By NR Staff • 

Commissioners firm up surveyor plans

Since Linscheid’s departure, Glass, who started working for the county in 1994, has assumed most of the duties of the office. Things he’s not authorized to do, like approving a plat, have been referred to County Engineer Bill Gille, a licensed surveyor designated by the county as deputy surveyor.

Yamhill County Commissioners made that arrangement permanent Thursday morning. In the process, they decided to move Glass from his office on Lafayette Avenue to an office with the planning department downtown, where he will report to Planning Director Mike Brandt.

The decision is one in a series commissioners have made since Linscheid’s resignation.

In addition to making the surveyor position appointive rather than elective, the commissioners contracted with Matt Dunckel, a private surveyor serving on the county planning commission, to analyze the position and make a recommendation on how it should be filled. Dunckel said most of the work could be done by Glass and the rest by Gille.

The move signals commissioners’ acceptance of that recommendation.

The commissioners also continued a hearing on the status of a cleanup effort being mounted by Earl Lawson — at their instigation — on property he owns on the Amity-Dayton Highway.

The commissioners expressed satisfaction with the progress he’s been making, but asked him to pick up the pace, as he has a substantial amount of work to complete by the time they make their next scheduled assessment in June.

The condition of a mobile home sited on the property remains a point of contention.

Code Enforcement Officer Mike Kemper insists the 1969 singlewide, after being exposed to the elements for more than 20 years, is beyond salvage and needs to be hauled away.

In addition to the solid waste infraction, it poses a land use infraction because it constitutes a second dwelling on a tract authorized for one. It was allowed under a temporary permit that expired in 1991.

Lawson argues the trailer is salvageable, and proposes to convert it to another use if it can’t serve legally as a second residence. The commissioners asked him to present proof and concrete plans at the next hearing, set for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 20, in Room 32 at the courthouse.

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