By Abby Hollman
All Matt Perry wants to do is park his truck in his driveway—a seemingly harmless desire.
The 17-year old Wildwood native worked at Kohl’s and Pizza Hut and to save enough to purchase his first car, a 1965 Ford F100, from a neighbor. Sure, it only gets nine miles to the gallon, and he now had to pay for insurance, but the freedom of four wheels is worth it.
Matt was so attached to the truck, he even named, but this love affair would see rocky times soon enough.
His neighborhood of Valley View has a policy stating that trucks are not allowed to be parked in driveways for more than four nights a year. His parents park in the garage. Although his parents could trade spots with Matt, he says his truck barely even fits in the garage.
Parking in the driveway could cost Matt $25 a day, more than $9,000 a year, in fines. Matt said that one neighbor even threatened to call the police and have it towed.
Matt has started a Facebook page, “Save Matt’s Truck,” which is nearing 19,000 “likes.” His neighbors have countered, circulating a letter stating that trucks parked in driveways will lower the values of homes in the neighborhood.
In his first attempt to change the rule, the bylaws were voted in favor of being changed to allow him to park in the driveway by a vote of 85-52. However, in order to change the bylaw, Matt needed a supermajority of 133 votes.
In between working, Matt will spend this week, his Spring Break, attempting to collect 133 signatures from his neighbors. The subdivision consists of 190 homes, and talking to each one for seven minutes, if the residents are home, will take Matt 22 hours. Matt says that he has received an outpouring of support from the community and is rallying friends to help collect the signatures he needs.
As of Tuesday morning, Matt is planning to meet with the trustees and the mayor at 6 pm to talk about a resolution.