Wildwood Subdivision Threatens Teen with Fines, Police For Parking Truck in Driveway

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Matt Perry
Matt Perry, seventeen, with his "illegal" truck.
Matt Perry, a seventeen-year-old senior at Lafayette High School, worked two jobs to buy his dream car, a 1965 cream-and-green Ford F100.

There's just one problem: He doesn't have anywhere to park it.

Valley View subdivision in Wildwood, where Perry lives with his mother and father, prohibits pickup trucks parked overnight more than four times a year, and his neighbors are making it very clear they won't tolerate rule-breaking.

"I've lived in this house since I was 1," Perry says on the Facebook page he's created for his truck. "It is the only home I know. I guess it is a fight or flight situation. In this case, I choose to fight for my truck and for the next generation of kids, like me, who want their first car to be a truck. The rule is wrong. It needs to change."

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Perry faces a $25-per-day, or $9,000-per-year, fine for parking his truck in his own driveway. One neighbor even threatened to call the police and have it towed, Perry says.

Perry took his cause to the board of trustees, who put the anti-truck law up for a vote. Angry neighbors circulated a letter saying trucks like Perry's would lower property values:

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Courtesy of Matt Perry

Eighty-five people voted to change the law and allow Perry to park his truck in the neighborhood, beating the naysayers by 33 votes. But even that wasn't enough.

"We found out we actually lost the vote even though we won the simple majority," Perry tells Daily RFT. To change the rules, Perry would have needed a super-majority of 130 votes.

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270 comments
James Madison
James Madison

Good job RFT. Not one follow up quote or news. Sad state of journalism, not that the RFT ever engaged in that sort of thing.

Rob Tonn
Rob Tonn

I guess these assholes don't want the image of "working people" ruining there image.

Doug Rasmussen
Doug Rasmussen

That truck is a work of art. Neighbors should be thanking him

Russell Davis
Russell Davis

Maybe you should READ & I quote verbatim as written. "Angry neighbors circulated a letter saying trucks like Perry's would lower property values" Did you read the letter??

Rich Beck
Rich Beck

Sounds like he lives in a dictatorship or is that communist Russia?

Rebecca Wulf
Rebecca Wulf

It's the city of Wildwood rules, not the neighbors

Rebecca Wulf
Rebecca Wulf

It's not the neighbors or the neighborhood, it's the city of Wildwood

Randy Stroup
Randy Stroup

This is a very old story! Nothing goes away on the internet!

Todd Hartstein
Todd Hartstein

Shouldn't it just be "Impeach", not "Impeachment"?

Scott W Johnson
Scott W Johnson

I'll park a truck full of shit in my driveway if I want and piss on your rule!

April Rogers
April Rogers

Don't live in a subdivision with strick rules...Rich peoples problems crack me up...park the damn thing in your 4 car garage and get over it!!!

Rick Russo
Rick Russo

Rich people got all kind of problems, like which expnsive lawyerto choose or doctor special ist to see. ro which lobbyist to hire

Rick Russo
Rick Russo

Carl Hill for SEC OF INTerior 2016

Rick Russo
Rick Russo

wha? Matt Perrry for SEC OF STATE 2016

Megan A. Lawson
Megan A. Lawson

Most full size trucks do not fit in a standard size garage.

Jason Michael Daman
Jason Michael Daman

How can you ban trucks from being parked in a subdivision?! If that's the case, those Escalades, Suburbans, and such all need to go. They are trucks as well.

David Woodson
David Woodson

Your one of the problems that he has. Stop being a snob. Its not a price of junk.

Vivian Brotherton
Vivian Brotherton

Sorry. But I wouldn't want a bunch of pickups parked on my street either. Don't they have a garage? Build one.

Eric White
Eric White

So wildwood don't allow trucks, what's next NO McDonald's! What!!!!! #Stupidrichpeopleproblems

Christopher Schmidt
Christopher Schmidt

1965 F-100, classic truck but his neighborhood has a set of by - laws prohibiting him from parking it on his own driveway. Just too bad his parents won't let him park in the garage, totally asinine that he has to cave to dumbass West County idiots.

Susan Wolters
Susan Wolters

There were leaves on the trees this time last year?

Kelli Mayahi
Kelli Mayahi

Wut did I really JUST waste time on? Ugh

David Enders
David Enders

Impeachment Senator Jamilah Nashee,ahh,hit to close to home?

Amy Squire
Amy Squire

Who knew? Not enough black kids to profile I guess.

Matt Madden
Matt Madden

Surprising as it may be, white youth are profiled in some suburbs.

Gary Thompson
Gary Thompson

UPS almost hit it last week Think about storage

Ron Blair
Ron Blair

Look at how many people drive trucks, if it's not used for commercial, idk how it could lower property values. Heck, a lot of trucks now are as nice as the luxury cars I'm sure most people there drive!

Haley Stroot
Haley Stroot

I'm still confused why that would effect property values. Is it because they're considered ugly and makes the neighborhood look bad? That's so dumb. That truck that kid has is really nice looking

Robert L Massie Sr
Robert L Massie Sr

What part of "this week last year" made you think it was a current story?

Robert L Massie Sr
Robert L Massie Sr

U City was like that for years. Some poor guy from Texas was visiting our neighbors overnight at the time when that STUPID ordnance was in effect. He left the truck on the street overnight after arriving about 11pm only to find a ticket the next morning by 6am when I left. Sad thing is that there was a full size raised roof "passenger" van in bad shape down the street and its ugly self sat there forever, and all it did was bring our property values down.

Russell Davis
Russell Davis

People are stupid, it's his right to buy/drive what he wants! He paid taxes on it, his neighbors need to STFU and leave him be, he sounds like a good kid.

Haley Stroot
Haley Stroot

Why would that lower the property values, that makes no sense to me? Since when can you only have a truck in certain neighborhoods, that's stupid

Joe Mundy
Joe Mundy

New news to me so get over it

Sara Kirleis
Sara Kirleis

Yes it is. Thats why the title said "this week last year"

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