AUSTIN, Ark. (KTHV) - Some describe the small town of Austin, Arkansas as the
perfect place to live, but recently, a few unwanted decorations are
making one neighborhood the last place anyone wants to move to.
Homes in the Shadow Creek Subdivision in Austin range in price from
$150,000 to $300,000. It's a quiet, new development, but over the last
few months a rather bold display is stirring a lot of conversation.
"A lot of questions, people wanting to know what's going on. Initial
reaction was it was kind of funny. They've been up there since about the
middle of March," said one Shadow Creek neighbor, Anthony Fible, who
pointed out a few eyesores that have popped up on his street in the last
Two toilets and a few spray painted signs promising that a trailer park
is coming to the area soon hang high above the fence line at the end of
Hudson Branch Drive in Austin.
"We are hoping it hasn't affected the property values, but we know for sure it's affected some sales," said Fible.
Anthony Fible said the display has drawn a lot of attention, and since
there is no trailer park coming soon, neighbors and potential buyers in
the new development are puzzled.
"We haven't had any trouble from the individual. He hasn't caused any
other problems. He hasn't said or made any kind of threatening
statements. We don't even know who he is. We just know it's an
individual living on the property behind me, and he's posted the signs,"
"Who is going to buy a house where you see signs about a trailer park
coming soon? It borderlines harassment. However, if you own property
you can do with the property as you please," said Lonoke County Sheriff John Stoley.
Stoley said it all started with a disagreement between a property owner
and the developer building homes adjacent to his land. What exactly
upset the property owner is still a mystery, but in March, he placed two
toilets on two approximately 20-foot poles and nailed spray-painted
signs to his trees facing the developer's property with the words
"Trailer Park Coming Soon."
Though neighbors claim they can't sell their
homes due to the unattractive new displays, toilets in trees are not
"This is the city limits here. Where the signs are is in the county, and
there is no ordinances prohibiting signs in the county on a property.
It's not threatening. It's nothing criminal at this time," Stoley
"It's petty. Whatever his argument is with one individual or the
property developer, he can take it up with that individual. Affecting
the neighbors that haven't done anything to him, we would just
appreciate it if he would take the signs down," added Fible.
Our sister station THV 11 tried to speak with the man who allegedly posted these signs and
the toilets. He identified himself as Dennis, but did not wish to speak
on camera. As for the developer, Moore & Moore, they also did not
wish to comment due to ongoing litigation with the property owner.
The Lonoke County Sheriff's Office said they have asked the property owner to take down the signs and toilets, but he refused.