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Candidate questions code enforcement bill

Kevin Wiser

The timing of a bill from Nevada County Code Compliance regarding a long-standing mobile home violation doesn’t sit well with District 4 supervisor candidate Robin Sutherland.

She received the $146.39 bill Thursday for “services necessary to bring your property into compliance with county codes through Feb. 28, 2002,” according to the invoice from the code compliance branch of the Community Development Agency.

The hourly rate for code compliance services is $97.59.

Sutherland’s was one of more than 600 similar bills sent out by the county, according to county Code Enforcement Director Steve Brown.

“We’ve lived here for over two years. Why are we getting this now?” Sutherland asked. “I find it absolutely odd that we would get a bill now from Code Compliance about a mobile home that used to be on our property.”

Sutherland said the bill came a week after she filed a verbal complaint with Brown opposing his order that anti-Natural Heritage 2020 signs are political and therefore must come down.

Sutherland – who ran opposed to NH 2020, the county’s long-term planning process, in the March primary election – wouldn’t go so far as to say that Brown was playing politics, but said “two and two needs to be put together.”

“I wonder if anyone else has had this happen to them, or if I’m the only one that received a code violation letter,” Sutherland said.

Brown said his department sent out over 600 bills for code compliance violations this week and that Sutherland was in no way being singled out.

“If I was somehow picking on her, then I’m also picking on 600 other property owners in the county,” Brown said. “The timing may be unfortunate, but is in no way politically motivated.”

Brown said he’s received plenty of calls about NH 2020 signs over the last two weeks, but doesn’t recall Sutherland’s verbal complaint.

“This isn’t aimed at anybody politically at all,” he said. “We’re trying to get these cases closed and the billing done for our time.”

Brown said code violation bills are usually sent out in January, but were delayed due to computer problems.

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