man says city workers damaged his yard and wants action


TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) — A Toledo man is speaking out, saying city workers damaged his property during repairs and didn’t do a good job of cleaning up. He wants the house he loves back to its former glory.

Bill Hawkins has lived in his Harbord Drive home since 2005. He says he has spent a lot of time and energy sprucing up his home.

He said when crews from the city of Toledo came to fix a water main and a gas line that ran under his front yard, they didn’t leave his lawn as they found it.

When they tried to fix his lawn, he wasn’t happy with the job they did.

“They laid mats for grass seed and nobody liked it. They took theirs, they took theirs. Mine was huge all over the area,” says Hawkins.

Hawkins says the repairs blurred the line between his property and the street, causing frequent flooding and driver damage to his landscaping. He says it’s upsetting because he’s not able to fix the problem himself.

“I can’t go down anymore. If I go down to the ground that low, I’ll have to stay on the ground trying to do it because my legs are going to cramp. Either I have to hire someone or I’m not able to do it anymore,” says Hawkins.

A spokesperson for the city of Toledo said landlords often have different expectations when it comes to restoring a property to its previous state. They say the repairmen in town aren’t landscapers and there’s not much they can do, so at this point it’s out of their control.

If you have a problem with the condition of your property after repairs, contact Toledo to see what can be done.

If you have a problem or a distressed property in your community that has become a nuisance to the neighborhood, contact Willie Daniely at [email protected]

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