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June 10th, 2013 — Code Enforcement, Sioux Falls
I guess the city is sending engineers (again) door to door to see who’s sump pump goes into the sewer line. By law, you don’t have to let them in unless of course you want them snooping around your property.
In all fairness, if they do stop by, I would ask them these questions;
1) Do you have a search warrant?
2) What is the ‘real’ purpose of this visit?
3) Did you vote for Mike Huether for mayor?
Of course I could add to this list, but I think I will let my commenters take a shot at it.
June 9th, 2013 — Code Enforcement, sfmonkey.org
What reactions are you getting, any from city hall? Attorneys? Citizens?
City Hall has not contacted me. At one time there was a private meeting with the council. They considered reimbursing me for my legal expenses but most councilors and the mayor vetoed. Private attorneys use my case to dismiss lawsuits the city files. I’ve made attorneys aware of the suit. I offer my card and testimony should they need me for a pertinent case. Citizens are a big disappointment. Their initial reaction is they’d accept city demands before they’d go to court. I, myself, shall always protect and defend my constitutional rights. I’ll use all of my energy and assets if necessary.
Tell us about Zamby, Vietnam monkey story. Also, is Zamby (the monkey) a reflection of how the city ‘monkey’s around’ with citizens and our tax dollars? Also talk about your service to the country.
I inherited a monkey in Vietnam. He’d ride on the canvas over jeeps or trucks. Monkeys have no intestines and surge without warning, messy. They’re good companions. He’d go ape in the bunker and wake us to shoot huge rats. A cat would work better. Citizens are like monkeys. They lack intuition and awareness. They follow one leader. Works if the leader is not a self-centered greedy arrogant narcissist. We’re no longer an all American city. More like Jonestown, South Africa or a David Koresh compound. Tax dollars, my grievance is we should do more for the majority (our working class). They work 12 hour days and don’t have the interest or energy for tennis or pickleball. They can’t afford concerts coming to the EC.
I was a US Army artillery surveyor in Vietnam. I travelled with infantry into new battery placements. Guard duty was in a 90′ tower spotting enemy mortar tube flashes. I knew it was coming because of the 50 cal machine gun spray beforehand. I went into Cambodia 50 miles with special forces and mercenaries. Nixon said no further than 21.7 mi., bullcrap. I turned in my Mattel M-16 and bought a grease gun. I also had a 40mm grenade launcher with HE, WP, shotgun, and flare bandolier. Lots of stories. To much for here. I get VA benefits for Agent Orange Heart Disease (5 surgeries) & PTSD.
Talk about the city lawsuit? What you had to go through for 7 years. What about assistant city attorney, Shawn Tornow’s involvement.
The matter started in 2003. My background is land surveyor and real estate. I reviewed city ordinances. Adding to your driveway did not require city approval. On my block of 30 homes, there were 13 similar driveway extensions the city had no zoning exceptions for. I would have compromised. The only solution the city gave was remove it or we’ll fine you $150 per day till you do. I appealed and went to 4 city hearings. One was 8 hours long. They denied another (with 5 city directors) happened. I proved it did. It became necessary to appeal into circuit court. At some point, they dropped the driveway argument and the suit became a constitutional matter. I won but my uncompensated cost was $50k. The city, not I, appealed into SD State Supreme Court. At this point, 3 law firms had participated. One agreed to handle the case pro bono. Legal research was free from the SD School of Law. There was some back and forth but the city lost. They hired a private law firm to suppress the matter. I’d like to find out what grade school Shawn Tornow (then city attorney) learned law from. He’d not show up for court and wouldn’t comply with court orders. His defense was to make it last. It did for 5 years via 30 minute court dates. Each time (I lost count), he’d delay to a future date. He was terminated (but not because of my lawsuit–the rumor is he was caught trying to ‘fix a traffic violation ticket’ for one of his kids). There’s no reward for fighting city hall. I’d do it again but don’t recommend it.
Talk about how much it cost you, not just financially, but health wise & personal relationships.
