in October 2010. Snyder alleges that Tichenor changed her stance after some county residents in the Meriden area pushed back. Tichenor has denied Snyder’s allegations.

A deadline for a resolution to the lawsuit comes Aug. 11. A date on July 27 was extended to next week because both sides expressed that a settlement would be worked out. The response date for the county has been extended three times.

More lawyer expenses continue to rack up for the county. According to a county voucher obtained from the Clerk’s office attorney Scott Bergthold, who was hired to battle Snyder’s lawsuit and develop regulations for the county, was paid $10,595 for services rendered during the month of May. No bills have been approved for June or July. The total paid to Bergthold is $33,108 since he was hired by commissioners in March.

In other actions:

• Commissioners put off any discussions about the budget due to the absence of Second District Commissioner Roy Dunnaway. He was called away to a family emergency.

Malm said valuations appear to be flat but would not comment on how much would need to be cut from the budget.

“It would be speculation at this point,” Malm said.

• Road and Bridge Director Francis Hubbard reported that an employee has given a two week notice. Hubbard said he is down a total of two employees because a truck driver was not replaced last year.

• Hubbard gave the results of a traffic study recently conducted on 54th Street east of Wellman Road to Washington. A total of 3,792 cars were counted in a week with an average speed of 48 mph. The speed limit is 55 mph. A resident had requested the study because of a concern for vehicle speed. The study began on July 20.

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