Trashed Lock Road property draws ire of fiscal court

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Owner a no-show in district court

By Ben Carlson

A pile of junk and trash on Lock Road remains untouched a full year after the property’s owner was put on notice that it had to be cleaned up.
Frustrated with the lack of progress, the Anderson County Fiscal Court debated last Tuesday using county equipment to cleaning it up and placing a lien on the property, which is owned by Robin Sims of 100 Quachita Trail, Frankfort.
Sims was cited by the county’s solid waste department last February and given 30 days to clean up the mess, which court documents say include trash, a stove, a couch, box springs and a mattress.
Sims didn’t comply and the citation was forwarded to Anderson District Court, where a judge issued a summons for Sims to appear in October.
Sims, according to court records, did not appear and a warrant was issued for his arrest including a $250 bond.
Sims bonded out of jail but failed to appear in court in December. He was a no-show again in late January for hearing during which his bond was revoked.
During Tuesday fiscal court meeting, Magistrate David Ruggles expressed his frustration, saying the property is in his district and people frequently ask him why it is being taken care of.
Ruggles questioned if the fiscal court could simply use its loader and trucks to clean it up and place a lien on the property.
County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis said that could be done under an old solid waste ordinance, but no decision was made during Tuesday’s meeting to do so.