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Neighbors Upset Over "Bird Sanctuary"

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by Chris Conte

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. - Residents on Sunset Drive in Fayetteville say they've had enough of one of their neighbors who refuses to cut down dead trees and trim bushes on public property because he claims his land is a bird sanctuary.

"If it's being called a bird sanctuary then I'm letting my grass start growing and say it's for goats. It can be a goat sanctuary," explains Sheila Manly.

Sheila has lived on the street for the last 15 years.  The problem she says, is that her neighbor has trees and branches that fall onto her house and puncture holes in the roof.  She describes the property filled with trees and debris as "a nuisance."

"I'm tired of his crap doing damage to my property. And his bushes grow into the sidewalk. The city put this sidewalk in for a reason, a sidewalk is for people to walk on, not for him to grow his bushes on," she adds.

According to city documents, the owner of troubled property, 200 Sunset Drive is John Edmonson who wasn't available to comment for this story on Wednesday.

City officials told NewsChannel 5 they were issuing Edmonson a whole host of city code violations including having "limbs of trees on his property that project out over any street, alley, or sidewalk."

Edmonson has 30 days to respond to the citations either by fixing the problems or taking the city to court.

"Even if it were a bird sanctuary, it's not even safe for the birds," Sheila adds.


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