Town property being cleaned up

After issuing four warnings, board doesn’t take more action, but Plan Commission will address topic in winter
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Belgium Town Board this month didn’t take action against a resident who said he has started cleaning up his property, but the Plan Commission will be addressing junked vehicles and possible formation of a nuisance ordinance this winter.

The town was encouraged by the response of Chris Zietz, who attended the meeting with two others who live at 836 Highway D that has garnered complaints from residents.

Since he received the most recent letter from the town, he said he has moved his demolition derby vehicles inside.

A burning pit has been cleaned up as well, but it hasn’t yet been filled in, Zietz said.

A mattress next to the shed will be removed. Zietz said he has to get his personal vehicle working before he can continue to move materials next to the shed.

Winker, who has driven by the property several times, said, “We have no problem with your vehicles that you drive on a daily basis being there because everybody’s entitled to having some wheels to get to work and enjoy life. It’s all the clutter and all the other things that add up to the complaints that we hear about. We have no choice but to address them.”

Zoning Administrator Charlie Parks was pleased to hear the property is being cleaned up.

“This is welcome news. Honestly, if we don’t have to make a rule, that’s great. As long as it’s headed in the right direction,” he said. “There’s other places in the town (with junk issues), it’s not just yours.”

Zietz said he understands the property’s location — it’s at the corner of Highway D and Lake Church Road near Lake Church Pub & Grill and Divine Savior Parish St. Mary Chapel — leads to more visibility than other properties.

He said he is also working on taking care of the wood and pallets on the property.

“It’s just a matter of having the time to get it done,” he said.

The three men who live at the property use their cars in demolition derbies. Each car is typically used just once.

“Most of them usually don’t make it out. They usually end up staying there,” Zietz said.

Winker said, “I realize that’s your passion. But the next door neighbors, that ain’t their passion. We just all need to try to get along.”

Zietz said people may contact him and his housemates if anyone has an issue and he will move it up the priority list.

The town had issued four warnings about junk on the property, the most recent via a letter in October, and had the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office investigate it.

Winker said the sheriff’s office interprets the state statute addressing the storage of junked vehicles differently than he does. The office says an abandoned vehicle doesn’t have a plate and does not belong to the property owner on which it sits. That definition, he said, wouldn’t pertain to the Highway D property.

 

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