August 30, 2014

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North Ridgeville looks to curb ‘yard art’

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — City Council is looking to rein in yard art.

Council is considering an amendment to a city law addressing outdoor residential property that would limit excessive lawn displays.

Councilwoman Bernadine Butkowski, R-at large, introduced the measure, which would restrict displays of permanent, nonholiday lawn ornaments or other items to 25 percent of the front or side yards.

The proposed yard-display limits come in response to complaints by residents in certain areas of the city about what they believe are yard displays of items that go overboard.

Butkowski declined to identify any specific properties but said the number of yards targeted by the measure is relatively few.

“It’s a small number of homes in different areas of town that have had this issue for a number of years,” Butkowski said. “These are instances in which people junk up their yard with everything, with whatever they think looks nice. They make the yard look messy and unattractive.”

The ordinance would not target landscaping or anything natural such as trees or shrubs.

The proposed amendment, which will be discussed 4 p.m. Thursday by Council’s Buildings and Lands Committee at North Ridgeville City Hall, could end up including items such as statuary, birdbaths, furniture, garden ornaments, large rocks or boulders and permanently parked vehicles.

Imposing limits on how much of a person’s yard can be taken up with displays is not intended to be restrictive, Butkowski said.

“We have to be reasonable,” she said. “When 25 percent of your yard is covered with things, it’s time to stop. We’re just trying to protect everybody.”

Butkowski said she was unaware of any instances in which such displays had led to serious problems between neighbors.

Areas of the city where such displays are not found include major developments such as Meadow Lakes and Waterbury, where they are regulated by homeowners associations.

Properties with too much displayed in their yards over long periods of time could also tend to lead to reduced property values “or problems when people try to sell their houses,” Butkowski said.

Councilman Robert Olesen, R-4th Ward, who chairs the Buildings and Lands Committee, agreed there are a number of properties in the city that have brought complaints from neighbors.

“Some yards have been built up under the ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure idea,’ ” Olesen said. “Where the problem lies are people who just put out too much in their lawns. Things rust and deteriorate and nobody moves them.”

So far, holiday decorations aren’t included in the legislation, but the discussion Thursday could include whether to target extreme ones. That, however, seems unlikely, Butkowski said.

“I don’t think anybody is going to bother those displays,” Butkowski said.

Next meeting

The proposed amendment will be discussed 4 p.m. Thursday by Council’s Buildings and Lands Committee at North Ridgeville City Hall.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.

  • Sarah Boesger

    What the hell is the point of being a property owner if you can’t put whatever you want in your yard? This is what you need to be paying attention to, people. This is the slippery slope they’ve been warning you about.

    • TheDon Corleone

      Bout time they cleaned up that disgusting city.

      They need to pass a law that makes it legal to kill all cats as well.

  • Connie Douglas

    if you want to go around telling home owners what they can and cant do then you need to pay their property tax and or mortgage payment…..

    • TheDon Corleone

      typical scum. clean your filthy yard connie.

  • Wilma Toth

    Tell those new uppies invading the city to shut up. If I want limitiations on what I can do in my own yard than I would live in a crappy association.

    • Uppie in Ridgeville

      Wow. Way to label all the people that are moving into the newer neighborhoods in Ridgeville!!! I would think it is a great thing to see families moving in instead of out. I am one of those individuals that live in a newer development (and quite honestly, I am nowhere near what you would consider an “uppie”, so you should really stop generalizing) and I could care less what you do with your lawn. If you want it to look like a junk yard, by all means, keep on keeping on.

      • Mary Eckenrode

        No offense to new comers…..but this city was awesome 23 years ago when I moved in from Cleveland. Country, quiet, no 5 o’clock grid lock of traffic on Center Ridge Rd. Thought I would stay here forever. No. Gone asap. Too many people now.

  • Bonnie Pickett

    I notice a yard on Chestnut Ridge that is an eyesore and I always think that the neighbors property values have to be much lower than they should be due to the enormous amount of yard art. If I lived next door to that I would be excited to see an ordinance like this passed. This house is very extreme – I think there may be family members that would like an excuse to clean it up. There are others that look like hoarders with massive junk collected and as long as they keep it away from the street, I don’t see the problem. Most cities have some sort of ordinance to keep people from going to the extreme – some live in the country on an acreage to get away from the regulations.

    • It has to stop

      Normally I would think this would be just another intrusion by the Government. With that being said I do know had I been living in a home most of my life just to have someone move in next to me and have their yard so full of crap I would not be happy.
      Bonnie I know exactly what home you are talking about on Chestnut. If anyone thinks that house and their decorations are nice looking then your probably the person that houses 100 cats also.

  • A Former Ranger

    For real? What about limiting the amount of small animals that Barry can kill?
    So validates why I don’t live in NR. Do I miss it, sure do but not enough to let the local gov’t embarrass me at my tax dollar expense.

    • Spec440

      Jesus. That ship has sailed. Way to contribute something worthwhile though. Thanks.

