Grass clippings angering neighbors

Red Springs might have to act

By Gabrielle Isaac -

John McNeill

Neil Yarborough

RED SPRINGS — One freshly cut, green-grassed lawn in Red Springs is making some residents red with anger.

The Red Springs Board of Commissioners said a resident had been violating a town ordinance for years by allowing their grass clippings to spill into the streets. The unnamed resident, according to Mayor John McNeill, was angering neighbors with the violation.

“This ordinance was created for one person,” McNeill said, referring to the resident. “One of those [neighbors] involved is daily contacting our code enforcer with photographs of the clippings.”

According to Chapter 2 of the town’s Code of Ordinances, the accumulation of grass clippings on public streets is a nuisance.

Neil Yarborough, the town’s attorney, said the property owner in question had been notified. According to the code, the property owner must stop causing the nuisance within 15 days after receiving a written notice. If they fail to comply, the person could be charged with a misdemeanor.

Yarborough said he hopes the property owner will comply voluntarily, but action will be taken if the nuisance persists.

In other business, the board:

— Added to a fence ordinance that anyone who has a fence that is falling apart must fix it or tear it down.

— Commended the town’s new code enforcer, Ernest Stephens, for his “excellent” work enforcing the ordinances in town.

— Heard from James Bennett, town manager, who said the USDA is requiring that bathrooms be included in the construction of the farmers market. The board will have to find $14,000 to pay for the construction of bathrooms in the structure. Bennett said the town staff would figure out where the money can be taken from and return with that information in September.

— Asked Yarborough to find out what North Carolina laws say about cemetery committees. McNeill said it was his understanding that a committee may not be necessary unless the town uses money from the sale of plots to pay for the upkeep of the grounds. The money from the sale of plots in Red Springs currently goes directly into the town’s General Fund.

John McNeill McNeill

Neil Yarborough Yarborough
Red Springs might have to act

By Gabrielle Isaac

Gabrielle Isaac can be reached at 910-816-1989 or on Twitter @news_gabbie.

Gabrielle Isaac can be reached at 910-816-1989 or on Twitter @news_gabbie.

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