After losing litigation ‘junk’ opinion changes

Dear editor:

This week my ongoing dispute with the City of Rockdale ended in court with a guilty verdict.

My company has been fined and forced to build a fence to screen my property from US 79.

After 20 years in business it is determined by the city, not the state, that I run an illegal junk yard.

Trucks, trailers, propane tanks, steel and even my business trucks were deemed junk by the city.

I understand the city’s cleanup efforts and projects to meet this goal but is another big steel fence going to improve Rockdale’s image?

The items I retail and collect may be unsightly but are not junk. As a taxpayer, citizen and business man I feel this is an unnecessary way to solve this problem.

As a last effort to screen the property in a non-permanent way I chose to use my semi-trailers to block the view but in court they were classified as junk too.

So now it is determined by six jurors and three city officials my business, house and everything I own is junk.

I plan to build the fence as required with no appeal to meet the requirements.

Now after being told what my profession really is by the elected officials of the city I intend to pursue this venture with all efforts because I have a different opinion of what junk really is.


Richie Thrasher

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