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Residents voice concerns over proposal to ban items left in street

Posted August 4, 2010

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— Dozens of Holly Springs residents voiced their concerns Tuesday to council members over a potential ban on items left in streets overnight.

The ban would include items like basketball hoops, mulch, bicycles and hockey goals.

Mayor Dick Sears said the town is only considering the ban after hearing residents complain that such items pose safety risks.

Other residents still expressed concerns.

"It seems like issues, with people leaving things in the street, if that is the real issue, than that really needs to be dealt with on a neighbor to neighbor basis, or homeowners association. It is not really up to the city to be parenting our children,” Holly Springs resident Alisa Haggard said.

Council members insist that no final decision has been made on the issue.

 

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  • cocker_mom Aug 4, 2010

    No - I don't expect kids to skateboard in the grass - but we have sidewalks, and they have driveways to practice jumps and whatever other maneuvers they are trying to perfect. None wear helmets. One of them wipes out and cracks their head open on a neighbor's steep driveway and guess who gets sued? and they seem to congregate on the main road in and out of the neighborhood - NOT in a cul de sac where that kind of play is pretty much expected.

    Kids will play in the street - always have, always will - but what I see - they seem to be playing in TRAFFIC and that's a different issue. It's simply asking for bad things to happen.

  • Adelinthe Aug 4, 2010

    mominhs - "At its July 20 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council encouraged the town attorney to draft an ordinance restricting recreation on roads."

    If that's the truth, I'd be outraged too.

    Kids have played in streets since streets were implemented, and if the cities weren't approving houses on postage stamps, it would be happening less and less.

    God bless.

    RB

  • Reeg Aug 4, 2010

    mominhs, I didn't see that article, but, I can understand if it was true how troublesome it would be for us. The minutes from the referenced July 20th meeting have not been posted yet, but, I will be reviewing to confirm the description provided in the newspaper. You can check it out on the town's website.

  • mominhs Aug 4, 2010

    To Reeg...below is a portion of an article that appeared in our local newspaper:
    "A law against shooting baskets, hitting pucks, kicking goals and more on public streets soon may be in place. At its July 20 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council encouraged the town attorney to draft an ordinance restricting recreation on roads. The council is to discuss the ordinance at its next meeting."

    This is why parents/residents are outraged.

  • Goalieman Aug 4, 2010

    I live in Holly Springs and my kids play in a quite cul-de-sac. When cars come in or out, the kids respectively move out of the way and then start playing again.

    I agree that there is not much room for the kids to play, especially things like street hockey (hence the name), basketball (basketballs do not bounce well on grass), and roller blade (grass will stop you and damage your wheels with dirt). There needs to be areas they can do these things. Problem is, the HOA's think more about beautification than areas for the kids.

    We have requested basketball courts and concrete pads for these very issues but the HOA Board says it will attract unwanted people. Really? Not if the residents monitor it!!!

    Other than that, if you don't live in HS, do what people tell me to do. Stay out of our business!...LOL (I do hear that a lot!)

  • Reeg Aug 4, 2010

    It appears people are not reading the proposed suggestion. It is to remove items left overnight, not children playing during the day. Now if your children are playing hockey at 3:00am, well thats an entirely different issue. I also live in Holly Springs, when my children are done playing... toys, bike etc are brought in. I think most people can agree that usually it is a few extreme cases that cause for such proposed changes and unfortunately the people who do the right thing are caught in the middle.

  • Adelinthe Aug 4, 2010

    "It seems like issues, with people leaving things in the street, if that is the real issue, than that really needs to be dealt with on a neighbor to neighbor basis, or homeowners association. It is not really up to the city to be parenting our children,” Holly Springs resident Alisa Haggard said.

    Yeah lady, but if bicycles, basketball hoops and hockey goals are being found in the streets (and they clearly are hence this proposal), then someone isn't doing good parenting.

    Kids are humans, not plants; they learn by example and teaching, not by osmosis.

    Teach your kids to be good citizens starting with potty training, not when they enter teenage years and are harder to handle.

    God bless.

    RB

  • 6079 SMITH W Aug 4, 2010

    Why would they stop approving neighborhoods with huge houses on tiny, unplayable lots? That is the prime directive of Holly Springs, Inc.....to pack as many of these McMansions as possible within their sovereign borders to increase the tax base. Half a million dollars will buy you a nice secluded lot out in the country, with a very nice dwelling to boot.......and no town gestapo.

  • awr117 Aug 4, 2010

    "We have some kids that skateboard up and down others driveways and are constantly in the street"

    Do you expect a kid to skateboard in the grass? Maybe the city should fork out tax money for local skate parks?

  • ifgraceisanocean Aug 4, 2010

    Growing up we always played in the street...but we were also taught to be respectful. If there's a car coming...move out the way! It should be handled neighbor to neighbor. Let a kid be just that...a kid. But a parent needs to be a parent and watch their kids and teach them that respect. The HOA can't help with that.

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