WICHITA, Kan. -- A mystery flyer put on doors in a Wichita neighborhood has residents puzzled.
The flyer warns residents to clean up their property or face a possible citation and court case. Even city executives were scrambling to find out if the flyer is from the city or bogus.
Pam Simrell says she entered the closed-off area behind her southeast Wichita home, bought by her late husband, for the first time.
“I have not been back here,” she said. “I didn't even know I had a gate.”
Simrell said she didn’t even know it was her property, Learning that means it’s her responsibility to clean up the weeds and debris. She and neighbors got a flyer in their doors, reminding them of their responsibilities for maintaining property easements or face possible citations and court.
Simrell called City Hall and said the clerk’s office told her that’s not how they notify residents of complaints, saying the note could be bogus and she should file a police report.
“I don't know if somebody's trying to scare me or if it's from the city,” Simrell said.
Tom Stolz with Sedgwick County said the flyer is from the city’s neighborhood assistant. He said it was distributed to address specific nuisance problems in that area. Now, folks like Simrell know the flyer is real, but the woman on disability and small means says she doesn’t know how she’ll clean it up.
“I know if I'm responsible, I know I have to clean this up,” Simrell said. “I just don't have the money to do it.”
Stolz said Simrell did the right thing in making a police report when, at first, it wasn’t determined if the flyer was from the city.