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Commissioners to be updated on Wesport rental

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

Members of the Westport community in Denver recently aired their complaints regarding disturbances stemming from a neighborhood vacation home before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
An update on the situation is expected to be given during the board’s meeting tonight.
Remarks from several Westport homeowners unhappy about new and unwelcome noise from the residence being used as a lakefront vacation rental were heard by commissioners at their May 7 meeting.
The home, located on Howard Lane, is being rented out on both a weekend and weekly basis, and neighbors told commissioners this has resulted in loud parties, an abundance of trash and exposure “to thousands” of strangers in the months since it has changed ownership, not to mention their own calls to police.
They also believe the home is being listed as having more bedrooms than is the case so the owner can maximize earning potential, which has subsequently allowed for the large crowds of renters and excessive noise.
However, as they are not part of a homeowners’ association, commissioner George Arena recommended they look into a potential civil suit, as there were not many other options at hand.
County Manager George Wood thought the situation could be a zoning issue, and he asked planning staff and County Attorney Wesley Deaton to look into it further. Those findings will be presented tonight.
Also at tonight’s meeting, commissioners will consider a vehicle-maintenance pilot program with the Lincoln County Board of Education for work on the Sheriff’s Department fleet. The program, which would start July 1, would result in fewer repairs being contracted out to local garages and, instead, done by the school system’s central garage.
“They need additional funding, and this is a way to get some of it without asking the taxpayers for additional money,” Wood said of the school board in a memo to commissioners.
“We believe it has the potential to save the county money,” he also wrote.
Other items on tonight’s agenda include:•Commissioners will weigh the bylaws for the Lincoln County Community Friends Corporation.
•Commissioners will consider renewing and extending the county’s lease with the United Way of Lincoln County.
•A $554,923 exterior restoration and rehabilitation contract for repairs to the Mundy House will be considered.
•Commissioners will hear the recommendations from the Planning Board regarding several zoning cases whose public hearings were conducted at the previous meeting.
•Wood will present his proposed 2012-2013 budget, with commissioners also meeting for a work session Wednesday at 6 p.m. to discuss it further.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center and is open to the public.

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