Raleigh Leaders Warn College Students Not To Violate Ordinances
Posted August 29, 2006 6:48 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — At some residences on Brent Road on Thursday, trash was not in garbage cans and cars were parked on the grass. Both are violations of Raleigh city ordinances.
"I had no idea it was illegal. I knew it was on the sidewalks but I didn't know it was illegal to park on the grass," said North Carolina State University student Matthew Craig.
More than 24,000 N.C. State students live off campus. Now, the city of Raleigh wants to make sure new and returning students know the rules.
For the first time, the city will distribute more than 3,000 pamphlets to apartment complexes and landlords in West Raleigh. The pamphlets outline everything from the city's noise ordinance to parking regulations.
"We want to be proactive," said Raleigh City Manager Russell Allen. "There needs to be a reminder when they are focused on school or otherwise what it means to be a good neighbor."
The pamphlet is the only warning for residents. City leaders said there will be no grace period. If they see a violation, a tenant or landlord will be fined.
Councilman Thomas Crowder, who represents the area around N.C. State, said the latest push is a reminder that not knowing won't be an excuse.
The city will also try to get the word out to Shaw and St. Augustine students. A member of PMG, a local group of property managers, said the group would help disseminate the information but said they also think it's unfair for the city to target students.