Pasquotank County officials are seeking adequate housing for a 68-year-old resident of Northside Road whom the county says must leave his live-in shed because of minimum housing laws.
A fire severely damaged Troy Jackson's home at 1145 Northside Road about five years ago, and since then he's taken refuge in a work building behind the burned-out home.
But the county says Jackson has to move.
Officials are working on getting a mobile home erected on the property after the remains of the house are demolished. The county has applied for Community Development Block Grant funds for that purpose.
"If we get that funding that is what we hope to do with it," Assistant County Manager Rodney Bunch said of the plan to place a mobile home on Jackson's property.
Jackson wants to continue living in the workshop building on the property until the trailer is set up. But during a hearing on the matter Friday morning, the county determined Jackson was in violation of the county's minimum housing standards.
"He was ordered to vacate the premises," said County Attorney Mike Cox. "It's an immediate order. It should happen as soon as possible."
Cox said if Jackson doesn't comply with the order, he'll ask the Board of Commissioners to authorize him to pursue the matter in Superior Court. ...