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Ordinance Designed to Clean Up Sampson Yards

Posted March 14, 2007

— Trashy yards could lead to big fines for Sampson County residents after the Board of Commissioners passed a public nuisance ordinance.

Property owners in unincorporated areas of the county whose lots contain trash, industrial waste or junked vehicles will face a $100 fine for a first offense. A second violation will result in a $200 fine, and subsequent offenses could lead to $500 fines or 30 days in jail.

The ordinance takes effect March 31, and property owners will get a warning before citations are issued, officials said.


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  • Steve Crisp Mar 15, 2007

    And I quote Thomas Jefferson from the Declaration of Independence:

    But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

    Hence the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

  • Sonny Mar 14, 2007

    If the board of commissioners want to ban things in people's yards, they should ban flower gardens, cement bird baths, and those big brick driveway entry markers. To me these things are so ugly they hurt my eyes. Let's pass a law against them. And while we're at it, let's pass a law banning ball games on television. I don't like to watch ball games... See, I had ya'll going. I guess it's OK to pass laws against the things other people like as long as it doesn't step on your own toes. I am a car guy. I live in the country about 10 miles from the nearest town. I have several old cars and trucks that I work on, fix up, and eventually drive. I love 50's rides. Now I'm not getting rid of "my" cars in "my" yard just because somebody with a flower garden, a bird bath, and a fancy brick driveway marker in his yard rides by my house at about 60 mph and just don't like the view. I say you should lock up real criminals. 30 days in jail because you don't like my yard ? Wow!

  • Samman Mar 14, 2007

    I agree with RDUTEC. Our government tells us to much we can and can't do now. Remember your government is supposed to work for you.

  • RBMan Mar 14, 2007

    I don't care what they do INSIDE their house. Once they bring it into the yard, it affects others.

    They are part of a community and if they chose not to show others any consideration, I am fine with dinging their wallet until they do.

  • RDUTEC Mar 14, 2007

    I put this in the same boat with home owners associations. I hate them.

    Even though I take pride in keeping my yard looking nice and clean, I don't think anyone should be able to tell anyone else what they can and cannot do with their own yards. If they want to live like pigs, hold your nose and ignore it.