Guest Column: Trashy yards, unruly dogs mar a lovely place
I would like to present an outsider's view of Kingman. My wife and I retired and bought a home in the Kingman area a few years back. We decided on Kingman because of its location, size and the small town atmosphere. We are from a real small town of less than 1,000.
We like this area. People are friendly, the cost of living is reasonable, there are places to go and things to do, and the best part is that it isn't below zero with nasty blizzards.
Reading the local papers, it seems that the golf course and its costs come up often. We are not golfers, but seeing the golf course was a visual plus for Kingman when we were looking at different communities to retire in. Now that I understand what it costs to maintain, it's questionable if that plus is worth it.
Driving around, we see spotless yards and right next door will be a yard that's a garbage dump. This we don't understand. These yards are a fire, health hazard; provide habitats to rodents, insects and potential disease. This is a very big minus to anyone visiting or living here.
Isn't there a county/town ordinance against this? Some places send you a letter and give you a date to clean it up, if it's not done, a clean up crew shows up, cleans your mess and adds the charge to your taxes. Don't pay the taxes, then you lose your yard. Problem solved.
Barking, untrained dogs are another minus. Having dogs go into hysterics and hit the fences every time a car or person passes, or constant barking during the day and night, prompt this question: What is wrong with the owners?
It's not a question of what is wrong with the dog. Dogs are dogs and they will behave in that manner unless there is training.
So it's back to the owners. You are responsible and if animal control shows up at your doorstep, too bad.
These are two big minuses that would impact any community in a negative way. So if you're the person with a garbage yard or barking untrained dogs, try something new this year. Clean your yard and shut up your dogs. Your neighbors and community will appreciate it.
Just want to mention some other pluses. There are beautiful mountains, great areas to explore, interesting history, sun and fun. Kingman and the surrounding area have a lot to offer. We are happy to call Kingman our new home.