I am writing to strongly urge the citizens of Norwalk Township to not re-elect John Riley to the position of trustee.
On July 9, at about 9 a.m., I heard something sounding like hail battering my house. Through the window I saw Riley operating a vehicle with a large mower deck on a moveable arm. He was cutting down my privacy hedges just feet from my house, so I rushed outside. By then he had butchered 200 feet of privets, to within inches of the ground. (They had been bout 12 feet high). He had also cut two small trees in half vertically. When I confronted him as to why he was doing this, he was rude, discourteous and threatened to come back later and cut down more.
Through his reckless actions he caused $1,000 damage to my automobile and over $2,600 damage to my home and property. The flying debris created a hazard to my family and property and even broke a second-story window.
This is in violation of the Ohio Revised Code, Section 5547.03, which requires five days notice must be given a property owner before any such actions can be taken. Besides violating the law, someone could have been severely injured; pointed branches and other debris covered our property and even our roof. Large pointed sticks were thrown over 45 fee from the road's edge. He left our property looking like a disaster area, as if a tornado had hit.