BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - An eight-year case over backyard debris at a home in Burlington, Vt., is headed to the state's environmental court.
The Burlington Free Press reports neighbors have complained about conditions at the small white ranch home since 2006. The property is owned by Jeannie Kail Vento, president of Speeder & Earl's Coffee Roastery, who has declined to comment. She lives there with her husband, Arthur Vento, a retired postal worker.
Arthur Vento said he has sought help for a hoarding problem and has worked to clean up his yard in response to city orders. The Ventos have paid about $5,200 in penalties in response to city zoning enforcement actions, but the city contends the property remains in violation of zoning rules.
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