WALKER, Mich. (June 20, 2014) – There is a piece of property in Walker in need of maintenance in the eyes of city officials. Walker sent out notices to a group of neighbors living on Cornelia Court, clean-up the lawn or pay a fine. Those on the receiving end of the letters said it’s not that simple.
One neighbor told us she’s caught in the middle, which is why she reached out to the FOX 17 Problem Solvers.
The view out of Margaret Kaminski’s back porch window shows a privacy fence. Just beyond the fence is the parking lot of the Meijer off Alpine Avenue.
In the 11-years they’ve been neighbors Kaminski said she’s always had a good relationship with the retailer.
“I’ve had no problems,” she said. “They have always taken care of back there.”
She’s referring to the other side of the fence. A small stretch of land that includes a sidewalk and a patch of lawn leading to Hillside Drive.
“Everyone that has lived here has said Meijer has always maintained it,” said Kaminski.
That’s changed now, the area has been neglected for sometime.
The city of Walker took notice sending Kaminski and her neighbors letters warning them to clean it up.
“I talked to the city and said, ‘How are we supposed to get over there?'” she said.
From Kaminski’s home on Cornelia Court it’s a half mile round trip to get to the lawn on the other side of the fence.
“So I guess we are supposed to pick up our stuff and go around?” she asked.
FOX 17 spoke with the store director, Byron Muonio, on Alpine Avenue. Muonio said the section of grass on the other side of Hillside road is not the company’s responsibility to maintain.
The neighbors argue otherwise. Kaminski said Meijer put up the fence years ago to deter shoplifters from cutting through the neighborhood, now those fences are blocking off any access to maintain this piece of property.
The store director said he’s not sure how long the fence has been there. Muonio said he recently started working at this location. He also said he would have no issue if homeowners want to take down the fence.
We also reached out to the corporate spokesperson for Meijer. We were told they were unaware of the problem but are now looking into the issue.