Burlington homeowners sick of junk in front yards

BURLINGTON, N.C. – Homeowners are sick of seeing Sofas, refrigerators, and stacks of junk all piled up on front porches.

“It’s not just one person, it’s all over the city,” said George Hill, a concerned Burlington homeowner.  Hill says he’s been trying for years to get the city of Burlington to step in.

Currently the city of Burlington doesn’t have an ordinance saying what homeowners can and can’t have on their front porches.

Jack Rutherford said having no rules hurts home values and the entire city.

“People coming into the city with the possibility of setting up commercial enterprises or bringing companies to the city or bringing companies to Alamance County,” he said.

The homeowners FOX8 spoke with would like the city to treat junky porches like they do tall grass.

“You put a notice on there, you got 10 days to clean this junk off your porch.  After the 10 days you fine them,” Hall said.

The issue has been brought up to city council.  City officials said the issue isn’t on any upcoming agendas but could be discussed after the election.

4 comments

  • shawn

    THIS IS BULL YOU SHULD READ YOUR BIBLE IT TELLS YOU NOT TO JUDGE ANYONE IF YOU WOULD MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS YOU WOULD NOT HAVE TIME TO MIND OTHERS. THATS ALL I NEED TO SAY

  • charles D. Hedgecock

    The problem is a little bit more complicated than just ugly front yards and front porches, because many that own the junk and other un-sitely items may not in fact own the property and may be renters. The question is how do you fine the renters, when they already many of them are on welfare and foodstamps and otherwise would be homeless if they didn’t have the low cost of the rent at where they are living. And so, how do you fine the owners who do not own the junk or the tall grass and weeds? Is that constitutional? Also, it’s a known fact, that people that rent and do not own the property where they live, do not take care of it as well as those that own their property;;just look at the City Public housing projects;;for example. Also, many of the people that have the unsightly items on their porches and front yards just may not be able to do any better right now with the economy being what it is;;and you have to ask the question, would adding another fee which acts as another tax be just another burden on people that are already down in dumps, so to speak. Could this eyesore, not be worsened by the bad economic times that have put so many people in poverty;;especially now with almost 50% our citizens on public assistance?
    So, to all you folks complaining and moaning, including the Media, about the unsightlyness of couches on front porches, and cars kicked to the curb, tall grass etc etc, should perhaps think twice before adding to the woes of those that can least afford it. Just look at Detroit, Mich, that declared Bankruptcy recently. The City 25 years ago, was a bustling buzzing city of over 2 million tax paying residents and now it barely has 500 thousand and still losing residents. The city has reduced services so that now they have only skeleton crews running the Police and Fire Departments. Also, the city has had to re-possess so many homes for un-paid fees and taxes that it now can not demolish, raze and haul away fast enough to keep the packs of stray dogs from taking up residents in them. There are estimated now 50 to 100 thousand wild dogs roaming the city and people are getting bit at an alarming rates. And the City does not have the funds to deal effectively with the crisis. I’m pointing this out to indicate what can happen to a city, that loses it’s manufacturing base;;;the Auto Industry;;and the city does a poor job managing it’s reduced citizen tax base;;;That’s what’s happened to Detroit, and may be extreme but it can happen anywhere. Before the city runs out and adds another fine or fee which is a tax, it should think twice;;it may be getting to the point where people just don’t have the funds anymore to pay all the rising taxes and fees;;and just look at how all these Federal, State and City and County taxes have added up over the past 8 years;;;and none of these groups want to hear that just maybe it’s getting to where the people don’t have any more extra money. Detroit, is lucky in that the Federal Government is going to assist them with a $300,000, 000 ‘bailout’ but that’s another burden on the American taxpayers. And where does it all end? with our nation now owing China and other nations over $17Trillions of dollars? It is indeed, very sad.

  • VICKIE

    FOR ONE I DIDNT REFUSED TO TALK TI FOX 8 I JUST DIDNT WANT TO BE ON TV FOR TWO IT IS HARD TO KEEP YOUR PORCH CLEAN IF YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND IS NOT ABLE TO WALK AND DO THING LIKE YOU USED TOO AND THREE I DONT SEE HOW YOU CAN PUT SOMETHING ON TV WITHOUT THE OWNER OK AND FOUR IT MY BUSINESS WHAT I WANT ON MY PORCH THANK YOU

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