Act of compassion or a mockery of system?
Jul 23, 2014 | 610 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Getting things done in City Hall is as slow as the Time Warner Internet service as our county official says. A person on the west side has been violating a city ordinance since July 2012. After an official written formal complaint on April 1, 2014, a notice of violation was sent to the violator.

In June 2014, in a city council meeting, it was brought to the attention of the city council in public comments in public hearing. This case was finally set to go to a court hearing on July 16. On the day of the hearing, the defendant was asked if he knew he was in defiance of a notice of violation and if he was aware of his actions; he said yes. His only defense was that his neighbor didn’t like him and his wife. He was then asked why he didn’t leave the 30 inches clearance between the two fences as required by City Ordinance 2090 on double fencing; he didn’t have enough space between his house and the fence.

To my surprise, the city attorney recommended to the judge to give the defendant another six months before any action be taken against the violator because he had to spend so much money building this fence. The municipal judge agreed that the fence had cost a lot of money to build and that it was a very pretty fence, and it would be a shame to have to take it down.

It’s going again before the city to see if they’ll amend the double fencing ordinance. Is this an act of compassion or a mockery of our legal system? This complaint was brought on the current city ordinance. An injustice to one is an injustice to all.

Cipriano C. Perez
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