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Homeowner Accused of Running Auto Repair Shop in Garage

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July 2, 2019—A Columbus, Ind., homeowner is being accused of running an auto repair shop out of his home, according to The Republic.

Alicia Higgins is now vowing to fight the city in court after code enforcement officer Fred Barnett cited violations of four municipal code and zoning ordinances.

Barnett sent a letter to Higgins identifying three violations of the City of Columbus municipal code and zoning ordinances, including operating an auto repair shop within an area zoned for residential use only, having inoperable vehicles parked on private and public property, and blocking sidewalks with vehicles.

The letter stated that resolving these violations would require ceasing operation at the auto repair shop at the home or moving the shop to an area in Columbus that is zoned for this type of business, removing all inoperable vehicles from the property and placing the vehicles on private property in a legally-conforming garage or other enclosure.

Higgins states that the household is not running an auto repair shop, and that all of the vehicles are owned by either herself, her husband, her brother, or another man, Russell Woodhouse.

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