Greece cites elderly couple, Walmart, Northgate Plaza owners for trash buildup

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Greece cites elderly couple, Walmart, Northgate Plaza owners for trash buildup

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Greece family just wants a clean yard. Ann and Robert Dobson, namesake to the street they live on, struggle to keep their yard clean from trash generally blowing over from Northgate Plaza. (Feb. 19, 2018)

The town of Greece has sent a flurry of code violation notices to the area around Northgate Plaza.

In the past two months, the Walmart Supercenter, Northgate Plaza, the nearby vacant lot owners and a couple in their 80s have been cited for the mess. The recent garbage issue is documented by town code compliance violation notices,obtained by the Democrat and Chronicle via a Freedom of Information Law request.

Ann and Robert Dobson have lived on an heirloom plot of land for about 50 years and their house is adjacent to Northgate Plaza. Since the family farm was sold and developed, the family said it has fought a losing battle to keep litter out of its yard.

It's the first code violation they've ever received from the town, Ann Dobson said.

The Dobsons, of 110 Dobson Road, received a notice from the town dated Feb. 15 warning them to clean up the litter in their yard or face a fine. That same day, a similar notice was issued to the Walmart Supercenter nearby at 3800 Dewey Ave.

Northgate Plaza property managers, the Widewaters Group, were sent a notice on Jan. 29 for the "large amount of refuse behind building along lot line."

The vacant lot at 100 Dobson Road became an eyesore and gained attention online as passersby were unhappy with the blight. The lot owners were sent notic es on Jan. 25 and Feb. 26. The property is owned by Arek's Holding LLC, according to public documents.

All of the properties were told to "remove refuse from their property," and if they fail to comply "the town will pursue legal steps to resolve this issue."

Since 2017 the lot, Dobsons, Walmart and the plaza have received a total of 10 code compliance violations.

The Dobsons' property has received more attention in the past week than Robert Dobson expected. Robert Dobson said he is overwhelmed by the community support.

Community members have reached out to the Dobsons with encouragement and action, with some volunteering to pick up trash.

Members of the modified cross country team at McQuaid Jesuit High School and their families installed a temporary fence on Saturday, Robert Dobson's 83rd birthday.

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The Dobsons and community members want a solution to the traveling litter.

Town Supervisor Bill Reilich posted a statement Sunday on Facebook, "We are happy to report through efforts of the Town of Greece and Walmart along with property managers, Widewaters Inc., we have put in place an action plan to deal with the litter from the plaza."

Reilich said Widewaters "believes the trash is partially a result of people going into the dumpsters behind some of the stores on the north side of the property and throwing trash around as they dig." The town code enforcement team has issued locks and keys for the dumpsters to be secured at night.

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A vacant lot across from Walmart on Dewey Avenue in Greece is trashed. Remember, littering is illegal. (Feb. 19, 2018)

It's clear to Reilich that the vacant lot owners and the Dobsons are not causing the mess, he said. After meeting with Robert Dobson, Reilich said he realized that some of the trash is from businesses outside the plaza.

The vacant lot owners declined to comment, but Reilich previously said that the lot owners have been cooperative.

Walmart is engaging with Greece "on our own volition to help remedy the problem," according to a Walmart spokesperson. Walmart previously said it was planning to assist in cleaning the vacant lot.

According to a text from Jordan Bartlett, who lives next door, a temporary fence was erected on the vacant lot Friday.

According to the violation letters from Greece, if the property managers in violation cooperate, "no further action will be needed," but if the managers fail to comply the town can issue a court appearance ticket.

Widewaters was given a court appearance ticket, dated Feb. 5 and requested the property manager appear in code compliance court on Tuesday.

The case was dismissed, according to the town.

Code Compliance Violations in 2017

  • In 2017 Arek's Holding LLC was sent two notices of violation citing a section of code that alleged the property owners violated "responsible maintenance of the premises in a clean, safe and sanitary condition."
  • In February and March of 2017 Widewaters was sent a violation notice and a court appearance ticket concerning signs and permitting.
  • In April of 2017 Walmart was sent a notice and order for code compliance violations related to refuse and a court appearance ticket in May.

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