Neighbors bring concerns before City Council

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – Several residents of Collins and Reed streets brought concerns about a mutual neighbor to the City Council Tuesday.

“We need some help. Something needs to be done,” David Klecka, 516 Reed St., told the council during the public comment section of the meeting.

He and two other residents – Kate Herman, 501 Collins St., and Carmen Lisowe, 510 Reed St. - related the problems they have had with one of their neighbors for a number of years.

“Through the years, I’ve spoken to various aldermen several times trying to address the chaos behind us,” Herman explained.

That has included concrete blocks in the yard of the property in question, along with tarps and piles of rotting wood. The neighbors also related concerns with broken down and unregistered vehicles in the yard, along with snow not shoveled from sidewalks in the winter, leaves not raked from the yard and grass not mowed for weeks at a time.

“Friday I filed a written complaint because he had not mowed his lawn in three weeks,” Lisowe told the council, adding that the yard was finally being mowed that evening.

“For five years I’ve been at odds with him over removing snow and raking leaves,” she continued. “I don’t know how there can’t be some kind of ordinance (concerning the situation). I’d like to see something started. Something’s got to be done.”

Herman said that the latest issue has been animals, such as raccoons, opossums and woodchucks, living on the property and coming onto neighboring properties.

“This does affect this city that I love,” she commented. “How do we tolerate that and put up beautiful signs and beautiful flowers around our city?”

All three residents said they have tried to contact the owners and residents of the property, but to no avail.

Because it was the public comment portion of the agenda, the council could not respond to or act on the issue, but Police Chief Jeff Tauscheck met with the three residents after the meeting to discuss their concerns.

Public Works Director William Immich announced that work will begin next Monday on the State 23 intersections at Pleasant View Road, Highland Avenue and Fairview Drive.

The project will continue through the middle of October, he told the council, and will result in closing of the intersections for certain periods as well as lane restrictions on State 23.

Council member David Williams reported that the Committee on Aging has completed work on a brochure outlining transportation options for seniors and the handicapped.

“Our intention is to update the pamphlet every six months,” said Williams, adding that it will be distributed at the Plymouth Adult Community Center, at City Hall and elsewhere throughout the city.

Williams was recently named as a non-voting representative from city government to the board of directors of the Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition.

He said that is helping to improve the relationship between the two groups.

“The PIC board now understands that the city is a good player and a good supporter for the senior center. I think we’re going to have a lot less misunderstanding,” he told the council.

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