Ryan Burkhart is afraid his neighbor’s rotting retaining wall is about to collapse.
“If the wall gives way, and someone is walking by, it could kill them,” he said, pointing to the stack of railroad ties loosely held by spikes along his fence line. Burkhart is worried enough that he’s held off on plans to landscape his own backyard and build a play area for his son.
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What: A homeowner’s backyard retaining wall made of railroad ties is rotting and on the verge of falling onto a neighbor’s property.
Who’s responsible: The city of Austin’s Code Compliance Department cited the homeowner in March but nothing has changed, says a neighbor. The wall has yet to be repaired.
What they say: City officials say the next step is taking the case to the Building and Standards Commission where the homeowner could face heavy fines. The homeowner, who is out of state tending to family matters, says she is working with a contractor to get the site fixed.