You've heard of a grudge fence. Wait until Fact Finders show you one that grew with the tension among neighbors in a Gretna neighborhood. The homeowner who put it up has walked away leaving neighbors concerned about that and more.
The privacy fence has become a public hazard and neighbor Dave Distefano says his concerns are blowing in the wind. Dave Distefano says, "If we get a strong wind this whole thing is coming down and ending up everywhere in the neighborhood."
Neighbors complained excessive landscaping caused flooding in their yards and as a legal feud grew so did the fence. A privacy fence next door is code high at 6 feet. But the one behind is almost 12 feet. That amounts to a frontier fort.
Gretna city inspectors taped a list of code violations on the front door. But the family that lived here moved out six months ago. Before the bank sealed the house Dave looked inside. Dave Distefano says, "All the appliances were gone the cabinets gone."
Gretna’s building official tells Fact Finders he's frustrated the bank in control of the property has been slow to correct code issues like the fence. So he'll ask the city attorney what can be done legally and quickly neighbors hope.
Dave says, " I’m worried about the house being empty so long the bank is not going to be able to sell it. Then its just going to be an eyesore and decrease our property values."
Neighbors like Dave want to see abandoned property brought up to code and sold to someone who will replace the fence with one that's more neighborly.
If Gretna cuts through legal red tape and brings the property up to code then the bank will be billed or a lien filed so taxpayers will eventually be reimbursed. We've tried but so far no luck finding the homeowner.