City reviews Sam Jennings Co.'s cleanup, opts not to cite

A dispute between the Sam Jennings Co. and Medford officials has been defused after the business tidied up and city officials decided not to issue a citation.

"They backed way off, but I still haven't heard about our sidewalks," said Dan Reisinger, who runs Sam Jennings.

The business, which has operated for 90 years, received complaints from Mayor Gary Wheeler and others for a variety of problems that were mostly about the way the business looked.

Officials from code enforcement, the Planning Department, the Public Works Department and other departments descended on the business over the past week to investigate the complaints, which included cracked sidewalks.

The Medford Public Works Department has mailed out a letter citing the defects in the sidewalk and giving Sam Jennings 30 days to make the repairs. The business hasn't received the letter yet.

"They can request an extension," said Cory Crebbin, public works director.

Crebbin said the letter explains that the city is not responsible if anyone is injured as a result of the cracked sidewalks.

Workers at Sam Jennings graded the lot, removed storage containers and cleaned up the property.

Reisinger said one sticking point is a fence at the corner of Fourth Street and Riverside Avenue. He said city officials said the fence blocks visibility for motorists attempting to turn left as they travel eastbound on Fourth onto Riverside.

Reisinger said he pointed out that many buildings in the downtown are built right up against the sidewalk, which would also block visibility.

"I'm not taking that fence down," he said.

— Damian Mann

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