DELAWARE, Ohio -- It's a back and forth that's been going for years now and now a Delaware home owner is fed up. A retaining wall in his subdivision that's become a dangerous eyesore, falling over just steps from his home.
Phil Weiker told ABC6 that he has some major concerns. Here's the issue, no one will fix the wall because it's not clear who actually owns the property. It's a back and forth between the local homeowners association and a neighboring golf course. Right now, everyone is saying, it's not their responsibility.
When Phil Weiker moved into Dornoch Estates in Delaware a few years back, he knew this would be the perfect community for life in retirement. The Delaware Golf Club is literally steps from his front door.
"I like the golf course here and I like to play golf," said Weiker.
What he didn't imagine, a crumbling retaining wall. Along with cement blocks that are slowly falling by the day. He told ABC6 he thinks it's pretty dangerous.
"Eventually it started to tilt and it tilted more and more until it got to the point it collapsed several years ago. I'd like to see it repaired properly and maintained," said Weiker.
He told ABC6 that it's been an ongoing problem for two years now. He's contacted the city, the county, the township, the golf club and talked to the homeowners association. He told ABC6 that he's gotten no answers.
ABC6 went to the owners of the Delaware Golf Club to try to piece all this together as well. Turns out, there's a pretty good reason for the confusion. It seems no one truly know who's responsibility it is to fix the wall, or who put it up in the first place..
The HOA believes the wall falls on the golf clubs property. The owners of the club told ABC6 that it's on Delaware Township property. Township trustees told ABC6 that it's the golf clubs wall. The back and forth can get confusing.
Also, there's a bit more to this story. With a bit of research, ABC6 found that the golf club and the HOA have been going back and forth in court for years. Numerous issues between the two sides. The problem wall is just the latest problem.
Weiker told ABC6 that he simply wants it all sorted out, before the issue gets worse.
"It's hard to believe people want to leave something like this and there's not more of an effort to get it repaired," said Weiker.
ABC6 spoke with the chairman of the Delaware Township Trustees. He said that he believes the wall falls on the property of the golf club and is their responsibility to fix. However, since there's so much confusion on the issue he's contacted the county engineer. The township plans to survey the area next week once again to try to determine who's property it is. Once it's determined who owns the property, there's hope the issue will be resolved.