10/9/2012 3:07 PM
by Heidi Moore
Do you have junk just laying around on your front lawn? If you do and live in Fayetteville you might want to clean up your yard, or risk paying a fine.
For health and safety reasons the town of Fayetteville is now enforcing an ordinance that says residents must keep abandoned cars, appliances and furniture off their lawns. Fayetteville police are patrolling the town looking for offenders. This is an effort to keep the city of Fayetteville clean and safe. Yards cluttered with appliances and broken down cars hurt property values and can be a safety hazard and property owners could have to pay a small fine for a first offense and up to a $500 fine for continued offenses.
Fayetteville Mayor James Akers says this is not a new ordinance.
"We have an ordinance on the book with this, but we're putting more teeth into it so we can really enforce it. It includes appliances and abandoned washing machines, dryers and so forth and vehicles. We have a lot of vehicles just sitting around in people's yards not even licensed and we get a lot of complaints about that." Akers said.
If you are concerned about a neighbors property or wish to report an infraction the town urges you to contact them.