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Bill

Sublime, TX

#1 Jul 6, 2011
Council to give homeowner 90 days to repair damaged home
Written by Bobby Vasquez
Wednesday, July 06 2011 8:02 pm -
City Council agreed to give a Deer Park resident approximately 90 days to bring her
dilapidated house up to code or risk having it condemned.
The residence, located at 1208 Norwood has received numerous complaints pertaining to
upkeep, trash and rodents. Council documents state complaints have been on file since 2002.
During a public hearing prior to the regular council meeting, city inspector Greg Melcher said
he inspected the home and found it to be in deplorable conditions. Melcher was questioned by
City Attorney Jim Fox who asked him to describe the condition of the home.
Melcher said the house was rotting, much of the ceiling had caved in, exposing rafters. He
said he had to actually climb over debris to get from one room to another and the home posed
serious health and fire risks. As the roof and ceiling had holes or had caved in, wiring would be
exposed. Melcher said water and electricity were still running to the home.
The residence has already experienced a fire as a pinball machine had evidence of fire
damage inside the home.
Photos taken by Melcher and viewed by InsideDP.com at the meeting showed the inside of
the house appeared to be ransacked, with piles of trash strewn across rooms. Rotted insulation
was hanging from the rafters where the ceiling had caved in and what appeared to be mold
spotted some of the walls.
He also said there was evidence that people had been in the home as graffiti was apparent.
Homeowner Lanelle Gorton was at the hearing and told council she had been in an accident
in early 2010 that left her with two broken legs and that she got behind on the house’s upkeep.
Mounting financial problems coupled with her injuries prohibited her from cleaning and making
repairs, she said.
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Council to give homeowner 90 days to repair damaged home
Written by Bobby Vasquez
Wednesday, July 06 2011 8:02 pm -
She told council she was trying to get her finances in order to fix the house and would need
more time to do so. However, council pointed out complaints have been filed against the
property since 2002.
Gordon said she planned to bring the house up to code and the house did not need to be
completely redone as most of it could be cleaned.
Jim Evans, who said he lives around the corner from Gorton, asked council to give her more
time and evoked spiritual guidance.“What would Jesus do?” he asked.“Would Jesus tear the
house down or would he give more time?”
Mayor Wayne Riddle asked Evans if that included giving Gorton nine more years, to which
Evans replied “Yes.”
Evans said the community could come to Gorton's aid and he would be willing to help with the
clean up and repair process.
Later in the evening, council voted to give Gorton 90 days to repair and clean the house or
have it face condemnation. The 90-day period will begin once the ordinance is passed to
enforce the order.
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“Perplexed”

Since: Nov 08

Deer Park

#2 Jul 6, 2011
I have known Lanelle since childhood. She is a fine lady. I have not seen her in several years. I plan on dropping by and assisting in anyway possible. Her husband died many years ago and know she has had problems with the home since his death. I will pray she gets her home up to par. Wish I could have been at meeting last night. Thanks for posting the update!
Bill

Sublime, TX

#3 Jul 7, 2011
What about having Shell serve help this lady? What about the churches in our area that go on mission trips to help build and repair in other communities; why not stay at home this year and help the owner? What about Rotary?

I read where one of our local churches was / is going on an overseas football camp costing $1400 for each participant; why not stay home this year and use that $1400 X how ever many were planning on going to this overseas football camp and help this lady with repairs and donate their individual $1400 expense toward that goal?

Listening to pod cast it seems like the owner has been down on her luck, pray that God guides each of us to help this lady in distress. WWJD, yes, I believe that he would tell some of the above organizations, if not all, to help the owner in getting her home fixed. I've watched the tv program hoarder and I'm sure those homes were in worse condition, but with help, the homes on that show were returned to a livable condition.

Are we a community who stands behind the slogan of "Quality of Life" or is it just words without meaning and help?

Did the city force the owners of the trailer park to install the street lighting as city code demands? NO, at least not the last time I drove the area. How can we force the owner of this home and not enforce city code at the trailer park?

I too will try to contact the owner and offer what assistance i can with my physical limits due to my heart problem.

Special thanks to SDJS and others who take time to help one of our own. We don't need a community assistance center to help this lady, we just need Jesus in our heart and prayer for guidance.
Andrea Pressley

Houston, TX

#4 Jul 7, 2011
sdjs please let me know if we can help. I mean what I say.

She wants her home and has experienced hardship...that's all I need to know. I can post something on my facebook to see if we can gather more help. If everyone one did this imagine the turnout.

She needs a roof desperately. Does anyone know a contractor that would help?

Well said Bill.
Be Real

United States

#5 Jul 7, 2011
I would like for the local PD anf FD step up and help this Lady.
BoOtStraP

Pasadena, TX

#6 Jul 7, 2011
She's had nine years, what about helping her before the problem got out of hand???
Working Girl

Houston, TX

#7 Jul 7, 2011
BoOtStraP wrote:
She's had nine years, what about helping her before the problem got out of hand???
Maybe because people were unaware. Now they are not. Maybe she was too proud to ask or didn't know who to ask. Sometimes people fall between the cracks.
Rocky

Sublime, TX

#8 Jul 7, 2011
BoOtStraP wrote:
She's had nine years, what about helping her before the problem got out of hand???
Yes, what about helping before it got out of control? That is what Bill was saying, where were our generous organizations etc. and where are they now that many have been informed about this situation? Have you offered your services?
BoOtStraP

Pasadena, TX

#9 Jul 7, 2011
It's possible that I have; what's it to you? Have you thought of the liability of going inside a condemned house??? A little thinking never hurt anyone.
Monkie C

