A disabled Delaware man who likes to work on cars in his garage is under attack by neighbors who want government bullies to step in and dictate what he’s allowed to do on private property.
Charles Williams, a resident of Delaware’s Cape Region, has a four car garage complete with a lift adjacent to his home. Williams built the garage for his auto repair hobbies with county approval after selling some property in 1999.
But his neighbors are suing the grease monkey, alleging that he’s running an illegal car repair business.
Via Cape Gazette:
For six years, three property owners on Martin Farm Road have waged a battle against Williams over his four-car garage that they say he is using to run a car repair business. His immediate neighbor, Margaret Foulke, said she has complained hundreds of times to Sussex County officials about noise, odors and traffic coming from Williams’ property, while neighbors John and Carol Kane, who live about 800 feet down the street, have complained about what they say is an illegal building on the property. “And we got nowhere,” Carol Kane said.
In 2014, the Kanes, Foulke and Foulke’s nephew, Robert Walker Jr. – who used to live in a house next to Williams on land bought from Williams – filed a suit against Williams in Chancery Court, hoping to stop him from working on cars in his garage and force him to tear down the structure that they say was built illegally.
According to the report, the angry neighbors have spent more than $40,000 suing Williams over the garage. They want him forced to tear the building down and to pay more than $200,000 in fines.
Not that it should really matter, but Williams told local news reporters that he only routinely works on his own vehicles, as well as those belonging to family and friends, in the shop.
The wrenching fan says he’s never billed anyone for repairs in the garage.
Still, in an effort to assuage his neighbors’ complaints Williams applied for a conditional use license that would have allowed him to charge for repairs in the shop— but the application was denied.
He’s also modified his daily habits: “Due to my neighbor’s complaints, I keep my noise to an absolute minimum and do not do anything after 8 p.m.”
The property owner has reportedly spent more than $20,000 defending himself, and the number will continue to rise. That’s because the nosey neighbors say they intend to keep harassing Williams through the legal system until they get their way.
Williams explained the ordeal further during a Reddit AMA Friday.
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