County boards needing members

Two resignations earlier this year have left open seats on two county boards that determine zoning questions.

One spot is on the five-member Board of Zoning Appeals, and the other is on the nine-member Jackson County Plan Commission.

County Building Commissioner Mike Weir said the lack of votes can impact decisions at the monthly meetings.

“It’s not really fair to the public when the board holds a public hearing without a full board,” Weir said. “We haven’t had anything controversial come up, but we’re walking on thin ice until we get it filled.”

Bill Burnside, of Pershing Township, previously had been appointed by the county plan commission to serve not only on that board but also on board of zoning appeals. Gene Speaker, of Hamilton Township, had filled the other seat on BZA. He was appointed by the Jackson County Council.

Both men resigned earlier this year due to health reasons.

The board of zoning appeals meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the annex in Brownstown to consider requests for variances and special use petitions.

The plan commission meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month if there are requests. It has responsibilities of issuing building permits, including special permits for business operations, providing zoning information and serving as the GIS administrator and code enforcer.

Board members receive $40 per meeting no matter how long a meeting might last.

Weir said the roles of the board are important to the county.

“The boards enforce the codes and oversee what goes on in the county to make sure we are kind of following our comprehensive plan,” he said.

For information on the positions, contact Weir at 812-358-6108 or the county’s human resources director Jeff Hubbard at 812-358-6184.

Applicants cannot live within any incorporated town or city limits or within Seymour’s two-mile fringe.

At a glance

For information on the vacant seats, contact Jackson County Building Commissioners Mike Weir at 812-358-6108 or the county’s human resources director Jeff Hubbard at 812-358-6184.