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Things That Make You Go ‘Huh?’

By Greg L | 27 July 2011 | Prince William County | 12 Comments

Because “hoarding” has suddenly become such a grave concern in Prince William County, taxpayers are going to be shelling out $75,000 a year so we can hire a leader for a “hoarding task force.”  The rationale?  Well, apparently Arlington and Fairfax have one of these, so we need one, too.  Clearing out illegal alien day laborers who pose immediate health and safety threats to county residents remains on-hold though, as there isn’t money in the budget for that.

Keep those drapes closed, folks.  That peeping tom is actually a government employee now.

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  1. Brian L. said on 27 Jul 2011 at 10:37 am:
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    Good heavens, is there anything under the sun that our nanny-state superiors DON’T think the government should be in the business of doing? There are shows on TV that highlight *private* groups that help families with this kind of problem, to spend taxpayer money solving a problem that’s ALREADY being solved is quite stupid.

    Then again, asking for politicians that are anything above idiocy is something of a stretch these days — On every level.

  2. Riley said on 27 Jul 2011 at 1:52 pm:
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    This is incredibly stupid on the part of the county. And they’ve done some stupid things, too.

  3. Lovettsville Lady said on 27 Jul 2011 at 2:33 pm:
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    Yes, Fairfax has an entire hoarding task force that can do absolutely nothing to stop hoarding. When a house in Vienna went totally down hill, becoming a fire hazard to the neighborhood, and an eye sore, the task force go involved. The fire marshall was sent out numerous times. Inspectors went to the house. The task force met numerous times, over several years. Large files were kept on the house. The owner was forced to cut back a couple of trees 5years ago. The yard remains filled with junk. The gutters are falling off, trees cover the roof and hit power lines. The old car, stuff with garbage, and long expired plates, was finally towed from in front of the house after years of complaints. Nothing else has been done despite the complaints of neighbors for at least 10 years. People near the hoarder have been unable to sell their houses because who wants to live next door to ”crazy lady” as she’s been dubbed? She even got a ticket for reckless driving because her vehicle was so packed with junk that she couldn’t see out the mirrors. The fire marshall said that the house had no egress. It also appears to have no power. Still, nothing has been done. Crazy lady continues to add to her ”collections” of trash and debris in the front and back yards. If a neighbor throws out something, she retrieves it and puts in her yard. She grabs discarded junk all over Vienna, ties it to the roof of her car (the inside is too packed with trash) and takes it home. At one time she had 22 trashcans filled with junk, in her front yard and driveway. I have no doubt that the Prince William task force will be every bit as effective as the Fairfax Task Force. Your tax dollars at waste, eventually hiring many people who will wring their hands, lament the problem, but can do nothing about hoarding. Just ask the folks who live on the block with hoarder lady in Vienna. They’ve been fighting the problem for a decade or more and nothing has been done, it’s worse than ever.

  4. Yin Yang said on 27 Jul 2011 at 9:36 pm:
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    I thought we had Republican Leadership and a Republican BOCS. Why vote Republican if they don’t support simple Conservative values and a respect for our right to privacy. It’s bad enough that the County pays so much attention to what people do with their property, now they are going inside our homes.

    This is clearly Government over-reaching… perhaps ok for our liberal friends in Fairfax County… but not the behavior I would expect from our supposedly Conservative County leadership.

  5. JM said on 28 Jul 2011 at 8:09 am:
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    One of my in-laws is a hoarder. As things sit now, we can do very little and you can’t imagine the despair and helplessness that we feel. I wish she lived in a jurisdiction which would take action to force her to get the help she will not seek on her own. Some jurisdictions do, their laws have teeth and are enforced. The community benefits because the property is cleaner and safer, which in turn makes everyone around safer, reducing the risk of vermin that can invade surrounding homes or fires that can spread to neighboring properties, which in turn protect property values and protects fire and rescue workers who may need to enter the home one day.

    An active and effective anti-hoarding policy can be very beneficial to our community. Unfortunately, my fear is that the PWC hoarding task force will be about as effective as their code enforcement, i.e, will do very little to nothing at all to address the problems in the community.

  6. madmom said on 28 Jul 2011 at 8:09 am:
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    Darn, I need a job….for $75K I’ll go visit hoarders.

  7. Kris Day said on 28 Jul 2011 at 8:19 am:
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    This makes me thankful we live in a community that has an HOA. What a nightmare to live next door to something like that.

  8. Citizen12 said on 28 Jul 2011 at 8:51 am:
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    One might assume the ability to consistently dream up ways of squandering tax payer money is indeed recession proof.

    They ignore the cars that park across the sidewalk blocking the pedestrian right of way. They are oblivious to overgrown hedges that block sidewalks and obscure traffic at intersections, as well as the overgrown trees that hang over the sidewalks requiring safety glasses for all those over four feet tall.

    They don’t seem to be able to handle the little things but are more than capable of taking on the more cumbersome, complex, high cost - low gain tasks. Sure they are.

    Hording task force. Sounds more like an excuse to peak in your windows in order to increase your tax assessment.

  9. Tyler Durden said on 28 Jul 2011 at 2:43 pm:
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    I hoard guns and ammo. Send ‘em my way.

  10. Anonymous said on 28 Jul 2011 at 8:47 pm:
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    Just think, republican governance at its best inPWC!

  11. Hummm... said on 29 Jul 2011 at 5:48 am:
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    I’m beginning to think the Prince William County Government is really “Wild Kingdom”… We don’t really have Republicans, we have “RINOs”… Quietly turning Prince William into a very respectable Liberal Progressive County.

    I hope that perhaps the Republican Party in Prince William County offers some true Conservatives in the future who are interested in dismantling the cumbersome, over-reaching, liberal bureaucrats who are becoming our overseers.

  12. Ruffian said on 30 Jul 2011 at 8:08 am:
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    Geez, after seeing the 5 of the 22 who voted against the Boehner bill are from SC…I think I’m moving there! At least there is still some support for conservative values!

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