WARSAW — Two Market Street residences were the main topics of discussion during the code enforcement hearing held Tuesday, Oct. 30.
A property at 712 W. Market St., owned by Tammy Honeycutt and Michael D. Wright, was on the hearing docket regarding complaints of people living in the residence’s garage. According to Warsaw Building Commissioner Ray Behling, the back door to the residence is left open for frequent periods of time. Behling also noted the presence of an excess amount of animals at the residence. The property owners were not present at the hearing.
Behling said the Kosciusko County Health Department is aware of the property. Hearing Officer Tom Earhart asked for a notice to be sent one more time to the property owners to make an appearance at the December hearing.
A residence only 300 feet away from the 712 W. Market St. property was also discussed. A male tenant resides at the property owned by Judith Brown. According to Behling, the property has debris everywhere. Sherri Shafer, a neighbor to the property, came to the meeting to share her thoughts.
“I’ve complained to the city numerous times about it,” said Shafer. “I’ve put a fence up between the properties, but obviously that alone can’t just hide the trash accumulating in that yard.”
Shafer said Brown is aware of the property’s appearance. She also mentioned that the male tenant is parking a vehicle across the street at another neighbor’s property.
Earhart said the case will be referred to Kosciusko Superior Court for a resolution.
Gregory Addair, owner of 604 E. Main St., was at the hearing in regards to several vehicles on his property. Currently, there are four vehicles on the property, with all but one in working order. Addair said two vehicles are currently there for his son. The case was continued to the Dec. 11 hearing for progress on the vehicles’ movement.
Cathy Wade, owner of the property at 815 E. Clark St., spoke at the hearing about debris at her property. Wade said there is an abandoned vehicle and some scrapping metal in the property that she needs to address. She also mentioned that someone has been dumping garbage in her backyard overnight.
Wade also said that due to her job keeping her away from the residence five days a week, she needs more time to take care of it. Her case was continued to the Dec. 11 hearing.
The code enforcement hearing also continued its discussion of 1015 E. Main St., a property owned by Jason and Bobby Wade. Jason spoke at the hearing and said that the property has been cleaned but that he is no longer living there due to a personal issue. Bobby also said that a lot of cleaning has been done.
Earhart told the Wades a representative from the building and planning office will look at the property to see what work has been completed.
“If it’s a bad call, you leave me no choice but to take this issue to Circuit Court,” said Earhart.
Ralph Fitch, Larwill, was also present at the meeting regarding three properties he has set up as apartment units. Behling told Fitch the importance of needing a schedule and timeline for repairs. Fitch said that several fixes have been made and that he has people helping him with repairs.
“By December, we need to see real progress on these properties,” said Earhart. “I would prefer not to have them demolished.”
The three properties are located at 214 N. Fort Wayne Ave., 500 Chinworth Court, and 1503 Green Hill Drive.
In other news:
- Adessa Williams is continuing to clean his property at 2119 Hendricks St. His case was continued to the Dec. 11 hearing.
- The property at 519 N. Park Ave., owned by Faviola Duran, was dismissed.
- The property at 3521 Lake City Highway, owned by Hari Om, Inc., was dismissed.
- Stephen and Princene Moore, owners of the property at 1422 E. Main St., intend to foreclose on the residence. Behling said the property is still in the same condition it was in during the previous hearing. The case was continued to the Dec. 11 hearing.
- Brad Eberly, property owner of 1627 Fisher Ave., has a new court date set at Dec. 7. During his previous court hearing, Eberly was given two weeks to clean his front yard and two weeks to clean the backyard. His case was continued.
- The owner of the old car wash at 2516 E. Center St. has had the building demolished. The old foundation still needs to be removed. The case was continued to the Dec. 11 hearing.
- The property at 523 N. West St. was also discussed. Erica Hyde said there are currently five cars parked at the residence. One vehicle will be removed from the property soon. Hyde also said the grass at the property will be mowed in two weeks. The case was continued to the Dec. 11 hearing.