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The DYEnamics of Inspections – Time lines – Lorain

Long time readers of this blog will see the exploration of what works and doesn’t work in the “inspections” of older properties.And I was not alone ! There is a “history” from Mark Teleha’s Lorain County Photographer Blog
Dear Madam Housing Inspector ( the grief wrongly given ) 2008 – it does happen
http://www.locophotogblog.com/?p=269

There are even more that I’ve done that still HAVEN’T been addressed. Some that are so horrible, that I can’t imagine why they haven’t been cited yet. How do I know? Because there hasn’t been a damn thing done to any of them since I first saw them.
If what I’m doing is something that you have to complain about, then maybe you’re not doing enough.

My series on the Building Dept.

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/the-cowboys-of-lorain-no-more-shooting-blanks-part-7/

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Due to the recent, very quick response by the Building Dept. inspecting my property due to a complaint made by a sitting member of the Lorain Design Review Board Mrs. Kathy( Cathy) Dye


https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/ode-to-a-downspout-named-don-lorain/

I decided to see how this “particular inspection” process worked so well and yet our council people have had issues over the years getting the “process” going .

Mrs. Dye of the Lorain Design Review Board took issue with my property and her course of action she stated in
JUNE 2013

WHILE YOU TAKE THIS RUN DOWN BROADWAY I’M GOING TO ALL OF YOUR HOMES.

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/on-broadway-downtown-the-44052/
Now I am sure it was just a coincidence the city conducted block inspections that summer. – well maybe- now I am not so sure 😉 However, I am pleased to say those on this block who received citations followed up and the block looks so much better. For the record we received no such citations in 2013. That apparently was not good enough for Mrs. Dye .

In her “dye a tribe” against me personally after threatening ( in my opinion) the Mayor ( Ritenauer) and the Director of Building Housing and Planning,( Leon Mason) she started out to prove she was a bigger bitch than I. Oh dear didn’t know it was a contest !

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/city-officials-caught-between-a-ritchey-and-a-dye-place/

ON JANUARY 9th 2015 at 11:56 Kathy Dye – Design Review Board member wrote

…. I can be a bigger bitch than Loraine Ritchie. I know of several things if I spill the beans will cause a huge uproar in this city as well as a large number of law suits.

I was previously asked to keep my mouth shut about all of it but my patience is running thin. Just to also let you know the information I know has nothing to do with any previous city employees……
…..#2, Loraine Ritchie has a lot of “ordinance issues” on the outside of her property, what about the inside?
#4 I understand the mayor is planning to run again. Well after I start sending out my series of letters to all the tv stations, radio stations and newspapers I don’t think it will help his campaign. The ball is now in your hands. If things don’t straighten up immediately with my son and his building the letters will begin next week.

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Once again I was mentioned in her email to the Design Review Board on January 13th 2015. Seems I was still on her mind and she had followed through
January 11th 2015 approximately 1:30 in the afternoon on a Sunday
The Dye tribe were outside my home taking photos of my home and also back in the alley . looking I suppose for my “ordinance issues- not found in 2013 apparently – time for a Dye re-inspection-

Now Kathy, was apparently very upset with Mr. Klinar the Chief Building Inspector and wrote in an email Wednesday January 14th 2015 at 1:19 ( three days after her photo inspection)

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NOTE: I had put in a public records request and answers to some questions which will be in the next post . So far I have just received the citation (sent by Klinar) and this email.

Looking at this email it is the “second call” Mrs. Dye made on my property- did not Mr. Klinar jump quick enough after her first call? Because also, according to this email ,my overgrown growth is a real hazard to the rodent population:

Oh NO!!! first a downspout named Don dangling and discharging on the ground in sub freezing weather and now the rats are in peril!

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Obviously, having some degree of intelligence I realize what Kathy was trying ,in her way, to say – and for the sake of those reading my garage does not require downspouts- a fact well-known to those inspecting older garages.

However ,it seems Mr. Klinar after this admonishment from Kathy Dye of the Design Review Board, got right on that request as 4 working days later he was out and about with his clip board – snow not holding him back- and we duly received the lone downspout citation and the garage needing to be painted in the spring. As an aside his vehicle that day , as we had been having issues with people doing nefarious things in the alley, was noted as a suspicious vehicle .hmmmmm

The issue here is the time lines and who gets what inspected in a timely manner. The next post will address the power of Dye as opposed to those council people who are still waiting and have been for months and years for inspections and out come of those inspections ……. TO BE CONTINUED

February 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm 9 comments

Fabricating Broadway- The Dye is set- 418

Style Center KharismaMr. Dye has been busy since our journey of discovery started with his building and signs of last week. As Mr. Dye said in his newspaper article

His goal is to continue restoration of the building exterior and eventually reopen the bar, create a rental party center or rent the bar to an operator. Dye currently has his own machine shop, Kris Dye Fabrication, in the building.”

