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Old 06-22-2014, 09:02 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Oh, no! He has set the standard for neighborliness. Snowed in? Stuck in the mud? He's on his own now, he has seen to that for sure. They will be snickering at him at the general store.
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Old 06-23-2014, 12:44 AM
 
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Knowing damn near everyone in the town if not everyone.

Having one small local grocery store that is more like a ****ty convenience store with a bit more produce.

Having to drive at least 45 minutes to over an hour to the nearest city.

Having a dirt road as your main source of roadway travel.

Talking to your neighbor in the middle of the dirt road when you pass by.

lots of potholes in your dirt road.

When horse ranches surepass the number of homes without horses.

70-80% of the population drives a 1970s/1980 or 1990s ford or toyota truck of any model.

Everyone has lived in said town their whole life and has never wanted to live anywhere else.
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:28 AM
 
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These are the spoken rules of the township that we just bought a home in. Seriously, this is on the website, under "The Code Of Country Living"

Code of Country Living

WHEREAS the Town of York Board of Supervisors wants to provide security to farms and agribusiness operating in our town as well as provide protection for you and your property;
WHEREAS what may be pleasant to one may be offensive to another; meet your neighbors so you understand their perspective;
THEREFORE the Town of York Board of Supervisors uses this means to educate and inform a resident and/or land owner of potential drawbacks of country living such as:
Noise
  • from traffic, animals, tractors, motors, dryers and other agriculture equipment.
Traffic
  • from semis, trucks, tractors, farm equipment, sprayers, wide slow-moving vehicles, stray cattle, etc.
Livestock
  • It is possible that occasionally livestock get out of their enclosures resulting in them ending up on your property.
Seasonal Activities
  • Planting and harvesting happens at all hours day or night. Farmers have to work when the weather permits.
Dust
  • from traffic, soil blowing, chopping hay, pollen, etc.
Odor
  • from farms, feedlots, chemicals, fertilizers, manure, slurry, etc.
Spraying
  • of pesticides, fertilizer, etc.
Fences
  • Landowners with or without animals are responsible for maintaining a Legal fence (See Chapter 90.05 of the WI State Statutes or Town of York Fence ordinance).
Dog(s)
  • It is your responsibility to keep your dog(s) on your property.
Sight
  • from materials, parts, vehicles, etc. stored outside.
Public Services
  • reduced from city living – no garbage pickup, no bus pickup, no mail delivery on private roads.
  • living in rural Wisconsin you will NOT have all the services you have in the city
Emergency Services
  • longer response times for fire, police, ambulance, etc.
Winter Road Maintenance
  • could be snow-covered and slippery longer; you may have to own your own snow removal equipment or hire it done.
  • Plows do not run 24 hours a day. No plowing of private drives or non-township roadways. In case of emergency, contact one of the board members.
Expansion
  • A farm presently operating in the Town should have the right to expand so long as they follow all applicable state, county, and other ordinances and building codes.
So many folks had bought properties/land, especially during the real estate boom of the early 2000s, and then would complain about having to take the garbage to the dump, or the farmer out at midnight harvesting in October (because it was supposed to rain every day for the next week), or cows in the road, or the smell of cow manure, etc.


One of the unwritten rules that we follow in small towns is that when we walk into the local bar, we just nod at all the folks who turn to look to see who we are.
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:52 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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That's what y'all get when people from MD move to PA.


We had to do the same down here with Right To Farm ordinances.
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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when in Cattle country

Wipe your feet before going into the post office
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:00 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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LOL Buzz, they had to put that on the website for the noobs moving in. Sounds like a great place! At least someone on the board had the common sense to put the unspoken rules into words. The population must be growing there.

Up here we're all hoping for a long summer and lots of touristas, there's more houses up for sale due to the insane winter than I've seen in the last twenty years. Next fall, ours will be one of them.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:26 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Buzz Bee View Post
These are the spoken rules of the township that we just bought a home in. Seriously, this is on the website, under "The Code Of Country Living"

Code of Country Living

WHEREAS the Town of York Board of Supervisors wants to provide security to farms and agribusiness operating in our town as well as provide protection for you and your property;
WHEREAS what may be pleasant to one may be offensive to another; meet your neighbors so you understand their perspective;
THEREFORE the Town of York Board of Supervisors uses this means to educate and inform a resident and/or land owner of potential drawbacks of country living such as:

Noise
  • from traffic, animals, tractors, motors, dryers and other agriculture equipment.
Traffic
  • from semis, trucks, tractors, farm equipment, sprayers, wide slow-moving vehicles, stray cattle, etc.
Livestock
  • It is possible that occasionally livestock get out of their enclosures resulting in them ending up on your property.
Seasonal Activities
  • Planting and harvesting happens at all hours day or night. Farmers have to work when the weather permits.
Dust
  • from traffic, soil blowing, chopping hay, pollen, etc.
Odor
  • from farms, feedlots, chemicals, fertilizers, manure, slurry, etc.
Spraying
  • of pesticides, fertilizer, etc.
Fences
  • Landowners with or without animals are responsible for maintaining a Legal fence (See Chapter 90.05 of the WI State Statutes or Town of York Fence ordinance).
Dog(s)
  • It is your responsibility to keep your dog(s) on your property.
Sight
  • from materials, parts, vehicles, etc. stored outside.
Public Services
  • reduced from city living – no garbage pickup, no bus pickup, no mail delivery on private roads.
  • living in rural Wisconsin you will NOT have all the services you have in the city
Emergency Services
  • longer response times for fire, police, ambulance, etc.
Winter Road Maintenance
  • could be snow-covered and slippery longer; you may have to own your own snow removal equipment or hire it done.
  • Plows do not run 24 hours a day. No plowing of private drives or non-township roadways. In case of emergency, contact one of the board members.
Expansion
  • A farm presently operating in the Town should have the right to expand so long as they follow all applicable state, county, and other ordinances and building codes.
So many folks had bought properties/land, especially during the real estate boom of the early 2000s, and then would complain about having to take the garbage to the dump, or the farmer out at midnight harvesting in October (because it was supposed to rain every day for the next week), or cows in the road, or the smell of cow manure, etc.


One of the unwritten rules that we follow in small towns is that when we walk into the local bar, we just nod at all the folks who turn to look to see who we are.

Glad the rural area where my dairy farm was did provide garbage pick up, mail delivery, had an excellent first response team 3 miles away and the township always has plowed private drives. The cost for plowing private drives is very low ( $10-$15) and they sure can wing out the drifts nicely.

All you have to do is call an answering machine and put your name on a list.

It has always been this way ever since I was a kid growing up in a different township.
A township government is truly ............." we the people"......as the annual budget gets voted on at the annual township meeting in March.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:54 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Wow, I would gladly pay the for plowing, instead they plow me in when they go by.
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Don't lock the door, the neighbors kid might want to use the bathroom.
LOL. That's a good one.
They all do #1 outside around here. At least they go in for #2, I think.
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:41 PM
 
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Thank You, Everyone - For your terrific stories - I'm chompin' at th' bit, wanting to get back to small-town-TEXAS for retirement. Your stories & remembrances have made me all nostalgic for 'home' ...
"Buzz Bee's" posting of "The Code Of Country Living" is terrific! Would that more small communities that we've looked at would post something like this - even include it when someone purchases property within the community/village/town limits. It could "set the expectations" of some folks to a more-realistic level ...

Best Regards to y'all - Hope you'll have a great Independence Day Holiday - on the 4th of July!
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