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A huge project

It's been four years since Oneida's housing inspector, certified code enforcer Ted Walters, visited the backyard property of 119 North Warner Street. The site of a former junkyard - still licensed but no longer in use - the yard was a bit of a mess. Rubbish, scrap metal and wood and rampant vegetation littered the property when Walters inspected it in March 2002. The fence surrounding the property, according to Walters, was in rough shape as well.

Walters spoke to property owner Florence Segal, whose late husband was proprietor of the junkyard beginning in the 1960s, and asked her to clean up the property.

Essentially nothing was done and a formal notice [asking her to clean up the property] was sent, Walters said at a hearing before the Oneida Common Council July 18. Following that formal letter, Walters said, nothing continued to be done.

Walters said Mayor Leo Matzke sent a letter in February 2005 asking Mrs. Segal to repair the fence, remove the rubbish in the yard, and address the dilapidated buildings on the property. He requested that the corrections be made by early summer 2005.

Walters returned to inspect the property in September 2005. Repairs had not been made, tree branches still hung over neighboring yards, the vegetation had not been cleared, and piles of metal still remained. Walters sent out a letter September 15, noting that hazards still remained, and contacted city attorney Justin Murphy. Appearance tickets were issued to Mrs. Segal regarding the designated nuisances in the yard and the unreliable fence. An agreement was reached in a city court case November 21 of last year. Mrs. Segal would remove or have removed the rubbish, trees and offending buildings by December 20.

In January, Walters returned again to the Segal property and reinspected. Some metal had been removed, Walters said, but the cleanup was by no means completed.

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