UPDATE: THE HEARING HAS BEEN RESET TO 10 A.M. FEB. 10.
An evidentiary hearing has been set for Jan. 21 before a Trumbull County magistrate in Brookfield Township’s attempt to have Tommie and Kathy Norris Phillips held in contempt of court and secure permission to enter their property at 8085 Warren Sharon Road to remove junk vehicles and other items.
The trustees and the Phillipses signed a settlement agreement in October 2019 that calls for the removal or out-of-sight storage of “inoperable, junk or unlicensed vehicles” and “junk, garbage, refuse, litter and debris stored outside.”
The Phillipses were supposed to do the work themselves by Nov. 1, 2019, or the township could move in and do it. The Phillipses did not complete the job, and Tommie Phillips claimed the township had taken too long to act when officials tried to remove items on July 16, 2020.
The township filed its latest court request on Nov. 1.
The township also is asking that Brookfield police, the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Department, the Brookfield Road Department and/or a private contractor assist in the work, and that the Phillipses reimburse it for the removal costs, the time police are on site and attorneys fees incurred to file the contempt action.