Neighborhood Kids

Discussion in 'Off-topic' started by cbp0229, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. cbp0229

    cbp0229 Member

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    Right next door to my house, I have an empty lot that belongs to the homeowner's association. It's a fairly big (wide open) space and the neighborhood kids like to gather there to play football. The problem is that they are way too loud... cussing and everything else. Every once in a while, a fight will break out and spill into my yard and one time it spilled over into my back porch. They were knocking my trash cans over and slamming each other up against my house. Of course I called the police and they scattered once officers arrived. They are so loud, I can't even concentrate inside my own house sometimes... that's how loud they are!

    I am now heavily involved in my neighborhood watch association and the home owners association board has said they don't want the kids playing over there anymore... yet I can't get them to put up No Trespassing signs or turn the empty lot in a green space with trees/bushes, etc. It's getting really annoying. We had some local police officers involved in the watch program but now every time we call them, they are no longer available.

    I do call the police (non-emergency #) every time they show up to play football or baseball and the officers do a excellent job of running them off, but if I can get the board on the association to do something with the land, my life would be so much easier. I wouldn't mind that the kids played over there if they weren't so loud and stayed off my property. I'm not trying to be a grumpy old Grinch or anything but this is getting ridiculous. The same kids keep coming back they were previously ran off. Thanks for letting me vent :)
     
  2. elandil

    elandil Redneck Engineer

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    Simple.

    Pull aside a member of the board, and kindly remind them that if one of the kids gets hurt over there, in this day and time the parents would most likely sue, and since the HOA board is the property owner, that means the board would have to pay.

    Of course, if it's HOA property, and you are a member of the HOA, then technically the land belongs to you and every other member. Including the parents of the kids.
     

  3. rmodel65

    rmodel65 Yukon Cornelius

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    put out poison ivy :twisted: jp dont do that...i guess just keep calling the police maybe you can have the police trespass them??
     
  4. atlsrt44

    atlsrt44 Well-Known Member

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    get on the board
     
  5. drtybykr

    drtybykr New Member

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  6. gruntpain1775

    gruntpain1775 New Member

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  7. CountryGun

    CountryGun New Member

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    Plant it in Bitter Orange!
    The thorns are about two inches long.
     
  8. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke New Member

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    video camera- get close ups of each of the kids faces and audio of their activities. Distribute copies to all the parents and the HOA including information on the various laws they are breaking. Include a note that next time you will ask police to charge the kids for the crimes (16-11-39, 16-7-21 and whatever else you can think of). Anonymous or not, your choice.

    Maybe the parents will decide they need to do some parenting
     
  9. BSCLibertarian

    BSCLibertarian I'm kind of a big deal

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    Grab one of them and beat the crap out of him in front of all his friends. IANAL




    :righton:
     
  10. futureusr

    futureusr A Typical Cat

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    This seems the most likely to inspire the HOA. Lacking that, perhaps permission from the HOA to keep a large dog chained in the lot.
     
  11. 45_Fan

    45_Fan Well-Known Member

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    1. Put up a sturdy fence if your HOA will let you do so.
    2. Install deterrent foliage. Hardy, low maintenance, and 2-3" thorns work well.
    3. Get to know your HOA board and work on a special park project. Be ready to contribute money if the budget is tight.
    4. Run for the HOA board and attempt step 3 until successful. Include dawn to dusk signage.
    5. Move to a location where you can put a barrier wall around your 100 acres and be left completely alone.

    Step 3 above requires at least 3 different drawings and sets of quotes for something that will add value to the community. Exercise equipment, playground, off-street parking, or benches, picnic tables, and grills come to mind, though a community farming plot would also accomplish a similar goal. There may also be an opportunity to constrain the guest to resident ratio without HOA approval, but that only matters if the majority of the problem does not live in the community.

    If they are breaking noise ordinances and trespassing, call the police. Work with other affected neighbors to have them call as well. The squeaky wheel gets the attention.

    Unfortunately, you are already in the annoy-off battle. You win by making it more annoying for that to be a hang-out spot or altering your property to limit the annoyances that reach you. Keep it clean and keep it legal. Understand that the other parties might not share either constraint so plan (and budget) accordingly. If it escalates to vandalism and destruction of property, good cameras would go a long way.
     
  12. Mrs_Esterhouse

    Mrs_Esterhouse Swollen Member

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    :righton:
     
  13. hkdave

    hkdave New Member

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    plant something thorny
     
  14. RickN

    RickN New Member

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    Borrow one of those remote controlled shotguns from the other article.
     
  15. ZTC

    ZTC Member

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    Start sun bathing nude! Then put on Daisy Duke's and go join in on the football game! Be really friendly!
     
  16. commodore_dude

    commodore_dude Active Member

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    Surprised nobody has suggested

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  17. EJR914

    EJR914 Cheezburger Operator

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    Dangit, you beat me to it commodore dude!
     
  18. Puffyfish

    Puffyfish New Member

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    Bout the only thing left is a moat filled with water and sharks. [​IMG]