Town sues couple over land strewn with junk

By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

The Town of Saukville is suing a couple that it contends is operating a junk yard on a property strewn with vehicles and other debris at 4325 Blueberry Road.

According to the lawsuit filed on May 19 in Ozaukee County Circuit Court, Kenneth and Linda Watry also built a berm on their property without a permit and have refused to allow the town to inspect it contrary to town ordinances.

The town is asking a judge to declare the Watrys’ property a public nuisance and order that the berm violates town law, issue an injunction prohibiting public nuisances and the operation of a junk yard on the 11 acres, order the Watrys to clean up their land and impose fines of between $100 and $500 for each day they fail to bring their property into compliance with town ordinances.

The lawsuit also asks that a judge give the town the authority to clean up the property if the Watrys do not and charge them for the work.

The Watrys’ property, which is in a part of the town zoned for agricultural use and includes a house and several out buildings, is littered with abandoned vehicles, machinery, tractors, trailers and boats, as well as scrap metal, concrete pilings and commercial signs, according to the lawsuit.

In March, the town notified the Watrys in writing that their property constituted a public nuisance and directed them to clean it up and allow the town to inspect it.

Mr. Watry rejected the request and “vehemently objected to the town’s notice of violations and order to abate,” according to the lawsuit.

Mr. Watry renewed those objections at the May 17 Town Board meeting, again declining to clean up his land and refusing to allow a town inspection, the lawsuit states.

The Watrys could not immediately be reached for comment.

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