People upset Waynedale business isn't keeping weeds down

People in Waynedale are upset the O'Reilly Auto Parts on Bluffton Road isn't keeping out without getting in trouble with the city.

Posted: Jun 20, 2018 10:33 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - It is becoming hard to stay on top of yard work with all the rain we've had this year.

Many people are having to mow their yards twice a week to stay caught up.

However, some people in Waynedale are upset the O'Reilly Auto Parts on Bluffton Road isn't keeping out without getting in trouble with the city.

"I'm not asking for a lot," said Scott Wyatt, who lives next the Waynedale O'Reilly's Auto Parts. "If you don't get four or five inches over one way or the other, that's fine. Do the biggest part. I'm not asking you to take care of my property."

In Fort Wayne, any weed over nine inches tall is in violation of the city ordinance. Between O'Reilly's privacy fence and the property line, weeds are as tall as 32 inches.

In the yard between the parking lot and the sidewalk, weeds are 14 inches.

"I find it to be a double standard they can go up and down this block all day long, all summer, there's four or five empty lots and they will nail them every time," said Wyatt.

However, the rules apply to everyone in the city.

"We do treat the commercial properties and the residential properties the same way. They are complaint driven and we try to get to them as quickly as possible," said Mary Tyndall, spokeswoman for Community Development.

So far this year the city has gotten about 1600 weed complaints, which is average for this time of year.

Tyndall said it usually takes a few days for an inspector to check complaints.

Sometimes inspectors will check more than just properties with complaints.

"They will drive through their district and see if there are some properties that look like they are in violation. They try to stick to the main corridors," said Tyndall.

Tyndall said the ordinance is in place to help Fort Wayne continue to be a great place to live.

"It really does help keep our city looking attractive. And that can help keep property values up," said Tyndall.

"Hopefully we get this resolved," said Wyatt.

FOX 55 reached out to O'Reilly's Auto Parts' corporate office, but a spokesman hasn't responded to the complaint at the time of this report.

Tyndall said a weed a inspector will check the property Thursday morning.

If you believe a property is violating the weed ordinance, call 311.

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