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POSTED: July 8, 2013 11:01 a.m.
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Sheriff Craig Nobles, right, discusses a possible weapons-use ordinance Tuesday during the Long County Commission meeting.

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Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles went before the Long County Commission on Tuesday and asked it to pass two new ordinances, one of which deals with using firearms in residential areas.
No action was taken on the requests.
Nobles said his department has received several reports of people firing weapons in residential areas. He said that if the activity took place on a lot more than 150 feet from a road, the shooters didn’t break any laws, despite it being a hazard. He also said that, many times, people were shooting straight up in the air and not knowing where the bullet came down. One woman said in a report that a .45-caliber round came through her roof and lodged in her floor. Nobles said an ordinance was needed to forbid the firing of any weapons in a residential area in the county.  
Nobles also asked the commissioners to pass an ordinance forbidding anyone from camping overnight or drinking alcohol at the county’s water landings. He said some people staying at the landings overnight have not been cleaning up their messes when they leave. The ordinance would affect only the area at the landing itself.  
In addition to the ordinance requests, Nobles asked for a replacement for an old vehicle that had a lot of miles on it and a broken transmission.  He said it was not cost-effective to repair the vehicle and would like to replace it with a truck.  The estimate presented for a new truck was $36,000 — $27,000 for the truck and $9,000 for equipment.  
Commission Chairman Robert Long told Nobles the board would consider his request and get back to him.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Making of Miracle Stories animal-shelter spokesman Bob DeVries provided an update on the shelter’s plans to relocate. DeVries said Hinesville Mayor James Thomas and Liberty County Manager Joey Brown gave the shelter an unofficial OK to allow it to lease land in Hinesville. DeVries said that early plans include going into a joint venture with Liberty County Animal Control, but both still would be independent. Accessing the land would take approximately 18 months.  
“I think we are going to do this … the location is a great place,” DeVries said.  
He also requested that the shelter be allowed to place a recreational vehicle on the Hugh Gordon Lane site to increase the number of people who could monitor the shelter. He said currently there is one woman living at the site, and that if a RV is placed out there temporarily, a second couple could move into the mobile home that is there. DeVries said that adding two more people to the premises would help control the excessive noise from the dogs barking.  
He also asked the commissioners to investigate a report of alleged animal abuse. Commissioner Dwight Gordon said that he would get with Nobles to investigate it.
Code-Enforcement Officer Steve Adkins went before the commission regarding Crawford, Murray Crossing and Vicker’s Hill subdivisions. Adkins said he met with local developer Bill Nutting about drainage and road issues in the subdivisions and showed him what repairs were needed. Nutting will not be sold any more permits until the problems have been corrected.  
Nutting was on the agenda regarding a rezoning issue but was not present.
In other business, the commissioners:
• appointed Commissioner Gerald Blocker to the Long County Board of Health.
• appointed Commissioner Willie Thompson to the Coastal Workforce Board.
• appointed Long and Commissioner Kent Hall to the Middle Coastal Unified Development Authority.
• reappointed Eddie Dash-
er to the Long County Forestry Board.

 

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