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Four year construction project frustrates Poland villagers

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POLAND, Ohio - Residents in one Poland Village neighborhood, say they've been patient for more than four years while a neighbor remodeled his home but, they've now reached their tipping point.

The neighbors along Poland Manor say it was 2010 when Bret Barnhizer began renovating a home along the well-kept street. Since then they say he's added a third floor, redone the roof and installed windows - but not much else.

"The Barnhizer family is a wonderful family that I've known my whole life and they are a great family from Poland," said Neighbor Jennie Phillips, "So this is not a vendetta against Bret, it's just a time out. It's four and a half years, it's just too long."

About 35 neighbors from the community stressed their frustration to Village Council on Tuesday evening. Some said they're not only tired of looking at the construction site, but that it's starting to the affect their property values.

Council officials said that Barnhizer is required to abate what they declare is a "nuisance." They've cited him with minor-misdemeanor where he could be fined up to $150-dollars but they're now also considering citing him with a civil code violation. This could fine him $100 dollar per day, until the issue is resolved.

"The goal is to try and get him to do something he has not done up to this point, which is simply to make his home look as nice as the other homes in Poland," said Village Solicitor Anthony Dapolito.

Barnhizer was not in attendance at the meeting, however 21 News was able to reach him by phone. When asked why construction has taken more than four years to complete, he offered no comment.

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