GALION — A complaint about a South Market Street residence highlighted the start of Tuesday’s Galion City Council meeting.
Betty Enderle, who also lives on South Market Street, voiced her frustration about the condition of property at 864 S. Market St.
“It looks like a junkyard,” she said. “I have gone everyplace and talked to everyone I know to try to get it cleaned up. No one has called me back. No one has done anything.”
There are at least four vehicles in a driveway on the property, including a dump truck Enderle said hasn’t moved in two years. A front porch is littered with items and the back yard includes a temporary shelter that apparently covers items in that part of the property.
Galion Building Inspector Bob Johnston said he is aware of the problem with the home. He said he has talked to the property owner several times to no avail. And he promised Enderle he would be at the home again (Wednesday) to make another effort to get the property cleaned up.
“I will make sure I get it done,” Johnson said. “We’ve sent letters. I’ve taken him to court. But there is only so much I can do. I can’t go down there and move it myself.”
Enderle said she is tired and frustrated. And in the end, the property owner’s decision to not take better care of the property may eventually affect her finances … in a bad way.
She said that one day she and her husband may want to move, “but I’m not going to be able to sell my home with that next door.
“Why do we have a property like it in Galion and why do I have to live next door to it?” she said. “I know it takes times, but I’ve been complaining about this for five years.”