By Nathalie Hardy • Columnist • 

Excess trash declared a violation

It plans to bill him first. If he doesn’t pay, it will place a lien placed on his property, to be paid out of the proceeds of its eventual sale.

The decision grew out of a hearing conducted by the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners. At its conclusion, the board declared Lawson in violation of the county’s solid waste ordinance.

The county’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee worked with Lawson for nearly two years, trying to get him to clear out junk cars, scrap metal, motor oil, wooden pallets and similar items strewn about the property in heaps and piles. It turned to the board several months ago, and the board has had no better success.

Code Enforcement Officer Mike Kemper said Lawson made some progress in March, but still had 13 tasks left on his to-do list, and had only accomplished one in the course of the intervening months — removal of a big-screen projection-style television set.

What’s more, while Lawson was asked to retain receipts proving any removed items had actually been disposed of, not simply relocated to another portion of his property, he was unable to produce one for the TV set. He said he had forgotten.

With that, the commissioners decided they had had enough.

Lawson blamed his lack of progress on the demands of caring for his elderly and ailing mother. In fact, he told commissioners, he had just had to rush her to the emergency room again one day last week.

He said he had the best of intentions, but said, “Your plans kind of get stomped on when you’re taking care of somebody else.

“I’m between a rock and a hard spot here. I’m sorry, but I’m not superman.”

The county has been down this road before. It eventually gave up on Harold Bloom of Dayton and commissioned a cleanup that ran $9,315.

More than 100 junk cars were removed from the Bloom property, along with a dozen 30-yard dropboxes of trash and a large collection of old tires, according to Solid Waste Analyst Sherrie Mathison.

In other business, the board:

n Drew no testimony at a hearing scheduled on its $91 million budget for fiscal 2013-14, slated for adoption next Thursday.

n Authorized County Administrator Tschabold to enter into a loan agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation for the county’s portion of the local match for the Newberg-Dundee Bypass in the amount of $10.3 million.

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