  • Mary Eckenrode

    Let the city pay my outrageous property taxes, to live in this crap hole, and then they can do what they want with the yard. You have to have a permit for a garage sale. Permit for a fire. Permit to plant a tree. Permit to breathe next!!!! Unbelievable. I was informed by Barry that my invisible fence that I paid 1200.00 for was not entirely acceptable to keep my dogs from running to edge of fence and barking at passer bys???? I could still get into trouble because stupid people walk their dogs and let them walk in my ditch. Just to aggravate my dogs. And one particular jogger…..continuous circle…..11 times past my house!!!!!! Aggravating my dogs. My dogs protect their territory. But are restricted to leave their territory. If you don’t like them, WALK SOMEWHERE ELSE! AND JOG ANOTHER ROUTE!!! HOW BORING!!!! 11 TIMES THE SAME CIRCLE! Unbelievable!!!!

    • mj

      sounds like someone is cranky and needs a nap. The nerve that people walk past your house. The jogger, lets shoot him with a bb gun until he gets the idea. The idea that anyone would inconvenience you and your poor dogs. He has no right to jog on a public street, HOW DARE HE! I suggest collecting as much yard “art” as possible so that no one in their right mind would come near your house. Of course its all the young disrespectful hardworking new families that are moving in the area fault. They are so rotten while infusing the city with revenue. The idea that NR could be a great family community with families and pets and heaven forbid people that care about exercise and health.

  • Guest

    I grew up in North Ridgeville when it was a quiet, peaceful, rural area. Where everybody knew almost everybody. Before the $150,000/house developments were being built for the “invaders” from Westlake, Bay, Avon Lake, etc that didn’t want to pay the high tax rates. Nowadays, these folks have turned N.R. into those kinds of yuppie communities and still don’t want to pay the taxes to support local schools or government.
    You don’t like our tractors, horses, cornfields, cow pastures, dive bars or lawn decorations? Go back to those communities where they have your BMWs, manicured lawns, stuffy restaurants and martini bars.

    • TheDon Corleone

      North Ridgeville is a city full of rejects and morons and feral cats.

      • icu

        and that’s why you are my neighbor? lol I live here and love it.

  • Chipper

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    I grew up in North Ridgeville when it was a quiet, peaceful, rural area. Where everybody knew almost everybody. Before the $150,000/house developments were being built for the “invaders” from Westlake, Bay, Avon Lake, etc that didn’t want to pay the high tax rates. Nowadays, these folks have turned N.R. into those kinds of yuppie communities and still don’t want to pay the taxes to support local schools or government.
    You don’t like our tractors, horses, cornfields, cow pastures, dive bars or lawn decorations? Go back to those communities where they have your BMWs, manicured lawns, stuffy restaurants and martini bars.

  • Robert Loggia

    North Communist Russia

  • Puma

    Don’t they have anything better to do than “dictate” how people should keep their lawn ornaments?? Waste of freakin time and resources!

  • Chuck

    What will you think when its something in your yard or on you house that someone dosent like and they want to restrict it? I do understand to a point about trash in the yards and property values but people should remember this time its
    the neighbours. Next time it could be you.

  • tina

    North Ridgeville hasn’t brought enough bad publicity to this city now they are starting this crap! I agree, pay my taxes!!! This city has entirely to much time on their hands! Lets target the police department. I want to know why I have to see three police cars within a one mile radius?? Tell the city officials to leave us alone! Although my yard is very kept, and i have under the regulated amount of things, Its my business! MY YARD< MY PROPERTY!!!

    • TheDon Corleone

      North Ridgeville- scum ville

  • Mary

    Why aren’t we using our resources for something more important? The drug problem in our city and others is out of control. Let’s use our time and money for something a little more important than what I put in my yard. If I want to be told how to keep my house/yard, I’d move to a development and pay association fees for them to tell me how to live. I choose to live there. Geez ! What next.

    • TheDon Corleone

      Another typical North Ridgeville reject. WE WANT T O KEEP OUR YARDS TRASHY! WE WANT TO HAVE TONS OF FERAL CATS EVERYWHERE!

      Shut your face Mary you pig.

  • ken mcbee

    i say let the n.r animal warden take care of this…..

  • mary

    I have a more worthwhile amendment. Any new development cannot be graded any higher than existing houses adjoing the new development. Theres numerous examples of new developments being graded 3-4 ft higher. All this does is flood out existing residences. Guess existing residents dont matter to the city. All they want is Developer kickbacks

  • NoJameth

    N.Ridgeville…swiftly becoming Elyria Light

  • Don Grantzki

    Nice to see the city has it’s priorities correct.
    At least they aren’t concerned with the flooding
    that has become an annual event in the northern
    precincts.
    Perhaps if we could get the dimwits in Washington
    to show the same concern for the plight of our own citizens by
    addressing getting the rain water to flow into Lake Erie in lieu of their homes,
    that they do for whomever is going to end up ruling that patch of sand called Syria, they then could make more sense out of restrictions on one’s own property decor.

  • Johnathen Hopkins

    I miss North Ridgeville as a child in the 80′s. I couldn’t deal with it anymore it’s so corrupt and they killed the farm town feel. Every time I go on here I’m glad I moved to Florida.