Resident Elbert Joiner has asked New Albany and Plain Township to help with golf balls he says are coming onto his property from the New Albany Links Golf Club driving range.

Resident Elbert Joiner has asked New Albany and Plain Township to help with golf balls he says are coming onto his property from the New Albany Links Golf Club driving range.

Joiner told New Albany Village Council Sept. 21 that he has collected about 5,000 golf balls since the driving range opened 10 years ago. His house, car and even members of his family have been hit, he said.

"I've had three people hit by balls that caused my insurance to go up," Joiner said.

Joiner has resided for 21 years at 10675 Johnstown Road in Plain Township on the edge of the village limits. He told council he has called New Albany Links and received no help with the problem.

Mayor Nancy Ferguson asked council if the village could do anything.

"I see your problem and I'm sympathetic to it," she said.

Ferguson asked if nets could be installed to prevent the balls from reaching Joiner's yard. Trees were planted at the edge of the property, but they do not always stop the balls from getting through.

She encouraged village staff members to contact officials at the Links to inquire about a solution.

Joe Ciminello, one of the owners of the Links, said the club has been monitoring the driving range and it limits golfers to irons only on the range. Irons launch a golf ball less distance than drivers.

Ciminello said the average iron can send a ball 60 to 180 yards.

"(Joiner's) house is 250 yards away," he said.

Ferguson and council member Colleen Briscoe asked Joiner if he had contacted an attorney about the issue. Village attorney Mitch Banchefsky said the case seemed like a private nuisance issue than something that could involve the village.

Plain Township administrator Ben Collins said he also checked into the zoning on the Links property when contacted by Joiner. After determining the zoning process was done correctly, he said there did not seem to be anything the township could do to help.

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