HALIFAX COUNTY, N.C. — Halifax County officials hope to fence in unsightly junkyards near highways, but the proposal has already lined up plenty of opponents.
A proposed Halifax County ordinance will require junk and salvage yards to block unsightly views with a fence or vegetation. Last summer, the Halifax County commissioners took the ordinance off the table because of objections from business owners.
Buddy Powell's salvage yard has been around for nearly 50 years. He said he does not like the county telling him what to do with his property, when just across the street, a crumbling building goes ignored.
"If they want to clean up this county, they need to clean up a lot of things other than junk yards, garages and so forth," he said.
The county insists the real issue is health and safety.
"If the junkyard is not secure, you could have children playing and getting trapped inside a refrigerator, for example, or cutting themselves on metal or glass or whatever is out there," Halifax County Manager Tony Brown said.
Halifax County commissioners will hold a public hearing before voting on the ordinance at its Monday meeting.