In the last couple of days there has been much cleaning and painting and even a potted “palm” ( well not quite a palm) in place in the front of the old Style Center . The windows are shut and SO NO MORE SIDEWALK INSPECTIONS FROM THE STREET 🙂

The neon sign is up – the bikes are out – and all seemingly are invited in – DOORS ARE open!

Note photo sent to me ( no photo credit available)
kharisma at night

and the offensive language has been removed with just a trace ….

But the point of these articles is the fact of the “DIRE STRAIGHTS” of our “toothless ” inspections process .

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/the-cowboys-of-lorain-no-more-shooting-blanks-part-7/
So now we have up lighting and potted palms but we also (I would hazards a guess) still have

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Kathy Dye herself stated in all caps

EVERY BUILDING ON BROADWAY HAS ISSUES

and Lorain continues to

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NOTE I will be addressing the rest of Mrs. Kathy Dye’s “rant” hopefully for Monday

June 28, 2013 at 10:14 am 21 comments

On Broadway-Downtown- the 44052

UPDATE: From Design Review Board Member Kathy Dye also seen in comments to be fair and balanced 🙂 Note Kathy Dye is the mother of Mr. Dye and one would think proud of the language on his sign by her comments We will be addressing Mrs. Dyes comments

SUCH HATERS, EVERY BUILDING ON BROADWAY HAS ISSUES. WHILE YOU TAKE THIS RUN DOWN BROADWAY I’M GOING TO ALL OF YOUR HOMES. FOR EVERYONES INFORMATION THE LORAIN DESIGN REVIEW BOARD HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE INSIDES OF COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS. IF SO WE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE A DAILY MEETING. AND YES I AM PROUD OF ANYONE WHO TAKES ON THE HURDLES OF BUYING A OLD BUILDING ON BROADWAY AND PUTS THEIR HEARTS AND SOULS INTO REMODELING AND THEN THERE ARE HATERS THAT ARE JEALOUS THAT SOMEONE IS TRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS TOWN. I, BEING AN OWNER OF A BUILDING ON BROADWAY SINCE 1987 KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO REMODEL AND MAINTAIN AN OLD BUILDING. IT IS A CONSTANT DRAIN TO YOUR POCKET. AND SO WHAT IF YOU DON’T LIKE LOWRIDER TRUCKS. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO DO. WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY? I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO NEED TO GET A LIFE AND GROW UP.

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AHHHHHH Downtown the place to be – the place to be seen , songs have been written about Downtown !
In order to answer my 4- year-old grandson’s question – Is this a bad area mum?

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/is-this-a-bad-area-mum-the-44052/

Petula Clark’s version of Downtown

Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose?
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go
Downtown, things’ll be great when you’re
Downtown, no finer place for sure,
Downtown, everything’s waiting for you

OUR VERSION OF DOWNTOWN
Let us take a walk along the “city side walks – pretty side walks”

Sidewalks are important to this community they are the place of inspections – Remember this series
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/the-cowboys-of-lorain-no-more-shooting-blanks-part-7/

If the reader will go to parts three and four and five in the series you can see what “inspections entail” for residential- I have asked the City of Lorain to explain re commercial building does our “Inspector have to stay on the sidewalk unless invited in along our ‘Buildings on Broadway??? and the answer from Chief Building Inspector Richard Klinar is


Right of entry applies to all structures.”


PDF file of Rights of Entry here

Entry to other structures

HMMMM so as you walk into one of the buildings downtown and maybe enjoy the ground floor – you had better beware as to what lies below your feet, or above your head. You will have to “trust” the owner has kept up the maintenance for the building!

Let us start our walk on the wildside- watch your step – and look at the building featured in the last post – the one with the infamous sign – ( not so pretty- Petula sigh) krisdyefabrication door

Even though it seems inspectors have to stay on the sidewalk to inspect they could have in my opinion taken out their clip boards I am sure even from the sidewalk they could have “checked off ” quite a few violations at 418 Broadway.

NOTE _ WHAT WORRIES ME IS THESE BUILDINGS FOR THE MOST PART ARE ASKING THE PUBLIC TO COME IN TO THESE PLACES OF ‘BUSINESS AND ENTERTAINMENT”- SURELY THERE SHOULD BE SOME REGARD FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC-??????

Exterior Inspection Checklist

(These photos taken directly from the Lorain County Auditors Site

418 Broadway Auditors

418 Broadway-purchased 2010 for $20,000 yes that is “Twenty” thousand from Lorain National BankParcel Number: 02-01-004-102-007 – DYE DALE C -418 BROADWAY LORAIN, OH 44052

Mr. Dye who wants to put out his welcome sign – inviting you all in to his “sports bar” – even went so far as to get the OK from the Design review Board in order to do so.
http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2013/06/12/news/doc51b7f0e2c5647345252854.txt


His goal is to continue restoration of the building exterior and eventually reopen the bar, create a rental party center or rent the bar to an operator. Dye currently has his own machine shop, Kris Dye Fabrication, in the building.”

NOTE: please pay attention to the bolded words in the Morning Journal article!

