Trash law changes to be aired Monday

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors is holding a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday night (March 6) to discuss possible changes to the county’s trash ordinances.

First drafted for the supervisors by county attorney Peter Luke in November, the amendments deal primarily with inoperable vehicles and solid waste.

County property owners are allowed up to two inoperable vehicles on their property, provided they own more than an acre of land. However, after several supervisors suggested in November that the code should account for vehicles kept solely for spare parts, Luke revised it to exempt farm machinery — as long as it’s not visible from the road or a neighboring property and is stored on land zoned for agricultural use. Those two provisions also applied to inoperable vehicles, Luke said.

Luke said that once a violation occurs, property owners have 30 days to correct the problem; afterwards, it comes before the supervisors for a majority vote. If a consensus is reached, the vehicle will be towed away at the property owner’s expense.