Access Denied: A Fence Keeping Neighbors From Taking Care Of Overgrown Lawn

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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.

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    • TheFoundingFathers

      Ummm. Where have you been Meijer stores are complete shit ever since the old man passed away! Fred is probably rolling around in his grave swearing up a storm. There is NOTHING LOCAL about the company anymore, and the employees are treated like dirt! I have not shopped there in years and never will again!

    • Amy

      Don’t be naive, “Mr. Byron Muonio” is the best thing to happen to this Meijer in a long time. The store has been nicer, the staff is more helpful, and if you did one search on the dude before jumping to conclusions, you’ll find he’s not only “local” he cares about the community. And It’s Just Grass!! Why is this in the news??? It’s not like it’s taking over these people’s back yards or the entrances of the store. it’s obvious based on his response the company he works for didn’t bother to tell him about the grass responsibility. Why should it be the store manager’s responsibility anyway? Meijer should have some sort of contract setup already. Or even better, if it’s on a city road, why doesn’t the city maintain the grass? Or send Meijer the notice and not the poor residents who live nearby who if you didn’t hear, actually enjoy the fence they didn’t have to pay for!

  • Laughmore

    So Mr Muonio expects the residents to tear down a fence they did not put up and maintain an area of grass that Meijer always took care of before? Is Meijer is some kind of financial trouble that they have to make this type of cut-back. Since when? You wouldn't know it by their prices. And this is a great way to show community support and win more customers for your store…NOT.

  • Pedro

    This store manager must be an idiot. It would take them all of 10 minutes to mow that side of the road when they are already mowing the other side of the road and it'll make the entire "Meijer area" look a whole lot nicer.

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