Codes department awaits response from hoarder

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 11:00pm

A woman fined more than $6,000 for essentially mimicking a salvage store on her property has until Nov. 27 to challenge the recent court ruling, with the Metro Department of Codes and Building Safety saying Monday it is prepared to respond to an appeal.

Bill Penn, Metro codes assistant director of the Property Standards Division, said Jennie Harris ranks among the city’s most noteworthy hoarders of this century. Codes has dealt with Harris, who lives at 228 Ewing Drive in north Nashville, since 2000 and has used three inspectors to address the matter. Typically, a codes violation case involves no more than two inspectors spanning the case's time period, Penn said.

On Oct. 27, Davidson County General Sessions Court fined Harris $6,258 ($50 per day spanning multiple weeks) and gave her one month to comply.

The Ewing Drive address is the second residence at which the codes department has cited Harris.

“She has built storage facilities on her property to accommodate all the stuff,” Penn said. “There is probably enough — if not more — to fill the type commercial tractor trailer you see on the highway.”

Penn said Harris has “at least half a dozen junk vehicles” on her property.

“You name it, it’s there,” Penn said. “I don’t know where she’s getting all this stuff.”

Penn said codes department inspectors will revisit the property in about 30 days, giving Harris time to appeal, to see if the woman has complied.

Harris could not be reached for comment.