BLANCHARD, La. — Regardless of fines and jail time, the resident who’s come to be identified by some because the “Pallet Man” is again at it. And this time, one neighbor says is junkyard exercise is even worse.
“Horrible. Simply horrible. I’ve to see this daily,” Linda Estes bemoans.
We discovered Marty Julian has created a one other enormous eyesore. This time it is in his entrance yard, whereas earlier than it was in again. He isn’t solely stacked a whole bunch of picket pallets above the roofline of the house. He is additionally hoarding plenty of previous window air con models.
He was strapping them onto a trailer that was hooked to a garden tractor and transferring them across the yard Wednesday morning. He wouldn’t say method, declining to remark as a result of he is not proud of our earlier protection during the last three years.
The city spent $9,000 cleansing up the property final 12 months. However Julian has hoarded extra pallets along with amassing previous home equipment. They’re simply noticed as motorists zoom by the intersection of Sand Valley and Jo Lacey.
The city put Julian in jail for a number of days in July for ignoring orders to maintain the property as much as code. Since that did not cease Julian, Estes has misplaced hope.
“I do not assume something shall be performed about it. It hasn’t this far. They usually’ve gone after him. I do not see it altering. It simply will get worse.”
Estes says she’s confronted about Julian in regards to the mess.
“I’ve requested him why are you doing this? And he mentioned — that is his response — as a result of I can,” Estes says.
Whereas most individuals within the neighborhood are offended with Julian’s junky yard, he has a pal straight throughout the road in Sammy Tompkins.
“It does not hassle me a bit. I do not know what I might do in the event that they weren’t there,” Tompkins says of Julian and his father, Charles.
“They seem to be a godsend to me. I am unhappy that it obtained to be an enormous deal. But it surely’s to not me,” Tompkins mentioned, including that Marty Julian helps him with upkeep of his home.
Mayor Jim Galambos and the city’s lawyer, William Bradford, say all they’ll do throughout the bounds of the legislation is take Julian again to courtroom, and presumably have him jailed once more. Ten days is the utmost they’ll get for code violations.
That is Julian obtained in July. However the mayor says Julian was set free after 4 days, presumably as a consequence of COVID-19 issues on the jail.
The city has additionally put a lien on the home to attempt to gather for the cleanup and courtroom prices. However Bradford says they’ve but to see a dime.
Estes desires the city to get powerful on Julian’s father, who owns the house. However Bradford says they’re reluctant to place a person who’s round age 80 in jail for his son’s junk.