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Un-related rule continues to "cause problems"

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Greenville's City Council is back in session after a month break. Monday's meeting will tackle several issues. The one getting the most attention is not on the agenda.

Janet Pierce, who lives in the Tar River University Neighborhood in Greenville wants the city council to overturn the city's un-related rule. It allows 4 un-related individuals to live under one roof.

"I think a lot of people have a lot of concerns, and I don't think that they feel like the current council is doing all that can be done." Pierce said.

Pierce says over time the garbage, parking and overall perception of the community has declined. She blames it on the number of people in the area. "Overcrowding adds to other issues like the garbage issue. There's always trash. We pick up trash all the time here, especially after the weekends."

Mounds of garbage met trash crews Monday morning. They say it's a common sight, especially when people move in and out of college rentals.

Council member Calvin Mercer wants to see a balance of single family homes and rental properties. But lately, he says he's seen an excessive amount of rentals.

"We want rentals, we have no problem with them, but changing the 3 unrelated rule pushes that percentage in an unhealthy direction." Mercer said.  

And while many remain hopeful that change is on the way, Pierce wants college kids to be mindful of their neighbors. "I think their age has something to do with it. They are just here to go to school and they don't care about the welfare of others for the majority."

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