Residents in the Ricefield community said their neighborhood is known for its big Halloween parties and handing out good treats.
Robert Hesterfer has lived in Ricefiled for more than a decade. He said he has watched Halloween celebrations grow every year and traffic has become a growing problem.
“Last year, there was no way an emergency vehicle could have gotten through here because of the cars on the side of the road” he said.
In an effort to keep people safe, Ricefield board members posted “ Residents Only, No Outside Vehicle” signs to restrict the number of cars coming in and out of the private community. Some people said the plan to cut down on traffic has given the neighbor unwelcomed attention.
“I think the sign is the biggest problem because it looks like we are excluding people” said Kim Leatherwood.
Board members did issue nearly 300 guest passes to allow residents to invite "outsiders" in. While some said it was a reasonable compromise, others believe the restriction limits the fun on Halloween.
Private communities own the roads in their neighborhoods and are allowed to block off roadways to non-residents.
By: Brie Jackson
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