City wants to hook holdouts

Fire chief: Parked campers violate zoning
Courtney Astolfi
Oct 26, 2013
Three remaining campers at Hoppers mobile home park could soon be towed, and Sandusky firefighters are poised to start clearing the property of debris.

At about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Sandusky police officer armed with a chalk stick marked three campers at the Venice Road mobile home park. The temporary tags on the campers are expired, which would have allowed city officials to tow them Friday afternoon.

But the tow truck never came.

Sandusky fire Chief Paul Ricci filed the complaint Tuesday on behalf of his department’s code enforcement arm. He said the parked campers violate a zoning regulation.

The campers will be removed from the property when the fire department prepares to clear the area of remaining debris, Ricci said.

Early this week, Ricci awarded the cleanup contract to Herbst Excavating.

“They have a cost-effective solution,” Ricci said. “They’re a local provider, and we’ve worked well with them in the past.”   Over the past two weeks, the fire department had been accepting bids from various contracting companies. Ricci said estimates for the cleanup range from $15,000 to $55,000, but the exact amount has yet to be determined.

The city plans to use federal block grant money to foot the bill for the cleanup expenses.

“The contractor is ready to go as soon as the proper paperwork is filled out,” Ricci said, adding that the necessary documents should be signed and finalized by early next week.

The park itself was essentially made unlivable on Aug. 1, when city officials turned off all water access. The decision was the result of five years of unpaid bills, after owner Joe Yost failed to pay $260,000 to the city for water services.

An Erie County grand jury recently indicted Yost on two counts of felony theft. He had allegedly accepted payment from residents for those bills, but never passed that money on to the city.

Since Sept. 9, the city has been fining Yost $50 a day for each of the five fire code violations plaguing the defunct mobile home park. He now owes about $12,000 in fines.

Comments

Stop It

Oh, c'mon. At least give them as long as you gave Yost. WTF?...lol

getit right be4...

I was embarrassed to be from Sandusky when I seen this mess for the 1st time the other day.I have not visited the west end in a long time.

It reminded me of something you would see in Detroit. Glad to see it's going to be taken care of soon.

deertracker

I feel ya there! What a hot mess! Shame on the city and all involved in creating this mess!

queenjhb

Check the campers, maybe that's where all the water bill money is.

sandusky2012

I heard they are in a rush because HOLTY wants to build a strip mall thats why route 6 is still open there from the new overpass

deertracker

Something is going to happen. I don't know what though!

ritt

Perhaps I missed it but why pray tell did it take 5 years for the water dept to say "Hey ~ you know you're a bit behind on your bill. Pay up please." I'm quite certain the monthly bill there was not "small" with that many families. I don't see the water dept looking the other way for 5 months much less 5 years for a normal house, not a business and certainly not a development. So what gives??? And who is going to answer to it besides Yost?

pavedparadise

@ Ritt

See Sandusky2012 answer

Darkhorse

I hope the disgusting mess is cleaned up before the snow starts to fly. It is an eyesore to behold.

pavedparadise

Was a letter of reprimand placed in the employment file of those responsible at city hall for allowing Yost to get away with what he has done?

DiSaidit

The city will turn off my water if it gets over 100 dollars !

Darkhorse

You can be sure there is something in the works concerning the property. I have never seen the city move so fast on a project once a decision was made. Five years goes by and no action taken until now.

Harley

The fair thing to do would be to confiscate the property from Yost since he wasn't paying for it anyway and give the trailer owners a deed to the lots that they set on and let the owners pay ther own taxes and water bills and so on. Now the city has a big clean up job that will cost the taxpayers up to 50,000,00 dollars. I think everyone should take a look at how there tax dollars have been wasted and see who is responsible.