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North Royalton residents concerned about their yards looking like prisons

Posted at 6:53 PM, Oct 16, 2017

Residents in one North Royalton neighborhood are worried their scenic yards will soon look like prison yards.

One property owner is building a large chain-link fence around 60 acres of his property. Around 40 neighbors will be able to view this fence from their yards, and they are not happy about that.

Denise Torowski lives on Roanoke Court. She said she loves the view of her backyard and she can't imagine what she calls an ugly chain-linked fence surrounding it. 

“It's going to look like an institutional fence,” she said. “We look at our yard now, and we see beautiful woods.”

Torowski is also concerned about property values in her neighborhood going down.

As for the property owner putting up the fence, he said people have been trashing his 60-acre property for decades.

“Over and over again,” said Mike Kaminsky. “People have been trashing my property, throwing junk on it. Dirt bikes have also been terrorizing us. I'm sorry for any inconvenience that I may have caused, that's not the point. The point is to be left alone and live here in peace.”

Kaminsky has already started putting in the fence. He said he filed a request through the city's zoning board and got the approval to add the fence.

However, the neighbors said they are not giving up. They plan to file an appeal within the next 12 days to overturn the city's decision.