JUNCTION¿CITY¿— James Albert Coontz got mad as a hornet Wednesday afternoon after learning that his home on West Grubbs Lane was featured on the front page of The Advocate-Messenger in a story about Junction City filing lawsuits against property owners to collect maintenance fees on unkempt lots.
“It hit the newspaper before I knew anything about it,” Coontz said later Wednesday during an interview at Hardee’s.
Coontz is named as defendant in a lawsuit filed last week in Boyle Circuit Court that alleges he owes the city $3,000 for 10 separate clean-ups of his property by city employees between May 2010 and August 2011, and also $40.32 in back taxes. The lawsuit requests the sale of the property to pay the overdue fees.
The lawsuit cites the property deed on file at the courthouse showing Coontz bought the property in January 2011. Coontz maintains, however, that he just purchased the foreclosed property on Jan. 10 and did a title search with his attorney that showed no liens or other encumbrances against the small lot and two-story home at the intersection of West Grubbs Lane and U.S. 127 that he is currently remodeling and plans to move into.