Neighborhood Eye Sore Causing Complaints

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

Neighbors are calling it an eye sore. They are fed up with one local homeowner who won't clean up his yard. They have gone to the City of Bryan looking for answers.

The city says it is not the first time they have gone to the house on Olive Street. In fact, every time they warn the homeowner, the clutter goes away. However, we're told within months, the mess reappears.

That mess is causing frustration among neighbors.

"I wouldn't live that way," Bryan resident Anna Carden said.

Carden says she's had enough.

"The mosquitoes, the fleas, it's horrific," Carden said.

The Bryan resident says she can't enjoy the outdoors because of her neighbor.

"A lot of us have become frustrated with it because with the heat the animals are coming out looking for water and they're coming to his area because there is water standing," Carden said.

Tires, junk cars, worn-out equipment, open containers and weeds have become a breeding ground for pests.

But what can the City of Bryan do to clean up this mess?

Sharon Hauke, the code enforcement manager for the city of Bryan, says sometimes these problems are never ending.

Several cars fill the resident's driveway, and Hauke says they've been there for years.

"This is not the first time we've been to this residence." Hauke said. "This is a situation where we have to go back and say ok show me it's operable again and they will and then it gets parked."

The city says you can have as many vehicles in your driveway that fit, but they have to run.

"If at that time they can drive it around the block then there good to go with us," Hauke said.

If it's not operable, you have 10 days from your first written warning to move the vehicle or you go to court. The city could end up seizing your car.

As for open containers, tires and trash, you get a warning to move these as well, if you don't you could go to court. According the city's website, citations are issued when an individual fails to comply with a city ordinance. Code violations are Class C Misdemeanors that can result in fines only. Most ordinances carry a fine of $100 up to $2,000.

As for what's in your backyard, there is no problem for sights unseen.

"If they have a privacy fence around it and we can't see it. It's not in public view," Hauke said.

However, this homeowner's fence is down and Carden wants something to be done.

"I would love to see it cleaned up," Carden said.

Some good news, since we first began looking into this story, the City of Bryan says the homeowner has made a few improvements.

He has told the city he plans on moving some of the cars, he's repaired a portion of the fence and some of the open containers and trash in the yard have been picked up. If the homeowner does not clean up the mess, he could still face fines.

News Three did try and contact the resident, but had no luck.

The City of Bryan issued 189 citations in the last year for situations similar to this one. About $37,000 was collected in fines.

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