My spouse of 23 years moved out before the Supreme Court decision. There was to much duress for her. She watched my hypertension become a problem. I had financial issues from the suit and nearly lost my home. It was important to hold it but hard to live in a big house alone, lots of memories. Tornow had recruited my neighbor to harass me with false police reports. There were a dozen or more per year. Police (in force) would come to my door. Their intent was to provoke and come up with a charge. I’m a disabled senior. My neighbor (a large man) and his two 20 something sons would threaten me often. He served me a little known protection order process meant for battered women and we ended up in court. I travel for business and proved his accusations were times I was out of town. I wanted the court to require his mental evaluation. He would lose his professional medical license so he agreed to move. The code enforcer came to my home probably a hundred times. He’d sit outside evenings in his personal car. Sometimes there would be a rent car outside with a big guy taking pictures. Many times, I’d carry a concealed pistol when I was working in my yard. I live in a small townhouse now. I want to be sure I have a vote in city elections and I want to speak at some public comment council meeting sessions. I choose to be an active outsider discouraging people and business from locating in Sioux Falls. Surrounding communities are not the crime syndicate the city of Sioux Falls has become. They have midwest values and government of, by, and for the people. This area is ripe. Move here for sure but locate in Brandon, Tea, or Harrisburg.
Unconstitutional city fine / fee process. Explain to people how the city can’t sue you anymore. Idle threats, harassment, etc.
Ignore all city fines, fees, permits, etc. They’ve refused (since 2008) to revise ordinances and charter to allow appeals into court. They’ll try to get you into small claims court. Appear but state you want your case heard in circuit court. Small claims is voluntary, you have this option. They’ll not file suit in circuit court because the case is dismissed. They can’t sue you because they do not comply with South Dakota Civil Procedures (each and every point). They have a Writ of Certiorari exempting them from lawsuits. They’ll use it if investors sue for default on EC bonds. Simply, they can’t sue you and you can’t sue them. Why do we have a city government who can’t enforce rule of law or force action? Idle threats, certainly. It’s hard not to laugh out loud. They’re ignorant, they should be angry they can’t enforce anything. There should be code enforcement once democracy is restored. One of the present code enforcers is a bully who was ‘dismissed’ from the highway patrol and the city of Yankton. A code enforcer is not a peace officer. He/she must not have a badge nor have arrest capability. Cities must at first use a diplomatic way to deal with citizens. If the city calls a hearing and serves you properly (certified mail or sheriff’s deputy) go but bring a voice recorder. If it’s serious or a big dollar amount, bring an attorney and court reporter. See how fast the hearing is cancelled. If they continue – you should (certified) send a letter opting for a court appeal in lieu of a city hearing. You’ll not hear from them again. What’s sad about city absence of authority is they can no longer stop or restrict the number of casinos, asian massage parlors, nude juice bars, etc..
Why do you want others to join in? Talk about censorship and transparency in local government.
I’ve learned not enough citizens care. I probably shouldn’t either. The city has no authority. They can sit in council chambers acting important and refining ordinances so long as we (the people) don’t have to respond, comply, or even listen. The few of us who do care would like to have something to say. There is public comment with potential city doctoring/manipulation or at the end of a session. SIRE, the online meeting viewing software still doesn’t work after many years of malfunction. This is either blatant soft censorship or incompetence–probably both. Our local newspaper and broadcast media will not report city unconstitutional actions or city harassment. City spending is non-competitive bid (the mayor has the authority to pick any bid, low or high). The mayor decides everything and hires ‘favorable’ suppliers/contractors. Most on the council are in bed with the mayor. The council decides you can’t text and drive but you can read an email. It was suspected that many EC contracts were in the works before the location and vote even took place. Heck, the planning department was following the new Shape SF zoning procedures before the council even passed it. Some bond money probably goes straight to the contractor before being approved by the council. The city has new revenue from sales tax growth. Politicians and public project developers are getting rich but the citizens can’t afford milk for their children.
Tell us about code enforcement, what you think is good, what you think is bad.
Code enforcement takes common sense, people skills, and pertinent knowledge complimented with ongoing education and training. The city has one goon. There used to be a city personnel office. If you walk in there, you can’t find anybody. I made 4 formal complaints against the code enforcer. None were answered. It’s all bad, anything is improvement.
June 3rd, 2013 — Code Enforcement, Sioux Falls
From the AL;
Historic area’s sidewalk brigade will scout smooth path to fitness
They will pick up litter as they go as part of the neighborhood’s almost annual spring cleanup. But they will have a new purpose this year to check sidewalks for bumps, cracks, debris and other hazards and then report the results to City Hall.
