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JUNK ORDINANCE VIOLATION: Mayor says ‘I do not want to set a precedent’

August 16, 2013

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel (right) reviews some photos with Larry Jacobs regarding his residence. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

COLUMBIA CITY — In an ordinance violation that has been ongoing since January, Columbia City’s Board of Works decided to leave things as-is — for now.

In April, Larry Jacobs, of 980 S. CR 50 E., was granted an extension after he was found in violation of the city’s nuisance, or junk ordinance.

His extension gave him leeway through July 31, and as the date came and went, significant progress had not been made on the property.

Jacobs has several older tractors, lawn mowers, vehicles, etc. on his property.

He told the Board of Works Tuesday that along with repairing and reselling the equipment, he also collects tractors. Jacobs said most of what’s on the property has been collected over the last 30 years, and questioned why police are now choosing to enforce the ordinance.

“I try to keep it condensed instead of all strung out and scattered,” Jacobs said. “I’m not planning to expand what’s already there. I wish I could keep it all inside, but circumstances haven’t made that possible.”

A meeting was held in the southeast district regarding Jacobs’ property, and many of his neighbors said they weren’t bothered by his yard.

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