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Round 2: Downtown Property Owner Ticketed Again Over Fence

Dan Nicholson, of Nicholson Logging & Lumber, disputed some of Mayor Gary Golinski's public statements in the on-going property maintenance dispute.

Downtown business owner Dan Nicholson was back at the meeting Tuesday after receiving another citation for an alleged dilapidated fence at 206 Heustis St.

Nicholson, of , disputed some of the comments Golinski made to local media after during a meeting’s public comment session. Nicholson was fined $950 for the dilapidated fence and given until Monday to fix it.

City staff went to his business Tuesday, noted the fence had not been repaired and issued another ticket, said Krysti Barksdale-Noble, Yorvkille’s community development director. He was assigned a Dec. 14 adjudication hearing date, but city inspectors will visit the property before then to provide details about any progress at the hearing, she said.

Nicholson has suggested that the ordinance violation ticket is connected with his refusal to sell his property to one of Golinski’s friends and his work on former Mayor Valerie Burd’s campaign. (Golinski beat her by in the April election.)

“You had made it quite known that you would be coming after me after the election to any number of people,” Nicholson said at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Golinski has denied the ticket and related fine has political undertones or is related to a potential property sale.

Nicholson took exception to Golinski’s claims that Golinski had offered to help him “clean up” the property and that Golinski didn’t remember Nicholson asking to meet privately to discuss the property. But Nicholson offered an invitation for Golinski to meet him at the property at 5 p.m. Friday so they could clean it up together.

“In conclusion, Mr. Golinski, I believe you to be a liar,” Nicholson said at the City Council meeting. “But I’m willing to make a good-faith effort to attempt to make an honest man out of you. Be in front of my business at 5 p.m. this Friday and be ready to get to work cleaning up.”

Golinski did not respond to him during the City Council meeting. But during a break in the meeting, when asked by local reporters, Golinski said he wasn’t available Friday. He is going camping with Boy Scouts at Starved Rock State Park.

Katy K November 10, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Typical political BS in the great state of Illinois. Shame on you Mayor!!!!
hayley November 10, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Katy! Drive down East Van Emmon and you will see the lot in question. In my opinion, having grown up living 3 doors down from the lot, it SHOULD be cleaned up or fenced properly. If downtown Yorkville is to be a bustling city center in the future, the eyesore can at least be surrounded by a legit fence. Raccoons, possums, trash, broken down cars, piles of unused lumber, falling down buildings. Come on. If we had that in our yard, we would be fined too. It has been this way for years. THANK YOU Mayor, for finally saying and doing something.
balderthanu November 10, 2011 at 06:37 PM
Our mayor is a little, energetic cowboy with his own posse of thugs....
Chuck Horaz November 10, 2011 at 09:36 PM
Everytime I have driven by the Saw Mill since I moved to Yorkville 11 years ago, I wondered how this owner gets away with this inside of the City Limits. It is not just wood it is Junk vehicles parked outside the so called fence, The fence has looked the same since I moved in . I have to say what fence? You can see the whole mess when you drive by. I feel sorry for the neighbors that have to look at it everyday. The Saw Mill property is a discrace and the owner needs to be fined to clean it up. How has he been getting away with it for so long . It is a eyesore to say the least and it may be polluted too.
anymous November 11, 2011 at 02:19 AM
Hey guys here's an idea, if it's such an eye sore don't look at it. This is a private business owner. I am so tired of people complaining about things being uniform and neat, especially when they are complaining about private property. Its his property, as long as what he is doing is legal who is he harming? Your eyes. If it's such a problem move.
Ken Koch November 11, 2011 at 03:44 AM
Hey Everyone, Got a even better idea. Why doesn't the Illinois EPA get a call on this slum area. With all the junk vehicles and their leaks, the area is probably contaminated. I bet there is rodent issues as well as other health concerns that anyone living next to it should be concerned about.
Model Box November 11, 2011 at 01:22 PM
Ken, you are hitting on a big problem. This site was Model Box factory in the 50's-70's and burned down many years ago. They used toxic paints and cleaners back then before the EPA. That site may be a site that will need cleaning before it can be built or disturbed in any way. Check the site's history.
Glass is half full November 11, 2011 at 01:52 PM
"I have been a property owner and business in Yorkville for 25 years, incidentally, 3 times longer than you have lived here" It appears the anti business bully mayor has met his match. Mr. Nicholson is standing up in public and stating facts.
hayley November 11, 2011 at 03:52 PM
City ordinances are put in pace for a reason, public safety. A dilapidated fence is against the law. He can leave it a mess in there, whatever. Just follow the law just as everyone else has to do.
The Fighting Fox November 11, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Without a doubt I would have to say Mr. Nicholson has a property that does not distinguish itself as much more than a junkyard, and I would consider myself amongst the many who sincerely wish he would erect a proper fence and maintain it appropriately but with that being said it brings my heart joy to see the man stand up to Mayor Golinski. As I see it Goliski and his leadership is the biggest blight on our community today. Need some examples, read on; moving forward with the intention to forcibly annex private property, the appointments of former Mayor Prochaska to the Plan Commission and the re-appointment of Joanne Gryder to the Library Board, and then presiding over the “legal money laundering” to bail out her mismanagement at the Library, Dissolving the Governing Ordinance, Dissolving the Human Resources Committee, and voting to give a no bid $103,000.00 contract to his buddy’s Engineering firm he dissolved the Engineering Department. Unfortunately for us this only took him a few months, what will we be left with when his four years is up? Maybe we should worry about getting Mayor Golinski fenced in before he creates as big of a mess as Mr. Nicholson has.
cookcountyyorkville November 11, 2011 at 07:44 PM
I wonder why he didn't just have his little, yapping, obedient poodle Hart go take care of it. He could of nipped his ankles until he cleaned it up. LOL
Dock Ellis November 11, 2011 at 08:18 PM
This place is a dump. Quit making excuses, Mr. Nicholson and CLEAN IT UP.
Glass is half full November 11, 2011 at 08:29 PM
Deborah, Mayor Burd had multi million dollar messes to clean up from the Prochaska Administration. I expect the similar messes when this mayor's 4 years are up too, maybe worse.
EShomeboy November 11, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Ha ha or better yet we should send him over to his house with his car, a 12 pack and a broken breath machine. LMFAO
Dock Ellis November 11, 2011 at 10:28 PM
To the people who still are hung up about the whole Burd-Golinski election nonsense, it's over. It's done. She lost. Move on. Stop making excuses for this junkyard owner - he needs to CLEAN UP his property. It isn't hard to do, to paraphrase John Lennon. Get a dumptruck out there and a tow truck and haul that stuff away, build a proper fence around your property and you won't have to worry about being fined. Mr. Nicholson you will CONTINUE to be fined until you clean up your blighted property.
D. Smith November 12, 2011 at 05:00 AM
I thought Yorkville made it clear that it does not want a dump in or around town. This is a dump. Drop the political nonsense and clean up the mess.
Beth Johnso December 16, 2011 at 07:47 PM
This property has been a mess and an eyesore for the last 30 years. One of the reason for the fence was to keep children out--it's dangerous in there! And for those of us that lived on Van Emmon (I did, but moved, partly because of this trashy property) you could see rats inside and outside of the mill. Did anyone mention the problems they had getting Mr. Nicholson to put bathroom facilities in his building instead of using a bucket and the river? What a shame to have such a nice neighborhood blighted by an unproductive piece of property. D. Smith is right--this is a dump and it doesn't belong in town.

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