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Rules and regulations needed in community

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    I have been following the many responses that you have published in the paper regarding the city councilmen’s discussion on how to handle the problem of people parking on their front lawns. This situation has increased in older neighborhoods, as former residents either die or move, and are being bought up by investors from out of town or local realtors. Many of these homes, at least in my neighborhood, are being rented out to university students who own from three to four cars and who have friends who visit regularly.
    A number of the homeowners from Edgewood and Greenwood subdivisions visited the city council meeting, at their invitation, to express our concerns about the situation. Many of us have lived in our homes for 40 years or more and, although we welcomed the young people to our neighborhoods, we requested that the city lay down some rules for us all to live by.
    The council’s response has been one that reflects good judgment and intelligence. They have given themselves time to explore how other university communities around Georgia have handled  the problem. They have found that many of those communities have been able to set some limits and rules that are beneficial to all involved.
    As I have followed responses in the paper I have been taken aback by some of the logic people use to convince others that their rights are what is important. For instance several have suggested that those who oppose parking on lawns build fences or plant tall trees so they can’t see the ruined lawns! Others say, “Mind your own business.” One lady pulled at our heartstrings by saying that some families — who by the way had four or five cars — could not afford to build driveways to hold that many cars, and did not have enough room in the back yards to park.
    I do not want to be unsympathetic to other peoples’ problems. On the other hand, I know that we are a community and not separate individuals who are to be given cart blanch permission to “do as we please.” That is not how a community functions. A ruling will be made. Let’s all hope and pray that our city council will have the community’s best interest in mind when they do so, not the interest of a few politically-placed people or those who think that because Statesboro is a small community that rules aren’t needed and don’t need to exist.
Claire Krissinger
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