Photos from the “sidewalk” vantage point –
418 Second Floor South

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418 Second Floor North

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418 Second Floor Middle ceiling

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and FINALLY hope this is not where the electricity for the new NEON Sign will be plugged in that light bulb may have an issue with that !

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Oh and those windows seem to be “missing ” anyone seen them on the sidewalk ?????

Even with “toothless inspections ” we need to look up once in a while as we journey “downtown” and remember people “what is up may come down” hopefully not on you!
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June 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm 18 comments

Cowboys of Lorain- ARE THEY GONNA CALL? Q and A Part Four

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Part One
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/the-cowboys-of-lorain-building-standards-part-one/

Part Two
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/the-cowboys-of-lorain-part-two-the-demo-men/

Part three
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/the-cowboys-of-lorain-the-process-q-and-a-part-three/

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CONTINUING THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: note the red flags 😦 EMPHASIS MINE

QUESTION – THAT WOMAN

If I have done some work (for example) rewiring – is it up to me as the property owner to request an inspection?

brokenstar THE CITY ANSWERS:

The property owner MUST REQUEST AN INSPECTION.

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The Building Department cannot enter private property without permission.

QuESTION- THAT WOMAN
If so,( REFERRING TO PREVIOUS QUESTION) is the responsibility put on the property owner to contact the Building Dept. Is there any follow up on the building permits pulled as to the condition/ quality of work being done and in a timely manner?

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Yes. At the bottom of the permit, several different job types are listed. When work is completed on these jobs,
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“THE OWNERS ARE TO CALL the Building Department” for review. However, the Building Department may not know when work is completed until the owner calls.

QUESTION – THAT WOMAN
Can the property owner still refuse entry to the property for inspection even with a building permit ? Does that limit the inspections from the sidewalk only unless the house is open and unsecured?

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Property owners can refuse entry by our inspectors.
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Inspectors are free to do inspections from the sidewalk as well as inspections from the view of a neighboring property, provided the neighbor grants permission to go onto their property to view concerns.
If the house is unsecured, the inspector can obtain search warrants in order to enter the property.

PDF FILE – EXTERIOR INSPECTION LIST FOUND HERE :
Exterior Inspection Checklist

FOLLOW UP QUESTION – THAT WOMAN

red flagJust to be clear – are you saying if the work is done on the inside of the property by the property owner unless they agree to let the inspectors in to inspect the work you cannot inspect the work done?

brokenstar THE CITY ANSWERS:

I have attached “Entry to other structures” for your review. This document outlines the laws restricting access to private property by an inspector. But, to answer your question, the owner has to allow the inspector into his home.

The PDF file ‘ENTRY TO OTHER STRUCTURES ‘ FOUND HERE
Entry to other structures

FOLLOW UP -QUESTION – THAT WOMAN
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In essence would I be correct in saying that “we in Lorain are going upon TRUST the property owner will call to have an inspection and if they don’t is there any recourse????

brokenstar THE CITY ANSWERS:

In talking with Mr. Klinar, over 3800 permits were pulled this past year. With the number of employees we have, we cannot check up on all projects to see how much progress is being done.
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Plus, being invited in to review the work also complicates items. Therefore, with the limited number of employees, we wait until the homeowner requests an inspection. As for recourse, unless we inspect it, the City cannot do much.

Note TW …Handcuffed AND STUFFED comes to mind …….

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To Be Continued

January 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm 10 comments

The Cowboys of Lorain- THE PROCESS- Q and A Part three

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Part One
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/the-cowboys-of-lorain-building-standards-part-one/

Part Two

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/the-cowboys-of-lorain-part-two-the-demo-men/

As Chief Building Inspector Richard Klinar answered a question put to him by yours truly at the Demolition Appeals meeting with:

” Mrs. Ritchey there is a “process” to be followed you can’t inspect the windows unless the walls are up”

Well! I was amazed and dumfounded!!!!! – I really hadn’t realized that would have been necessary ( for those not familiar with me this is pure sarcasm!).

Although my question wasn’t fully answered which dealt with are “all inside inspections based on a request of the property owner?” his mention of “process” did lead me to ask of the Administration – in particular Derek Feuerstein ( Chief of Staff) for the City of Lorain. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his quick responses to the following questions and information ( re PDF files) ( EMPHASIS MINE -TW)

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QUESTION THAT WOMAN:
Hypothetically I have an older property that I have purchased which is in dire need of rehab– Can you please answer and or expand on the questions on the “process” I, as the property owner, goes through to bring the property up to “minimum” code?

Firstly: what exactly is the minimum code the City of Lorain follows- re electrical, plumbing, HV , structure etc. where would I find that information . Is asbestos and mold abatement taken into account in the minimum code for Lorain? If, as I was informed this morning, the state decides our codes why is it surrounding communities such as Lakewood seem to have a higher standard of what is acceptable in their communities?

