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OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro man is locked in a battle with the city over a bill for hundreds of dollars.

The city said it had to remove yard waste and debris from the man's property.

But he claims the mess wasn't his and certainly wasn't on his property.

It’s no longer Ray’s Country Café; soon it will be another restaurant.

Andrew Clay owns the building at May Ave. and Reno as well as the property around it.

As the building sat empty, Oklahoma City code enforcement asked Clay to clean up.

When it didn't happen someone came in and did it for him and the city then sent him the bill.

"They told me that $545 bill was being sent for collection," Clay said.

But Clay said what the city cleaned wasn't all on his property.

He claims the city is billing him for a mess that is actually belongs to his neighbors.

“It's one thing to pay for something that is your problem, something that you caused, but entirely different when you're paying for something that has nothing to do with you,” he said.
"He assumed that the debris we were talking about was not on his property,” Charles Locke said, with Oklahoma City code enforcement. “I told him we would re-measure it"

City officials said it measured the property lines and confirmed that the area in question was Clay's property.

"We actually make the contractor take before-and-after pictures of the property so that guarantees, you know, the work was performed,” Locke said.

But Clay insists the city is billing the wrong person.

"I just don't think it is fair for me to pay for something that is not mine," he said.

Code enforcement officials said what they are doing isn’t uncommon.

They said they cite hundreds of property owners each year.