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COLUMBIA CITY â A requested extension for a home in violation of a city ordinance was granted at the meeting of the Columbia City Board of Works and Public Safety Tuesday.
Larry Jacobs, who lives at 980 S. CR 50 E., appeared before the board because his home was in violation of the junk ordinance. Jacobs was eventually granted an extension until July 31 to clean up the area around his residence. He hoped for a different outcome.
âI donât see that itâs that big of a deal,â he said. âMost people around me donât care. Itâs my life and my livelihood.â
One of the main concerns was the older tractors on his property. Jacobs said those were part of his hobby, to collect antique farm equipment.
âGoodness gracious, a person should not be deprived of their hobby,â he said. âTheyâre small, not that big, and theyâre past the point of being farm equipment.â
There was also discussion about the enforcement of the ordinance. Jacobs explained he had lived there, been doing this for 30 years, and had not had a problem until now.
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