This is a very poor community, for the most part. There are a lot of houses that are old and not well maintained and the residents seem to have little pride. It’s a very old community and there are pockets of nicer, newer homes, or even older homes that are maintained but it’s definitely hit or miss around here. There are plenty of houses with junk and abandoned cars sitting around. The town has a code enforcement officer and I do feel bad for him. No one wants to see him coming. I’m sure some people are downright rude to him. It’s a job I would never want to have.
There are all kinds of codes he is responsible for enforcing – trash, unsightly structures (which I think could mean needing painting or falling down), but the one that always concerned me was the one dealing with weeds. If you have “A” weed that’s taller than 8″, you can get stuck with a code violation (red tag!). You can honestly have a weed in your flower bed, or a weed that grew up by your mail box post and the weed whacker missed it and you could get a red tag. It’s a red card on a post and it’s stuck out in front of your house. I never got one but I think you have so many days to fix it, let the city know, the inspector comes back and removes the tag. I’m not sure if there’s a fine if you fix it or if you get a fine only if you don’t fix it within the allotted time.
We would have times in the summer when it would rain for days and days and I would be saying “Vince, you HAVE to cut the grass!” and he would say “It’s too wet!” and I would say “We’re going to get a red tag” and he honestly didn’t care. I would have been horribly humiliated.
Vince moved to Texas in May and I stayed til August so that meant I was responsible for avoiding red tags. I was so careful to cut the grass and keep the weeds trimmed. One day . . the red tag man drove up. Someone had turned me in for a violation. He said “Do you mind if I walk around?” Even though no one lived behind us, he walked all around and found nothing.
Simply because of the red tag man, I would never live in the city limits here again . . and if I have my way, will not live in the city limits anywhere. I don’t want those kinds of rules and headaches. My preference is to live where I can’t see what anyone else is doing and have no nosy neighbors looking for a weed in my yard that has grown to a bit over 8″. Everyone is different but living that close to people is just not how I think I was meant to live.
I do understand that when you spend what you spend on your home, you don’t want a pile of trash or a yard with weeds 2 feet high next door . . I just hope I never live close enough to anyone else that my yard is a problem for them or their yard is a problem for me.