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CITY ANSWERS:
The City of Lorain follows the Ohio Residential Code 2012 for their minimum standards. No asbestos and mold abatement is conducted. In speaking with a rep from the city’s health department, he indicated no policy in the State of Ohio dictates mold levels within a home. Our inspections, for construction, are based on the Ohio Residential Code 2012, but not for maintenance. Every city adopts their own type of maintenance codes; Lorain chose to adopt the International Property Maintenance Code.

QUESTION – THAT WOMAN:

Assuming I am rehabbing a property for possible rental- I am NOT a licensed and bonded contractor just a property owner who plans on acting as my own contractor – I pull a building permit to do the work – Is this a blanket permit or do I pull permits for electrical, plumbing structure separately? What is the cost of such a permit and how long is the permit good for.
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CITY ANSWERS:

The City of Lorain does not issue blanket permits. Each permit is for a specific job. Every permit is separate, no blanket permits are given. All permits are a percentage of the overall cost of the project. I have included a fee structure sheet for you.
NOTE THE PDF FILE FOR THE FEES CAN BE FOUND HERE
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( also you will need to rotate the pdf view)

QUESTION – THAT WOMAN:
If the permit is good for a specified period of time and I have been unable (for various reasons) to accomplish any of the proposed work on the property can I pull another permit after the aforesaid permit expires – how many times am I able to do this- Is there any documentation given to the city the property owner has the funds to complete the project?

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CITY ANSWERS:

The permit is valid for one year. However, you must start the work within 6 months of being issued the permit. An individual with a valid permit can request for an extension for up to 6 months. If after this extension, the individual must apply for a brand new permit. The Building Department does not require proof of funds for repair in order to receive a permit.

Follow Up – QUESTION- THAT WOMAN:
How many times can a property owner apply for the permit can he/she just keep applying for a new permit into infinity or is there a limit to the number of times a permit can be pulled for the same property and job of work?

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CITY ANSWERS:

I have attached “Permit Approval code section” for your review on permits. According to section 105.4, two extensions can be granted. After those extensions, the code does not restrict anyone from filing a brand new application for a permit.

PDF File – Permit Approval Code found here
Permit Extension code section

NOTE: TW- I feel a little voice in my head saying “infinity and beyond” –
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to be CONTINUED

January 28, 2013 at 12:13 am 9 comments

The Cowboys of Lorain- Part Two -The Demo Men!

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Part One:

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/the-cowboys-of-lorain-building-standards-part-one/

I sat in the audience of a meeting with regard to Demolitions on Jan 18th at Lorain City Hall. The process was very polite and controlled – The Board Members trying their level best to be responsive , polite and to give due process in order to shy away from “law suits” against the city due to not following the procedures.The actions were very deliberate and staying within given parameters.

That is how we are different nowadays from the old west – we couch our opinions so as not to offend so we aren’t dragged into another courtroom. Most of the business on hand was cut and dried , only three of the homes set for demolition had anyone speak for them.

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One was the home covered in Busters House Blog
http://bustershouse.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/as-seen-in-lorain-3620-clifton-avenue-and-the-second-chance/

and the following post
http://bustershouse.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/as-seen-in-lorain-3620-clifton-avenue-and-the-second-second-chance/

3620 Clifton, Lorain with photos purchased two years ago for TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS – judge for yourself if this can be brought to a livable SAFE- quality of life dwelling for $17,000. I sincerely hope so – let us hope it becomes the poster child for HOW REHAB SHOULD BE DONE!

It is my understanding that the owners of 3620 Clifton presented an acceptable plan to the Board and will have to bring proof of progress to the next meeting on February 28th.

I know what I thought as I listened and I have a bridge in Brooklyn too, but fair is fair they, the owners ( JOHNSON NATHANIEL BARBEE JOSEPH
240 BRACE STREET ELYRIA, OH 44035) were there appealing the demolition decision they wanted to be heard as is their right and they were.

Alright, so they may have not been exactly truthful when stating the week before they only owned the property for a year- it was two- and those back taxes well that was literally not answered . But they got their “stay of demolition” to give them a chance at rehab.
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Then this chap came up to the microphone,he rose with difficulty from his seat, he stumbled,limped his way across the floor , his face clouded with anxiety. He looked like he needed to be cared for and seemingly having the weight of the world on his shoulders – I actually felt sorry for this poor old geezer– er that is until I found out it was the infamous George Schneider – he of numerous blog posts and owner of hundreds of properties in this community.

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/george-schneider-appealing-properties-or-wheres-the-judgement/

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/george-schneider-4-years-and-still-timely-fame-it-and-shame-it/

I don’t know who I was more annoyed with – myself– for almost being taken in by his demeanor or the fact Georgie Porgy was asking for yet another of his properties to be given a 2nd chance. The appeals board denied his appeal but I bet you anything you like George’s attorney – Brett English will be back on the case “appealing” to a higher court.( Watch this space)

As I sat there with other audience members, I realized there were three scenarios happening in those chambers- all having different agendas- There was:

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The Board – trying to be fair and equitable giving chances and listening to the ones appealing within the framework of the “process” – their faces thoughtful and polite.

