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Nuisance fine set at $1,400 each week

A nuisance fine of $1,400 each week until the nuisance is abated was set by LaGrange County Commissioners at their Monday meeting. The fine will be effective from September 7 and is being levied against personal property of Jeremy and Susan Konkle.

The property is located in the Gantt Trailer Park on McClish Lake, (CR 650S near the east county line) owned by Jerry May of Ft. Wayne.

Nuisance Officer Don Wismer testified that there have been four nuisance incidents with this property: in 2015, 2016, May 2017, and August 2017. The first three incidents were abated by the owners. The last incident is different.

Konkle said that the water being furnished to his property is not palatable and therefore he has stopped paying rent and has been forced to move to a location in DeKalb County.

Since moving, the mobile home owned by Konkle has been vandalized – windows broken out, etc. Konkle also alleges that he has been forbidden by the park owner to place debris in the community dumpster provided for residents by the park.

Konkle said there is a cleanup scheduled by Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on October 21 for the exterior of the trailer. He is not sure what can be done with the trailer; he says that he has offered it for free to anyone willing to remove it from the lot. “I have a minimum wage job. I simply cannot afford exorbitant fines and dumping fees and support my family,” he told commissioners.

Commissioners set another hearing date for November 6 at 9 a.m. “If everything is cleaned up by then, we will most likely waive the fine,” said Commission President Larry Miller.