Math teacher Charged With Having A Front Yard Garden In Memphis
|Adam Guerrero's Front Yard Garden|
Adam Guerrero was given a citation that suggested his garden was violating city ordinances 48-38 and 48-87,
Sec. 48-38 - Failure to remove personal property
It shall be unlawful for any owner of personal property to fail or refuse to comply with the orders of the manager
of housing and code enforcement to remove from the premises abandoned vehicles, appliances, vehicle parts and/
or any other piece or pieces of personal property if such personal property is dangerous to the public health, safety
or welfare; or creates an unsightly condition upon such property tending to reduce the value thereof; or is a
nuisance; or invites plundering; or promotes urban blight and deterioration in the community; or creates a fire
hazard; or violates the zoning regulations of the city.
(Ord. No. 4232, 1-4-94)
Sec. 48-87 - To be maintained in clean and sanitary condition
All exterior property areas shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition free from any accumulation of
rubbish or garbage.
(Ord. No. 4232, 1-4-94)
This citation was upheld in the Shelby County Environmental Court, and Adam was ordered to remove his garden. He is ordered back to court on September 23rd to prove he has followed the order.
Minneapolis does it's website says"City Ordinance requires that your bin be placed at least one foot from any property line, and 20 feet from any habitable building other than your own home. It must be in some type of bin". On Minneapolis's website it actually describes how to start composting and describes an option as using wire fence as a bin (this is what we did). It seems to me what they are most concerned with is the composting drawing pests, but it looks to me like he is actually following the city code we have in Minneapolis (unless his bins are to close to buildings or property lines which is hard to tell). The fact that his bins are covered should make it very unlikely to have any issues of smells or pests. The neighbors other complaint was that Adam's cat sits on the hood of their car and scratches it.....that's another issue altogether.
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Slide Show of Adam's Garden and the Kids
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