The Pleaders – give us another chance puleeeeeeeze ( for any number of “reasons” as to why their property deemed unsafe etc. should be given another chance –

The Community – with the glut of diseased and disgraceful housing in our neighborhoods- we sat there wanting MORE- wanting to say what we really thought – not to be constricted by PC thinking or silenced by “The Process”- our faces- if not the spoken word- reflected on how we truly felt .

The Good – The Bad – and The UGLY

January 25, 2013 at 3:18 pm 18 comments

The Cowboys of Lorain- ( Building standards) Part One

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Being the expat I am, I bring with me some terminology sometimes lost to my US readers and “community” . For more years than I care to remember I have “bitched” about the quality and lack of care given to the “rehabs” by the mega landlords who

“run their BUSINESSES of rental” in this community . Look on any of the streets in this old neighborhood the examples are there – there are those rehab to minimum standards- all that is “legally required of them”…. more on that later.

THE COWBOYS

Before it had any special application to America, cowboy was used in England with the obvious meaning: “a boy who took care of cows.” Or he could have been a man, for boy implied not only youth and boyish attitudes but also low status.
SOURCE
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Although the descriptive but uncomplimentary word cowboy was already around, Americans did invent two new meanings for it. The first, now forgotten meaning came during the American Revolution. It was the revolutionary patriots' term for pro-British raiders who operated in the boundary between American and British forces in Westchester County, New York. They harassed and plundered the rural districts; a later writer said;they went around in the bushes armed with guns and tinkling a cow-bell so as to beguile the patriots into the brush hunting for cows.

after the Civil War, when for two decades thousands of cowboys drove millions of longhorn cattle from Texas to the new transcontinental railroads in Kansas and Colorado. The English speakers who first settled the Southwest had learned the skills of controlling cattle from Spanish-speaking vaqueros, a name translated crudely as buckaroos.

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But those who hired the minimum-wage, equal-opportunity horsemen for the big cattle drives of 1866-86 simply called them cowboys, a term attested as early as 1849, and that was the name that stuck. And though they were poorly paid and worked under the harshest conditions, or perhaps just because of those circumstances, the cowboy became the most enduring legend of the American West. Building on this legend, cowboy today still is used to mean someone who is reckless, impulsive, and dangerous
http://www.answers.com/topic/cowboy#ixzz2IY0AKBh3

In Britain “cowboy” is a slang term for
An unscrupulous, incompetent, or reckless person in business, esp. an unqualified one. We have a lot of fly by night “so-called ” unlicensed contractors whose work is in the best scenario lacking in quality and in the worst case down right dangerous.

The cowboy builders , contractors and they can be a problem in my “old country”

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2139559/Cowboy-builder-nailed-TV-sting-370-000-rip-jailed.html

Avoiding cowboy builders
http://www.ratedpeople.com/m/advice/trade-insight/building/cowboy-builders.html

but surely here in Lorain the “cowboy ” has to TO ANSWER TO LAW AND ORDER- THE BIG GUNS SO TO SPEAK
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About Building Department – Lorain Ohio
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Functions

The Department was established tos administer and enforce the provisions of the Lorain Building, Housing and Zoning Codes plus the National Electric Code and State Building, Plumbing and Elevator Codes.
The Department’s two primary functions:
•Plan Examination and
•Code Enforcement

The Department registers building contractors, issues permits, maintains records, inspects all new construction and major rehabilitations engages in systematic code enforcement programs for existing properties and provides nuisance abatement to properties and buildings in disrepair.
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Mission Statement

To contribute to Lorain’s urban renaissance by preserving and strengthening neighborhoods through ambitious code enforcement.

Code Services

To inspect structures for the purpose of enforcing the City of Lorain’s building, housing and zoning codes and to Ohio’s Building Codes, maintain uniform standards and requirements of residential, commercial and individual buildings.
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Future Plans
•Foster higher levels of expertise in the building inspection department by encouraging education and growth among existing staff.
•Develop Housing Division to spearhead property maintenance and zoning issues.
•A Revenue Development to insure all funds currently allowed by legislation are collected for the common good and stability of the city.
•Re-establish City of Lorain Board of Building Commission to further reinforce standard for quality in residences, buildings, and structures throughout the City of Lorain.

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THE QUESTION ? ARE THE INSPECTORS THE ONES HANDCUFFED?????? TO BE CONTINUED…….

January 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm 15 comments

The Judgement- The Community- The Criminal- The Cost

In recent posts I have questioned the reasoning as to what we in the community , who have been asked to step up to stop the decline of the quality of life in this place we call home Lorain Ohio, can actually accomplish.

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Mayor Ritenauer stated in a recent Morning Journal article”

http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2013/01/08/news/doc50ebaad1d44b9364404110.txt?viewmode=2

Mayor Ritenauer wants the community to band together
Mayor Chase Ritenauer says community must stand against ‘unacceptable’ mayhem

Meanwhile, law-abiding citizens also must be aware of the justice system and demand prosecution to the fullest extent of the law, the mayor said.

