Property Committee Addresses King Street Complaints

By Lura Jackson

 

The property committee met on Thursday, August 27th to address multiple outstanding complaints concentrated around King Street. An anonymous resident came forward to express her neighborhood’s concerns, which included rampant ATV usage on the streets, overflowing dumpsters and trash, and an inhabited, yet potentially unsanitary trailer. 

The anonymous resident said that the ATVs were constantly running at high speeds over private property, causing damage to lawns and contributing to erosion whenever it rains. She said that garbage was being dumped outside of some properties and blowing into the lawns of others on a daily basis, while an abandoned dumpster was a source of a rat infestation. Lastly, the formerly abandoned trailer that is now being inhabited has prompted the question of where the raw sewage is being disposed of, with the concern being that it has simply been tossed over the hill behind the site. 

“It's an awful thing to look at,” the resident expressed. “This is my neighborhood.” 

Police Chief David Randall confirmed that he had heard similar complaints from the area. “We need to make the neighborhoods look less ghetto,” he said, emphasizing that a certain element is attracted by unkempt properties. Randall said he had been working with code enforcer Tim Krug with the abandoned trailers around town. City Manager Jim Porter affirmed that he would request that Krug examine the area around the King Street trailer for evidence of the dumping of unsanitary waste.

Regarding the use of ATVs on roads, the committee affirmed that road usage is acceptable only if the rider is in transit to a trail. Riding back and forth repeatedly on the same street was therefore clearly a breach of the ordinance. The anonymous resident said the use was indeed constant and that she and her vehicle had nearly been hit a few times. Committee member Marcia Rogers affirmed that when the paving crew was working in the area over the summer, they had called to complain about the ATV usage.

Committee member Billy Howard asked if trail cameras would help address the issue. Chief Randall said that they would not be a fix-all particularly if the rider was wearing a helmet, although he readily admitted that the possibility of catching tags made them a valuable tool. Randall said that the police department had been recently allotted a few thousand dollars from the estate of Jessie Baig, and he suggested that cameras could be purchased with those funds. The committee agreed to put a purchase request onto the council meeting agenda for the purchase of four cameras for the police department from the fund.

 

Addressing the concerns about the garbage accumulation on the street, the committee agreed that it would contact the owner of the abandoned dumpster as well as the tenants responsible for producing the trash. If that attempt proves unsuccessful in remedying the problem, the committee will contact the landlord of the property, which, as committee member Eddie Moreside points out, “is ultimately responsible.”