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Overgrown property comes between neighbors

Posted at 11:34 PM, Sep 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 23:34:30-04

A dispute over a plot of land has pitted neighbor against neighbor on Indy's south side.

Two families agree high weeds and shrubs have grown out of control on a mostly vacant lot, but they've been at odds about who should pay to clean it up.

Homer and Donna Harrison have lived in their home for 50 years. They say for most of that time the neighboring property was nice. But, the maintenance they used to see has turned to neglect.

"It's just a regular dump, is what it is. And we're getting all kinds of rodents and stuff," Harrison said.

Since 2011, the city has sent the property owners several citations for high grass and excessive piles of brush. Those fines were paid and the cases were closed.

City compliance only calls for 50 percent of a lot to be clear of high weeds and grass. In this case, only the front of the lot is cut.

The property is owned by David Connie Holik, who now live on the other side of town.

"It's not satisfactory at all," said David Holik said. "In fact, I'd like to be done with it, get the wood hauled off an out of there."

But Holik says he's physically unable to do the cleanup himself, and the money required to hire out the job has been tight.

"Unless I have somebody come and actually take the wood away, it's like I can't do it," Holik said.

The Holiks claim they've been waiting on an agreed upon $500 from the Harrisons to help with the cost.  The Harrisons deny any agreement, and now a friendship that goes back 30 years is on the fence.

The Holiks say they plan to get the lot cleaned up soon, and they're considering giving the property to Habitat for Humanity.