KOSCIUSKO COUNTY — Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals has filed complaints against a Burket couple and an Akron resident for violation of zoning ordinances. Both suits were filed in Kosciusko Superior Court 1 Monday, Oct. 22. Should the courts find in favor of the BZA and maximum fines be assessed, the penalties combined will amount to more than $500,000.
The BZA filed a claim against George and Karen Jackson, West Center Street, Burket, for placing an accessory structure on a platted alley without appropriate permits and/or approval of the BZA. Documents state there have been repeated requests from agents of the Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission and the BZA and threats of legal action. However, no steps have been taken to remedy the violation. The BZA is asking the courts, per county zoning ordinances, to assess a penalty of $300 for each day the violation exists, beginning July 21, 2017, through the date of compliance or entry of judgement.
The second complaint is against Leester England, SR 14, Akron. England allegedly has placed unlicensed vehicles, garbage, vehicle parts and other “junk,” on his property, causing a “junkyard” to be in operation without obtaining appropriate permits and/or exception, in violation of county zoning ordinances. Documents note there have been no steps taken after repeated requests and threat of legal action to remedy the violations. As per county ordinance, the BZA is asking the court to assess a penalty of $300 for each day the violation exists, going back to Dec. 20, 2015, and through the date of compliance or entry of judgement.