ND Town Fights Whites-Only Plan With ... Building Codes
Leith fights Craig Cobb's plans
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2013 11:51 AM CDT
In this Aug. 26, 2013, photo is Craig Cobb's house on Main Street in Leith, N.D.   (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom)

(Newser) – It's pretty darn crafty: The tiny town of Leith, ND, doesn't want a white supremacist and his friends to take over, so it's using building codes and ordinances in the quest to stop him. The city council last night OKed a moratorium on any new building until zoning laws can be updated; KFGO reports the moratorium will last six months. The city also held a "first reading" of a uniform building code that will require all homes to have water and sewer. This could be problematic for Craig Cobb, who is currently living with three white male supremacists and two kids in a house that lacks water and sewage (and heat).

The city will meet next Sunday in hopes of finalizing the water and sewage ordinance, along with a second ordinance that bars trailers and tents from occupying a lot for any longer than 10 days in a row, ostensibly to throw a wrench into Cobb's calls to have others move onto some of the dozen lots he owns. Cobb reacted in no uncertain terms, reports the Bismarck Tribune, declaring that he will now considering renaming the town "Village of the Damned" once his takeover plan is complete. Click for more on the battle in Leith.

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floridavet
Oct 29, 2013 6:35 AM CDT
"...The city also held a "first reading" of a uniform building code that will require all homes to have water and sewer..." What a great idea. Hey, North Dakota, welcome to the 21st century.
Lou Bernardo
Oct 29, 2013 5:28 AM CDT
So the silly nuts want to live in a white town in god forsaked North Dakota. Has any white folks sued to live in an all black Section 8 crime ridden city project in the ghetto?
TomFlores
Oct 28, 2013 8:18 PM CDT
I guess Leith has never heard of the Grandfather clause unless these zoning regulations are in place he can do what ever he wants until they pass new regulations. Until that time he could have a thousand people on his property and there is noting they can do. Now once the new zoning laws are in effect he could not bring anyone else. How ever he can still keep the thousand people there if he wants. He does not have to bring the property in to compliance with the new laws! The reason for forbidding a city county or state from that requirement is simple can you imagine if you have a 10 year old or older house and have to bring it up to new codes? They say the house has no heat may be he has a wood burning stove or fireplace in the house.