Written by Larry Limpf
Friday, 12 December 2008 15:58
A Clay Township man last week renewed his call for township officials to address what he calls an on-going zoning violation on property near his State Route 51 residence.
Jeff Bodi, 23639 W. State Route 51, told the township board of trustees Monday that items such as trailers and snowmobiles at the property are still being stored outside, which is a violation of the township’s zoning resolution.
He told the trustees that earlier that day he observed a horse trailer, utility trailer, boat trailer, five open snowmobile trailers with 11 snowmobiles, 9 enclosed snowmobile trailers, and three jet skis on trailers behind a storage building on the property at 23579 W. State Route 51.
According to the township zoning resolution, outside storage of items isn’t allowed at mini-warehouse facilities. The Ottawa County auditor’s Web site lists the property as owned by Tom & Tom LLC.
“These violations are on-going since June of this year,” Mr. Bodi read from a prepared statement.
He told the trustees he’s observed other violations for 1 ½ years at 23615 W. State Route 51, which is adjacent to his residence. He said the owners are using the house for storage for their business at another nearby location even though the property is zoned for residential use. The auditor’s Web site lists the owner as DZ Holdings LLC.
In September, he took photos of the owners moving what he called “large and numerous boxes out of the house…using a 20-foot flat trailer towed by a 4-wheeler” and provided the photos for Gary Kapp, the township’s zoning inspector.
He said Mr. Kapp has a duty to issue a notice of violation against the property owners.
“If these owners deny this allegation they should have no problem showing Mr. Kapp the inside of the dwelling,” Mr. Bodi’s statement says.
In June, he raised a complaint about the outdoor lighting at the storage facility at the 23579 address shining into his home but he said last week that problem was corrected. The zoning resolution requires lighting at storage facilities to be directed away from adjoining properties.
But a fence between the 23615 and 23579 properties, which is also required by the zoning resolution, remains unfinished, he said.
Mr. Kapp said he has discussed the matter with the owners of Tom & Tom Storage and they’ve agreed to move the items in question.
“There are things being worked on to get it rectified,” he said. “It takes time to go through the processes.”
Mr. Kapp declined to elaborate further until he’s provided Mr. Bodi with trustee meeting records he has requested.
He did say the items in question don’t pose a public health hazard.