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12/11/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Clean up Lazy Y-U Ranch

I live in Lazy Y-U and would like to know why it is ok for people to junk up their land? We bought here so we could live in a nice place and not have to look out our window and look at other people's junk!

Why doesn't the county do anything about this? They were even called, as I believe there is a business being run out of the very large metal building they put up. That is not allowed, either. From the looks of things we did not move far enough out of town. Mohave County, why don't you do something about this? I'm tired of looking at other people's junk! I'm hoping the Daily Miner will write a story about this matter, and would be very grateful if you did. Kingman and Lazy Y-U need to be cleaned up. Thank you.

Janet Hecker

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Article comment by: J H

I was here long before the the junk, and in lazy Y U there really are no fences, Maybe he should put up a fence and hide his junk, we should not have to spend money so as not to see what he has done since he moved in, the CC@R's state, NO METAL BUILDINGS, so why was it allowed ??? and why not but the junk inside the very LARGE eye sore????, so don't tell me to go back to Calif, you don't know where i am from, and if you don't live in Lazy Y U, it is not your business to comment. As far as moving you you don't understand, that most people looking to buy a house and see what we see don't want to buy into something like that,

Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Article comment by: Ours Not For Long!

Papa? Uncle?
You mean my brother, aka Dumbo Corp., won't be taking the REST of my stuff after all?

Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Article comment by: Lee Sopko

We love our land .i think maybe the family is good with the yard .maybe they are not thinking about who see the the extra stuff hanging out so we all can see.so let's be nice and ask if they would mind cleaning up a bit.? I do not know the family but a nice kind heart ,! Will. Help maybe thay need some extra hand to help with yard .please have a good heart and maybe they will clean up their yard . Just a lazy y u land owner

Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Article comment by: KDM online reader

How about an small block V8 engine being worked on a couch on the front porch! LOL! True story, in Beaumont, California, 1989.

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: Uncle Anson

My Children-
Please do not be disturbed. I am working to equalize everything. Income, health care, housing. Soon, very soon, you will all be on the same level.


Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: DM Reader

In addition to Site Steward's information, both phases of Lazy YU have CC&Rs that prohibit what Janet Hecker is complaining about. Perhaps that might be an avenue for recourse.

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: CC DUBYA

Oh, by the way you get extra points for being trashy if you have a washing machine or a drier on your front porch.

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

I think you have this all backwards.

It's people with clean yards that don't belong here.

My junk was here long before you showed up to complain about my collecting hobby.

And that big metal building.....it's my Man Cave.

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: Marred Mountains

Yeah, well, I don't like looking up at the gorgeous Hualapai views and seeing them junked up by people putting their houses smack dab in front of them.

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: George Turk

I totally understand and agree with the writer's comments. I lived in Kingman for only 6 months and left due to this very same reason. The citizens of Kingman don't seem to WANT to improve. When I would complain about the crime, trash, drugs...I was told numerous times, "Welcome to Kingman". In other words, this is the way it is and it isn't going to change. Certainly, there is no "Utopia"...but, I have moved on to a very nice small town that is clean, virtually free of crime and drugs ! ! Why ? Because the citizens here will not and do not tolerate it. A word to Kingmanites - Wake up and take care of your city.

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: The Voice of Kingman.

Janet, I agree, Some area's especially un-incorperated parts of Kingman, are an eyesore. The city has different code enforcement than the county. Many people don't realize that not all of Kingman is in the city limits.

I once was driving down a street north of Northern Av. and noticed a really bad mobile home with junk strewn all over the yard including about 5 junk cars. The windows were equally junky looking, with broken blinds etc. The homeowner saw me stopped in the street and came out to ask me what I was looking at. I asked him if the county let him keep his "house" looking like this. He said there was nothing wrong and all his cars ran. (not in the last 5 years).

We almost got into fisticuffs and I had to drive off quickly to avoid me going to jail for punching this fool into oblivion.

Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
Article comment by: Just J

I find it really sad that everyone just attacked Janet for wanting to live in a nice neighborhood. I have been to Lazy Y U a LONG time ago and I thought it was a "ritzy" neighborhood, sorry to hear it too is being effected by those who like "clutter." I won't call it junk because ones mans treasure is another's junk. But there is a neat way to store your clutter and a sloppy way, sounds like it is getting sloppy there which is sad. I have lived in Mohave County for over 30 years, I am a resident, not a Cali person and I will say Kingman has done a crappy job beautifying this town! I remember Bullhead in the 70's and WOW has it changed and I must say they know how to keep a town clean for the most part. They even knew how to grow a town, Kingman could take a lesson. I drive around town and I must say it is an embarrassment, there is filth everywhere you look, personally Kingman looks like a slum to some huge city! Don't jump all over someone just because they would like to have their neighborhood clean and respectable, who can blame them really. I don't see Kingman cleaning up there act until we get NEW people in charge who will sincerely start fining people and cleaning up the messes and charging the owners for that clean up. There is NO pride in Kingman.

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Article comment by: Jann Hand

Hi Janet,
I agree that one persons treasure can be another person's junk. Not sure if you recently moved to AZ, but was the "junk" there when you moved in? Kingman is a great town and we have lived here for over 10 years. Let me tell you what sometimes new comers try and do to this town.
In the downtown area. Several people have purchased housing and business near the train tracks and then complain about the whistle. Of course they want the tax-payers to pick up the tab to silence the trains that have been coming through here for over a hundred years. We have people purchase homes on dirt roads and then want taxpayers to have the road paved while they enjoy the value of their home value increase, again at taxpayers expense.
Kingman and the surrounding area is what it is. Let it be a lesson when moving to a new area. Find out what the zoning laws are and apply constructive notice. Buyer beware. We did, and we couldn't be happier. JHand

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Article comment by: Debbie Sleep

Seriously ???? Maybe you should go back to California where you are most likely from !!!!
What you consider "JUNK" may not be to another person !!
Your Windows don't have Curtains ?? You don't have a fence ??
I keep my front yard clean ...but what's behind my fence is No Ones business !!
Everyone decorates their yards differently !!
Yes maybe you should move !!!!!

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Article comment by: Sue Kracker

In response to Janet Hecker's request to clean up Lazy Y-U Ranch.
Don't expect much from this city for a response. I emailed a picture of the junk yard in the back yard of the house next door to me directly to our mayor just before Thanksgiving asking if there was something that could be done to get it cleaned up. This house actually looks like a junk yard, there are non-running cars, mattresses, appliances, yard waste, tires and various other piles of trash. I am still waiting for a response to my email. I agree with you that Kingman and needs to be cleaned up, at times the whole town looks like a pig sty due to the litter along the roads. It is finny how they manage to clean up the tourist areas but the rest of the city looks like Hell.

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

Janet, I feel your pain, I moved into a new developement on the outskirts of Kingman and within 3 years the houses were being rented to low life people, they brought their junk, their barking dogs their junk cars that just sit and rust and they brought their filthy habits so the landscaping would become full of weeds and trash. I think it is a testament to what this town is, a bathroom, food & gas stop on the road to better places. Time to find another house with a Home Owners Association so the neighborhood will stay nice.

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Article comment by: Know the Rules

Contact the County and you will find that they are complaint driven.
If you have a complaint, submit it and they will investigate.
They don't have the manpower to go out and canvas, looking for violators.

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Article comment by: Just A. Citizen

I feel for you but there ain't no place exempt from it.
If you get to feeling really upset about it, drive through Butler. That will put things in perspective real quick.

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Article comment by: Site Steward


Go to the County's main website and click on the "Services" tab near the top of the page, then click "Make a Service Request or Find Answers", then click "Make Request".

Then under "Service Request Type" you can choose from several request types that is most applicable to the nature of the problems you wish to report, such as in this case a Zoning Violation Request and Ordinance Violation.

You can find the parcel number on the County GIS. website.

The County has told me that service requests can be ranked from a level of 1 to 5 and are pursued according to department policy.

However, regardless of the level of priority given, at least you are guaranteed a response from the County when you go through that procedure.

However, depending on the severity of the issue, you could also remind the County how they made an example (that was published in this newspaper) of how they were proud to have cleaned up an abandoned property on Willows Ranch Road a few years ago. KDM Thursday, October 22, 2009


Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Article comment by: Trained Observer

It is a requirement to live in Mohave Co. to have junk in your yard. If you do not have junk, you will not fit in.

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