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and then the Editor of the same Morning Journal, Tom Skoch stated in his editorial:
http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2013/01/13/opinion/doc50f23137cc3ff540511491.txt

“As the mayor emphasized, arresting thugs isn’t enough if they are quickly recycled through the justice system and dumped back on the street to cause more crime. Citizens need to urge prosecution and incarceration of criminals to the fullest extent of the law

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Armed with a will, the time, tenacity and the ability to go in search of answers- thatwoman( me) who was also incensed at recent new news stories concerning alleged rape, drug deals gone bad , abandoned housing set off in search of “JUSTICE”!. I started looking at names and records of some of Lorain’s less than desirable criminal element and why they were on the streets, and who were the judges who had given them leave to continue “mayhem” in my community.

As with most things I research one thing led to another and I noticed a lot of
mention of PSI reports when searching the criminal records.

DEFENDANT IN COURT WITH COUNSEL; WITHDRAWS FORMER PLEA OF NOT GUILTY AND REQUEST FOR JURY TRIAL AND ENTERS A PLEA OF GUILTY TO: THE INDICTMENT WHICH PLEA IS ACCEPTED.
THE COURT HEREBY FINDS THE DEFENDANT GUILTY AND REFERS DEFENDANT TO THE LORAIN COUNTY PSI DEPARTMENT FOR A PRE-SENTENCE EVALUATION AND REPORT; BOND CONTINUED. TO BE INTERVIEWED AT LCCF WHEN DEFENDANT WILL REMAIN UNTIL NOV. 15TH IF NOT INTERVIEWED BY NOV. 15TH DEFENDANT ORDERED TO REPORT TO PSI DEPARTMENT WITHIN 24 HOURS OF RELEASE

What is PSI and just what do they do? so off I went on another search and found the following article -once again in the Morning Journal archives-:
Judge wants to hire PSI officers (with document) by Rick Payerchin

http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2011/04/28/news/mj4457630.txt

I sent the link to the Lorain County Commissioners and asked for some information on PSI and the above link
thatwoman

I am following through with the research on a criminal situation in Lorain and how the criminal process works. I came across the link aforementioned – can you please tell me the outcome of that situation as written in the Morning Journal? I am very concerned as to the “passing through” from our court system by judges, adult parole authority etc and the funding of such who send back into my community the criminal element and the number of re offences …. and therefore, as I am following one case in particular that is making headlines this weekend and how he has been passed through and who determines the level of punishment – I have noticed PSI seems to be heavily involved in the sentencing outcome, therefore I wish to learn more about them and their decisions and who is funding them.

Thanks to Commissioner Kalo who forwarded my email to Mr. Tim Lubbe I have some answers ( emphasis mine) from Tim Lubbe,Lorain County Court of Common Pleas, Court Administrator, General Division

Lubberes

After reviewing my responses, should you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Some of the answers are simple, such as the outcome of the situation discussed in the Morning Journal article. Currently, there are eight Presentence Investigation (PSI) personnel that are managed by the Court. These individuals are paid for or funded out of a state grant. However, I’m not sure if that completely answers your question. For example, the headline of the article claims that the “Judges want to hire PSI officers”. Quite frankly, the Court never had any desire to be involved with PSIs. Nevertheless, the State of Ohio in balancing its budget shifted the responsibility for PSI reports to the local or county level via the Courts.

You indicate a concern about the criminal element being “passed through” the court system by Judges, the Adult Parole Authority, etc. and returned into your community. I would not offer an opinion on the Adult Parole Authority, as that is a department of the State of Ohio, and I can’t honestly speak for them. However, with respect to the Judges, I believe they share your concern about criminals “passing through” the system.

I think your next question is also related to this issue. You are interested in who determines the level of punishment. Unfortunately, there is a fairly pervasive misperception that Judges unilaterally control the outcome of criminal cases. On many occasions I have heard Judges express their frustration over the constraints imposed upon them, and in my view, these constraints do affect the revolving nature of our criminal justice system.

While Judges absolutely play an important role in sentencing a criminal defendant, over the years that role has been minimized by changes imposed upon the Court by the Ohio legislature.
ohio-seal

Just last year, there was another significant erosion of the Judge’s autonomy following the passage of H.B. 86. The law in Ohio now specifies that if a criminal defendant is found guilty of a 4th or 5th degree felony, there is a presumption that the defendant will be sentenced to community control, i.e. not jail or prison. Therefore, irrespective of what sentence a Judge may prefer to issue, he or she must follow the law.

Your final question raises a concern, that the PSI department seems to be heavily involved in sentencing outcome. The PSI department actually has no control over sentencing. The PSI department’s role is governed by statute.

Essentially, they are required to investigate the defendant, and report certain information back to the Court. Although the PSI department does not control sentencing, they do have an impact on the criminal defendants in your community. gavel

Under Ohio law, before a defendant can be sentenced to a community control sanction, a PSI report must be produced for the Court. At the time the State of Ohio was responsible for producing PSI reports they had allocated approximately 3 times the amount of money they are currently providing to Lorain County through grants. With their resources, the State would typically produce a PSI report within 30 days. As soon as the Court received the PSI report, the defendant could be sentenced.

