Resident James Baltzer came to Canal Winchester Village Council looking for help Monday night. He didn't get it.

Resident James Baltzer came to Canal Winchester Village Council looking for help Monday night. He didn't get it.

Council voted unanimously 7-0 to uphold the planning and zoning commission's finding of fact and deny Baltzer a variance to build an addition to the garage of his Ashbrook Village home.

Earlier this year, Baltzer received a letter from the Ashbrook Village homeowners association (HOA) telling him he could not park his truck on the street in front of his house. If he did, Baltzer was told he could be fined by the HOA.

However, Baltzer's truck is too big to fit into his garage, so he asked the planning commission for a side yard setback variance so he could build a garage big enough for his truck.

In a 4-3 vote, the commission said no.

Baltzer then appealed to council members, who also said no.So, Baltzer is now stuck with a truck that is too big, a garage that is too small, an HOA that might fine him and local elected and appointed officials who denied both his request for a variance and an appeal.

"I've got 11 brothers and sisters," Baltzer told council Sept. 8 during his appeal of the planning commission's decision. "I've moved people from all over God's green earth more times than I can shake a stick at. I just want a doggone garage to put my truck in."Council members in general appeared sympathetic to Baltzer's situation, but indicated that it is between him and the homeowners association.

"I don't know why they (the HOA) are resisting that truck," Councilwoman Bobbie Mershon said on Sept. 8.

But council agreed that a variance for a garage was the wrong solution.

"To step into something like this, we don't have a leg to stand on," Councilwoman Leah Turner said. "We have no jurisdiction."

This is between Baltzer and the HOA, Turner said.

Planning commission member Mike Vasko said in August that granting Baltzer's variance request so he could enlarge his garage would create safety concerns and would be a "dangerous precedent to set."

"We've had similar variance requests and rejected them every time," Vasko said in August.