Wow - reality in four dimensions. Is that "three feet" in EVERY dimension (and a cubic yard is a BIG thing) or cumulative (like sizing a box for USPS or FedEx delivery)?...three feet in length, width, height and depth...
If something is on public property it is ultimately a municipal liability - whether or not it is properly maintained by a concerned party. Laws governing them, while shifting some burden to the 'owners' of said memorials, impose others upon the municipality (namely enforcement of said laws - which can then involve the legal system).
Yeah, it's a shame people get killed, but it's not the municipality's responsibility to oversee such displays - many of which DO pale over time and become neglected and ratty-looking.
ANYWAYS, the article mentions the kid died in an ATV accident - and presumably it was on the road, since the memorial is set up there - wasn't he breaking the law, since ATVs aren't registered vehicles and are not street-worthy?
And so would everybody ELSE who builds one of these. Again, it's tough, and nobody wants to be the 'bad guy' and say "no", but it's not the municipality's responsibility and it shouldn't be. Roadside memorials take all kinds of sizes, shapes, and weirdnesses, and they're intended for seemingly good purposes, but you can't judge or quantify the state of them easily or consistently and it seems like the statute should be based upon a time limit over and including a maximum size.She said she just wants the board to let her son's memorial remain.