An ordinance intended to keep people from discarding trash on roads will also prohibit residents from rolling portable basketball goals onto local streets.
Troutman's Board of Aldermen adopted the ordinance Dec. 10 prohibiting "unnecessary" obstructions on town streets or any right-of-way.
Under the terms of the law, which went into effect immediately, the town has the right to require "the person who has placed or maintains an obstruction, in violation of this section, to remove the obstruction and repair or restore the right-of-way within a reasonable period of time."
The town also may remove the obstruction and charge the expense to the homeowner or the person who originally placed or maintained it.
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Around the country, many communities have adopted rules banning basketball goals in streets. Communities in Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, among others, have outlawed putting basketball goals in the street during the past several years. Many of the local ordinances emphasize safety as their primary concern.
Also at the December meeting:
Alderman Scott Feimster was honored at his final meeting as a board member. Feimster lost to newcomer Curtis Rogers in November. He was originally appointed to the board in February 2005, then elected to full four-year term the following November.
"When I first came on the board, I needed to duck," Feimster said. "Today I leave with my head held high."
Feimster will continue to serve as the board's liaison on the town's technical review committee.
Habitat for Humanity officials announced they are modifying their Neighborhood Revitalization "Brush with Kindness" Program by undertaking more exterior repairs. Until now, the program has concentrated on interior repairs to a limited number of homes.
"We need your help to identify homes and neighborhoods where our new, more visible initiative can be implemented," said Executive Director Scott Loudermelt. Board members agreed to provide information for the program.
The board approved a $6,000 contract with Global Solutions of Mooresville to determine the feasibility of establishing a Troutman-Lake Norman Business Park near Houston Road, just east of I-77. The contract calls for Global to summarize land cost information, outline possible barriers to the project, highlight obstacles to the success of the park, establish a timeline for the project and make final recommendations on how to "jump start" the development.
"Essentially, we need to know whether there is a market for the business park," Town Manager David Saleeby said.