I wonder if they will get special armbands? So now he has volunteer kids turning people in for code enforcement issues. Here’s an idea, change city ordinance so the city is responsible for fixing THEIR property instead of the adjoining property owner. WE’RE in great financial shape, according to MMM. Heil Huether!
April 17th, 2013 — Code Enforcement, Sioux Falls
Just as the mayor is telling everyone to be ‘neighborly’ they decide to send out this insert telling you how to turn in your neighbors for having old cars and such. Don’t forget to post it on your refrigerator!
April 10th, 2013 — Code Enforcement, Sioux Falls
SAVE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD PETITION
Thanks again to those who gave their time Thursday night to gather as a neighborhood and discuss the next steps in our collective efforts to keep our neighborhood safe.
As usual, there was a lot of dialogue and we are so fortunate to have dozens of knowledgeable, talented and engaged residents committed to maintaining a high quality of life for our families.
The consensus was to proceed with a petition for a referendum of Shapes Places – the city’s new zoning ordinance passed last month.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
This means we are trying to recall the Shapes Places zoning ordinance that was adopted on March 19, 2013.
WHAT DOES THIS REQUIRE?
First and foremost, signatures! We need to gather 5,300 signatures by April 19. In order to obtain the 5,300 signatures in this short period of time WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
February 6th, 2013 — Code Enforcement, Sioux Falls
And if that part didn’t make you die laughing, consider the first bullet point. Turning your neighbors into narcs. I wonder if they will be handing out free armbands for their ‘neighborhood volunteer code enforcement agents’
They seem to be a bit confused. Community service are things like snow removal, police protection, street repair, etc., etc. Harassing citizens because you don’t like the way their flower pots look and fining them isn’t exactly ‘community service’.
What planet are these people from? Geesh!
January 20th, 2013 — Code Enforcement, Sioux Falls
A South DaCola foot soldier sent this to me:
This e-mail was forwarded to me just now. My brother’s customer received this yesterday and the offending trailer went home this morning. This trailer license was traced to —’s company. Someone with DMV access?
——– Original message ——–
From: John Swen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I was just wondering if your are aware that a trailer registered to your company has been sitting in a residential driveway on ——-th St. in Sioux Falls, SD for over a month now? Do you not own any commercial property that it can be stored on instead of it being an eyesore to this neighborhood?
Is someone with the city’s code enforcement office acting outside of work on their own, and using a fake name? I’m just curious, not speculating – who has access to DMV records besides government employees? Can I do a search of a license plates online myself?
December 9th, 2012 — Code Enforcement, Sioux Falls
I found this site the other day, forgot about this guy.
Reminds me of the recent BS one of my friends has been going through with the city. They asked me to be a witness to the Gestapo the other day and I have seen documents and heard voice mails.
This shit is real & troubling.
Without going into detail, my question is this; How can you sue someone for something they corrected, and furthermore, expect them to pay the city in the form of a fine, when the offense (if not corrected) only harms the property owner, not the city? Still baffled by these asspipes.
July 8th, 2012 — Code Enforcement, Event Center, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
Apparently it is perfectly fine to display the names of PRIVATE CITIZENS on the city council agenda who didn’t take care of CITY PROPERTY. But knowing the companies that are bidding on the naming rights of the Events Center, and who is bidding on the construction of the EC project needs to be a secret?!
I recommend that any citizen who received fines, to show up and protest them.
March 4th, 2012 — Code Enforcement
This code enforcement story will make you cringe;
David Englett of Crowley, Texas is being charged after he didn’t pay a series of Arlington city fines for, among other things, not mowing the lawn of a home he had already lost to foreclosure.
Yup, you heard right. A home he doesn’t own. WOW!
It reminds me a bit of the Dan Daily case, when they couldn’t make the concrete pad infraction stick, the city made up other infractions. I think all of the code enforcement officers need to take an extended break at the Skate Park.
I had to laugh at Patrick Lalley’s column the other day in the Non-Free online Newspaper complaining about tree trimming. Funny how 1) I brought to attention the insanity of Project TRIM a few years back 2) He thinks snowgates are silly, but he is tired of the city harassing him about tree trimming. Sorry, Pat, but they are in the same category. City services, that’s what we pay taxes for. They own the trees, they should trim them. They also own the ends of our driveways, they should clean them.