At a minimum, that individual would be placed upon probation and subject to review and supervision. Under limited circumstances, if certain factors where met (remember the limitations placed upon the Judges), the defendant may even be sentenced to jail. However, as a result of reduced funding, which equates to personnel, it currently takes the Lorain County PSI department somewhere between 60 and 90 days to deliver a report to the Court. While the Court is waiting for the PSI report, the defendant is in the community, not on supervised probation, and quite often committing additional crimes.

Nevertheless, I can attest that the Court continuously strives, where possible, to improve these circumstances. Also, I would encourage your involvement as a citizen in doing what you can both locally and at the state level.

So there we have it – Is it time to “talk to the State of Ohio” as to how their decisions are compromising our quality of life – is that the very least we can do???? ?

January 19, 2013 at 1:36 am 4 comments

For Rent One City- Who dictates the health of your neighborhood?

Photo Source- Morning Journal- Michael Allen Blair

The other day media reports touched off a plethora of comments with regard to holding accountable the actions of a “mother” who lived in squalor, filth and endangered her children by exposing them to all sorts of situations which would disgust even the most jaded among us.
7 filthy kids found in dirty home, Lorain police arrest mother, 28
http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2012/07/07/news/mj6464734.txt

Some comments on the articles called for drastic measures, some of these were literally over the top BUT it showed the frustration of people-
The usually silent majority of society in Lorain want accountability for this deplorable situation

Generally we, as a society, want children to be safe and protected as they can’t fend for themselves.

As I read of the little one who had been in its own excrement for 4 days – I just felt like throttling the mother or “family” myself…… Can you imagine the heat,the stench, the sores on a little body that come from such a lifestyle, the disease, the flies , and vermin that permeated through that dwelling – what degradation these little ones were exposed to as such a tender age.

It doesn’t bear thinking about . We aren’t living in a third world country or are we? What has happened to Lorain? And what has happened to follow through from Children’s Services- these living conditions should have been reported and steps taken.

Some comments were quick to hold the landlord responsible in this case KTS Enterprise for the living conditions and the argument raised by others ( probably landlords 🙂

the landlord can’t be held responsible for what his tenants do in “their homes’ it is after all their home as long as they pay rent.

Ok! I see the point however- the “business rentals” in this town are “BIG business” for some.

My question to this particular landlord Kent Sutton- of Sutton Rentals, KTS Enterprises and Kent Sutton ( property owner) since you are in the business of rentals- and also to others like you

Do You check the background of your prospective renters? I would think that would be part of good business practice- don’t you ?

Had you checked, even on-line, through the court records you would have found this particular mother was not squeaky clean-

Did she have an income? needed to pay for the rent and utilities?


Are we the taxpayer somehow liable for this rent- is any of our tax money going to enable this situation in “your property?”

Are all your properties certified as free from lead?

Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act was enacted in 1992. This law is commonly known as Title X (Ten). Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations implementing Title X apply to rental property built before 1978.


I am sure you have since you are in the “business” of rentals taken care of that paperwork- after all it would be important to your business to make sure all the paperwork is done correctly – otherwise it could cost you money -just as poor decisions in the rental businesses are costing the City of Lorain money.

The landlord must also give every tenant the EPA pamphlet, “Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home,” or a state-approved version of this pamphlet.

A landlord who fails to comply with EPA regulations faces penalties of up to $10,000 for each violation. And a landlord who is found liable for tenant injuries from lead may have to pay three times what the tenant suffered in damages.

Was this done?

Did you not advise this Ms. Perez that maybe your TWO bedroom rental would not be a healthy situation for 7 children

Or was that none of your “business” either- after all how she lives and causes young children to live is none of your business legally – how about morally?

Photo Source Morning Journal
http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2012/04/28/news/mj6119431.txt?viewmode=default

She said she has seen a woman sit on the front of the porch before and she believes it is a tenant. She said she also has seen a man come out of the house with trash bags to put in a trash container, but he never bothered to get rid of the trash on the lawn.

How about 100 percent Garbage pick-up in Lorain so we don’t have to keep having the situation on Apple Avenue- do the Business rental CEO’s and LELA favor such an ordinance –

We all suffer through your “business decisions”

So yes , I am personally holding your “business” somewhat culpable for this situation on 1714 Long and other situations (eg. criminal element renters- can you say background check) that have happened with your “product” and others of your ilk – morally at the very least.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/the-neighborhood-that-was-landlords-banks-and-business/

You see Mr. Sutton, it was your own words, stating how you consider rentals a business ( and you are one of the largest in Lorain with your different “enterprises)
You said in the Morning Journal newspaper
http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/2012/06/18/news/mj6081873.txt

We simply assure housing providers that they are running a business not like any other business,” Sutton said.

and you went on to say :

“The housing should be kept up to some condition of the neighborhood.”

Now my question is WHO determines the condition of the neighborhood.

