PERRY TOWNSHIP — A Perry Township resident has agreed to rid his property of junk items and inoperable vehicles within the next 45 days and to refrain from running a business from his home.
Informal, 11th-hour negotiations between Floyd Russell and township officials took place in the hallway outside Allen County Common Pleas Court on Monday as the two sides agreed on the clean-up schedule.
The Perry Township Trustees, through their attorney, filed a motion in Allen County Common Pleas Court on Oct. 4 asking the court to issue a preliminary injunction preventing Russell from using his property at 102 W. Hanthorn Road to house disabled and/or unlicensed vehicles, accumulated junk, discarded objects and debris and ordering him to stop operating a junk collection business at that location.
All the listed infractions are in violation with Perry Township Zoning Regulations for a residential area, according to the motion filed by attorney Derek Younkman.
In a sworn statement on Oct. 3, Perry Township zoning inspector Tony Hayes said Russell “appears to have stored/parked vehicles without current license plates, plates accumulated and or stored junk, junk vehicles, inoperative/disabled vehicles, discarded objects … and is operating a business at 102 W. Hanthorn Street” in violation of township regulations.
Hayes said that on or about Aug. 22 the township’s legal counsel sent by certified mail a letter notifying Russell he was not in compliance with zoning regulations.
Outside the courtroom on Monday, Russell said the unlicensed vehicles have been removed from the property. But Hayes responded by saying to Russell, “I talked to your neighbors yesterday and they want your yard cleaned up.”
Hayes also told the homeowner that what appears to be an inoperable travel trailer in the rear of the yard must be moved and that the man’s junk business “has to stop.”
Russell agreed in open court to the 45-day grace period to clean up his property and also agreed to pay $206 in court costs to resolve the case once township officials re-inspect the property and declare it to be in compliance with township regulations.
Following Monday’s hearing, Hayes said he hoped Russell would comply with the agreed order, but noted that township officials “have been going through this for the past three years” with the Hanthorn Road resident.
Reach J Swygart at 567-242-0464.