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Parkville pet cemetery owner gets ultimatum to clean up property


TO ALL OF THOSE GRADES
THE OK’S HAS THE ANSWERS. — THEO HAYES HAS THE ANSWERS. THEO: DOZENS OF PETS ARE BURIED
HERE. 3.5 ACRES OF FILLED WITH
TOMBSTONES B WITH NAMES UP A
— OF BELOVED PETS. IT DATES BACK TO THE 1930’S.>>THERE WOULD BE LINES OF
LIMOUSINES. IT WAS FASCINATING. THEO: CYNTHIA GREW UP ACROSS THE
STREET FROM THE CEMETERY. SEEING THE PLACE RESTORED IS
ONE OF PERMISSIONS.>>IT HIS PLACE — A PLACE OF
LOVE. THEO: THIS IS WHA THE CEMETERY
LOOKS LIKE 10 YEARS AGO WHEN
JOHN WILLIAMS PURCHASED THE
PROPERTY.>>IN 1983. THEO: AN OVERGROWN FORESTS. HE THOUGHT HE WOULD MAKE MONEY
BUT DID NOT REALIZE THE CEMETERY
WAS RUNNING OUT OF SPACE. THE FIRST-YEAR BUSINESS
STOPPED.>>I THINK IT WAS A BAD
DECISION. THEO:. OVERTIME THE PROPERTY
FELL INTO DISARRAY
SINCE 2009 THE COUNTY HAS
ISSUED NUMEROUS VIOLATIONS
TOTALLY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARSIN
FINES. TH PROBLEMS INVOLVE THINGS LIKE
TRASH, TALL GRASS AND WEEDS.>>WE ARE TRYING TO KEEP THE
PROPERTY, 3.5 ACRES CLEAN AND NO
INCOME COMING IN, IT CAN BE
HARD. THEO: THE COUNTY COUNCILMAN SAYS
THE CEMETERY IS A GROWING
CONCERN. IT IS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE
AND IT IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO
CLEAN UP.>>WE WILL HAVE TO GET A PIECE
OF THE CLAIMANT IN TH– PIECE
OF EQUIPMENT IN THERE. THEO: WEDDINGS IS GRATEFUL FOR
HER WHO HELPED TO MANAGE THE
PROPERTY. THEY HAVE HAULED AWAY TRASH, CUT
DOWN TREES, PULLED WEEDS AND THI
NGS HAVE COME ALONG BUT THERE IS
MORE WORK TO BE DONE. IN SEPTEMBER BALTIMORE COUNTY
TOOK JOHN WILLIAMS TO COURT
REQUIRING HIM T CLEAN THE PLACE
UP. HE HAS SIX MONTHS. IF THE COURT IS SATISFIED, THEY
COULD WAIVE THE CIVIL FEES. IF NOT, THE LAND COULD GET
CONDEMNED AND WINGS COULD LOSE
IT.>>THAT IS AN INCENTIVE FOR HIM
TO CLEAN THIS UP. IF NOT THE COUNTY HAS A LOOK AT
OTHER ACTIONS. THEO: THAT COULD INCLUDE TURNING
IT OVER TO A CUSTODIAN LIKE
NEIGHBOR SPACE. IT’S A NONPROFIT THAT RICK
ACQUIRES LAND AND TURNS IT INTO
PARKS AND GARDENS, HE SAID THE
GRAVE SITES WOULD STAY INTACT
BUT FOR WILLIAMS IT WOULD BE A
LOSS.>>WE DON’T WANTO ELIMINATE
THE PROPERTY. THEO HE WANTS TO BRING THE LAND
BACK TO THE CEMETERY ONCE WAS.>>THERE IS A GREAT LEGACY HERE. BEEN HERE SO LONG. WE HAVE GRAVES DATING BACK TO
1939. HEO: HE IS WORKING ON PLANS TO
BUILD A CREMATORIUM. THE COURTS WILL REVISIT THE
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