Well, to that end I did just a very quick brief property search on the Lorain County Auditors site on your “ownership of rentals” and that of George Schneider ( even larger than you )
what I found just quickly looking that you both tend to “cluster” on certain streets.

How about 17th Street for instance
Kent Sutton- 338,842,1030,843,839,1142, 833
George Schneider – 206,515,223,219,1020,1018, 1403
Just YOU TWO own- 14 properties in that 17th street neighborhood

Lets us look at 18th Street:
Kent Sutton- 613,930,1009,837,707.1333.608.1031
George Schneider- 502,511,409,1017, 703 and a lot or two?
Another 13 properties


ED NOTE: OH! OH Kent, George’s property may be devaluing yours by the looks of these pictures 😉

32nd Street
Kent Sutton -119,129,201.206,2500,207.215.118,120,200,214,124,1729
George Schneider – 1774, 922
But never mind you have poor old George beat on that street 13 to 2 – what is a few thousand more or less –

Mind you , he has pulled way ahead on some other streets. And I have to wonder if I searched by addresses how many other “business rentals” I would find on those same streets determining the “condition” of the neighborhood

In answer to my question – who is dictating the conditions of the neighborhoods being used as the bar set by LELA and you

The housing should be kept up to some condition of the neighborhood.


WELL SEEMS TO ME YOU AND OTHERS LIKE YOU ARE!!!!!!
The tale of one house on 32nd street Kent Sutton owner 😦 Sigh

– THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF RENTALS

ED NOTE: The photos and information are from the Lorain County Auditor’s site and were chosen randomly from the many hundreds of homes listed to the above named landlords.

July 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm 26 comments

Lorain Dude- Lorain Fire Dept.- WOW!-PULEEEZE

UPDATE: Chief Brown from the Morning Journal Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to ask the citizens of Lorain for your consideration of Issue 37, the Lorain Fire Levy. This 1-mill four-year levy will cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 less than $32 per year for four years, then expire. This investment in the Lorain Fire Department will only go toward improvements in the infrastructure of your fire department, including fire engine replacement, station replacement and repairs and firefighting equipment purchases.

This levy will not fund salaries, overtime, or benefits. Annual reports of all monies raised and spent will be presented as well.
Rather than hold fundraisers to fill your mailboxes with fliers and your yards with signs, we decided that it would be far more productive to meet with our citizens and explain our services and needs. Please join us for open houses at each of our four stations on Saturday, Nov. 5, and allow us to show you our operations and explain our needs first hand.
The open houses will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Central Fire Station (1350 Broadway), 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Station 3 (3042 Grove Ave.), 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Station 7 (2111 West Park Dr.), and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Station 4 (401 Idaho Ave.).

If you are unable to tour our stations and have any questions concerning our operations or the levy please contact my office at 440-204-2220.

I look forward to answering your questions and hope for your support of Issue 37, the Lorain Fire Levy.

A YES vote on Issue 37 will truly be an investment in safety.

Thank you for your consideration,

Thomas Brown, Chief Lorain Fire Department


After Saturday and the “elephant caper” I was a little worried when Nag Nog said we would see fire trucks today— hmm I also heard them talking about a haircut!
But WOW!! we did see some big fire trucks -I loved them

they were very big and shiny BUT even I could tell there are problems

the back doors of the truck were all eaten away with rust
and
the fireman had to duct tape along the side of one truck. ” wonder what would happen if the tape came off?

I couldn’t reach the pedals so I sat on mummy’s lap to drive.

just as well as the seats weren’t very nice

Nag Nog found some other stuff YUKKKKKKKK!!!

The ceiling leaks

Not exactly what I think of as “fire buckets”

No that isn’t oil in that bucket it is the colour of the water coming from yet another leak! The parking lot at Fire Station 1 is sinking“what lies beneath???” We can fix these things and more but don’t take the Lorain Dude’s and my word for it

You can see for yourself on Saturday November 5th – the fireman are inviting you all to come to their houses and see:


Saturday November 5 2011

9:00-11:00 at Central (1350 Broadway) .

11-12:30 Station 3 (3042 Grove ave.),

12:30-2:00 at Station 7 (2111 West Park dr.),

2:00-3:30 at Station 4 (401 Idaho ave.)


ED Note- I admit it I am biased when it comes to the Lorain Fire Dept. They saved my home when my children were small. They came quickly and professionally and I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the Lorain Fire Dept. I want them to have roofs that don’t leak, windows that actually close , a safe environment without the dangers of black mould and equipment to fight fires– this IS NOT ABOUT WAGES. ISSUE 37 is important to our quality of life but also to the quality of the Lorain Fire Dept. If you say YES the Fire Chief assures me the problems he and his men face can be eliminated within those 4 years.

“This tax is a specific tax for a specific situation”. WE will be able ( for once) to SEE what we get for our money… On a 100,000 dollar property $32.00 per year for 4 years so- $128.00 as the Lorain Dude said:

Please vote YES! on Issue 37

November 1, 2011 at 1:43 am 5 comments

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