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Some cars banned from parking on Roanoke Rapids’ lawns

Posted May 1, 2008 6:08 p.m. EDT
Updated May 2, 2008 8:10 a.m. EDT

— Town leaders said they are trying to clean up the image of Roanoke Rapids with a law to stop parked cars on front lawns (within 13 ½ feet of the curb), but some residents aren’t on-board with the idea.

Charles Taylor, who has parked his car in his front yard for 10 years, said he and many others have received warnings to stop. Fellow Roanoke Rapids resident Shawn Garner works on cars in his front yard all the time.

“They just find another excuse to get money,” Garner said.

Police Chief Jeff Hinton said, since the law was passed, the city has only given out warnings and is working with people to find new places to park. There is no timetable for when the city will start issuing fines, he said. Once they do, fines will probably be about $50.

Some residents said they believe the new law will spruce up the city's look.

“I would think it would be a good thing. It would keep people from messing with vehicles at night,” Dennis Edwards said.

Parked cars on front lawns has also been an issue in Raleigh.

A current proposal would limit parking to paved surfaces in the front yard, or surfaces with a minimum of 4 inches of crushed stone. Currently, the code allows residents to park on up to 40 percent of their front lawns.

The city council first started a new parking code enforcement more than five years ago.