Rolesville homeowners protest with a forest of 'for sale' signs
Posted September 15, 2008 3:34 p.m. EDT
Updated September 15, 2008 7:39 p.m. EDT
Rolesville, N.C. — Homeowners in one Rolesville subdivision have turned 'for sale by owner' signs into a protest of a proposed school bus route.
The Hampton Pointe homeowners' association would not allow homeowners to put up signs decrying plans to extend a dead-end road to a new middle school in order to create a bus route.
Instead, homeowners put up nearly 30 "for sale" signs throughout the neighborhood, hoping to catch a few eyes.
"If you pulled into a neighborhood and saw everybody's house was up for sale, would you not wonder why?" Hampton Pointe resident Sandi Kozar said.
Kozar said homeowners were surprised when they heard about plans to make Pristine Lane the main access road to Rolesville Middle School. The school is being built on Burlington Mills Road, near U.S. Highway 401.
"That means every day of the year, there'll be 30 buses passing up and down this road, two houses away, every morning and afternoon," Kozar said.
The developer refused to comment when asked if it informed residents of the issue. A representative said the developer does not comment on neighborhood issues.
Mayor Frank Eagles said the Wake County Public School System began work on an alternative route after school planners met with homeowners in mid-August.
"I have to defend Wake County schools in that they rose to the occasion," Eagles said.
The proposed alternative would route all buses onto Burlington Mills – meaning "no buses will be going through this subdivision," Eagles said.
WCPSS officials said they are awaiting final approval for the new plan from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Hampton Pointe homeowners said that until they see the solution in writing, their new lawn decorations will stay up.
"We've heard that, but we haven't seen anything to indicate that," Kozar said.