Jury trial expected over messy lawn


After fighting for years with Rian White over odds and ends—some call it junk—scattered on his Fanning Avenue property in Springs, East Hampton Town officials are seeking to try him for alleged town code violations, according to Assistant Town Attorney Madeleine Narvilas.

Mr. White has been cited repeatedly by town code enforcement officers for having unregistered cars, a wooden shed and a collection of old appliances and other items on his property. He is set appear in East Hampton Town Justice Court on May 12, Ms. Narvilas said, after which his case is expected to go to a jury trial.

Mr. White is facing two separate charges of building a structure without a building permit or a certificate of occupancy, as well as charges of keeping unregistered vehicles on his property, failing to maintain his property free of litter, and illegally displaying a sign.

In September, the Town Board passed a resolution authorizing town employees to clean up Mr. White’s property themselves and bill him. When a group of workers came to his house in October, they appeared confused about what they were legally allowed to take and soon left without taking anything.

Although Town Supervisor Bill McGintee promised in an interview in December that the town would make another, better planned effort to clean up the property by April, Ms. Narvilas said that town officials are not planning to come to the property to clean it up.

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