WARSAW — While progress was seen with three property owners with previous code enforcement violations, two others directed into court actions continue to linger without improvement.
First, the good news: City code enforcement reported improving circumstances at 604 E. Main Street, which has had a history of abandoned vehicles there and on a nearby vacant lot. A home at 1422 E. Main St., has been cleaned up and sold and is no longer an issue for code enforcement. And three properties — 214 N. Fort Wayne Avenue, 500 Chinworth Court and 1503 Green Hill Drive — which have had a variety of code enforcement concerns are seeing improvements and will be reviewed again in two months at a city code enforcement hearing.
Houses at 1627 Fisher Avenue and 1015 E. Main remain in non-compliance.
The house on Fisher Avenue, also known as SR 15, just south of Warsaw Community High School, has been cited by the city for excessive outdoor debris since 2016 with little cooperation from a previous tenant or the previous owner, Brad Eberly.
The city took Eberly to court, but he walked away from the property, which was acquired by a Fort Wayne man last month in a sheriff’s sale, according to Dana Hewitt, code enforcement officer for the city of Warsaw.
Eberly left the property behind with a large amount of debris in the front and backyard. Before that, the tenant had often kept a large amount of items in the front yard, much of which was on tables.
Hewitt said he contacted the new owner who expressed a willingness to quickly begin cleaning up the land and let him know that if progress is not made, the property will be up for review by the city at a future code enforcement hearing.
Hewitt said he was unsure of Eberly’s legal status with the city since he walked away.
Meanwhile, Jason and Bobby Wade’s home at 1015 E. Main remains in non-compliance and is now being reviewed in court.
The couple is expected to appear in court to respond to the violations. The couple has recently been constructing a fence to hide debris stored in the back yard. The fencing, though, does not apparently meet city standards.
Earlier this week, Bobby Wade was seen installing a tarp across the driveway to hide debris in the back yard. She had little to say, other than she believed what they were doing was acceptable.
The case had an April 9 hearing in Kosciusko Superior 1 Court, due to lingering violations and the couple was told to return on April 29. The couple could potentially face fines or jail time.
“The city understands the frustrations with the surrounding neighbors that have to see this property on a daily basis,” Hewitt said. “The city is working diligently with the city attorney and the courts to resolve the issue, but the property owners at 1015 E. Main Street refuse to come into compliance.”
Code enforcement representatives have been seeking compliance of the property since early 2017, Hewitt said.