Houston, TX

#10 Jul 7, 2011
BoOtStraP wrote:
It's possible that I have; what's it to you? Have you thought of the liability of going inside a condemned house??? A little thinking never hurt anyone.
So, you're afraid to go into a condemned house due to some potential liability? You are so full of crap. It's easy to see that you have not made any effort to help and too self-absorbed to consider the thought. That's about all the thinking you do. No, you wouldn't think to stick your neck out for anyone, much less try to help them.
ColonelAngus

United States

#11 Jul 7, 2011
Be Real wrote:
I would like for the local PD anf FD step up and help this Lady.
How so, idiot? What do they have to do with her living conditions anymore than any other organization? How about the DP Little League or the Pizza Hut Delivery Drivers Union #435? Come on, Scooby--be real!
BoOtStraP

Pasadena, TX

#12 Jul 7, 2011
Monkie Do...you lead the way. When the rotted roof falls on your head, you might think twice. Of course, there's obviously nothing between your ears now, doubt you would notice or miss anything.
Monkie C

Houston, TX

#13 Jul 7, 2011
BoOtStraP wrote:
Monkie Do...you lead the way. When the rotted roof falls on your head, you might think twice. Of course, there's obviously nothing between your ears now, doubt you would notice or miss anything.
Do you think that those that do such renovations do not have to worry about a roof caving in? Do you think that maybe there is a method to minimizing such risks? If you had a brain, you might think of wearing a hard hat. But since you don't, you have nothing to worry about. Like I said-you're only concerned about your own selfish interests and wouldn't think of taking a risk to help anyone, you spineless weasel.

If you weren't already brain-dead, you might actually come up with a better excuse for not helping others in need.
bevis

Sublime, TX

#14 Jul 8, 2011
Bill wrote:
What about having Shell serve help this lady? What about the churches in our area that go on mission trips to help build and repair in other communities; why not stay at home this year and help the owner? What about Rotary?
I read where one of our local churches was / is going on an overseas football camp costing $1400 for each participant; why not stay home this year and use that $1400 X how ever many were planning on going to this overseas football camp and help this lady with repairs and donate their individual $1400 expense toward that goal?
Listening to pod cast it seems like the owner has been down on her luck, pray that God guides each of us to help this lady in distress. WWJD, yes, I believe that he would tell some of the above organizations, if not all, to help the owner in getting her home fixed. I've watched the tv program hoarder and I'm sure those homes were in worse condition, but with help, the homes on that show were returned to a livable condition.
Are we a community who stands behind the slogan of "Quality of Life" or is it just words without meaning and help?
Did the city force the owners of the trailer park to install the street lighting as city code demands? NO, at least not the last time I drove the area. How can we force the owner of this home and not enforce city code at the trailer park?
I too will try to contact the owner and offer what assistance i can with my physical limits due to my heart problem.
Special thanks to SDJS and others who take time to help one of our own. We don't need a community assistance center to help this lady, we just need Jesus in our heart and prayer for guidance.
http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/deer_park/news...
BoOtStraP

Pasadena, TX

#15 Jul 8, 2011
Oh, there you go, make someone else pay for your mistakes. "Shell's got money, they should pay for it." What happened to personal responsibility?

OH, and Monkey brain: I wouldn't set foot in that place. I'm all about helping people but my safety is more important.
Rat Skeellar

Sublime, TX

#16 Jul 8, 2011
BoOtStraP wrote:
Oh, there you go, make someone else pay for your mistakes. "Shell's got money, they should pay for it." What happened to personal responsibility?
OH, and Monkey brain: I wouldn't set foot in that place. I'm all about helping people but my safety is more important.
If she has the money then why hasn't it been fixed? Perhaps you think she has the money or perhaps she needs other help to realize what she should do. How do you know she has money? Have you talked with her or know her? You seem to assume a lot, maybe its because you could care less. If so then why even respond to this post? Are you a writer or what?
yooflungpoo

Houston, TX

#17 Jul 8, 2011
BoOtStraP wrote:
Oh, there you go, make someone else pay for your mistakes. "Shell's got money, they should pay for it." What happened to personal responsibility?
OH, and Monkey brain: I wouldn't set foot in that place. I'm all about helping people but my safety is more important.
dude...and elderly woman has been LIVING there...

it's not like she's drowning and you can't swim...
Scooby

United States

#18 Jul 8, 2011
ColonelAngus wrote:
<quoted text>
How so, idiot? What do they have to do with her living conditions anymore than any other organization? How about the DP Little League or the Pizza Hut Delivery Drivers Union #435? Come on, Scooby--be real!
Hey ButtMunch, THIS is Scooby. I have not posted here UNTIL NOW.
I agree that PD or FD have nothing to do with this, but we (ALL) as citizens of this once great town should step up and help.
Scooby Doo!
Andrea Pressley

Houston, TX

#19 Jul 8, 2011
BoOtStraP wrote:
Oh, there you go, make someone else pay for your mistakes. "Shell's got money, they should pay for it." What happened to personal responsibility?
OH, and Monkey brain: I wouldn't set foot in that place. I'm all about helping people but my safety is more important.
Not one person said "Shell's got money, they should pay for it." No need for quotations because nobody said it. Someone on here mentioned Shell SERVE recently helped build a childrens bridge and another person posted the link and nothing more. Shell helps in a variety of ways. I see nothing wrong with mentioning they do service projects. Please .... no spinning and put the hatchet down.

http://www.shell.us/home/content/usa/aboutshe...

SERVE Volunteers
Home repair projects are one of many community volunteer projects undertaken by Shell Deer Park SERVE volunteers. Their distinctive yellow t-shirts have become a proud symbol of public service throughout the Houston area.

Shell Deer Park SERVE community projects include:

Work with the Deer Park High School's industrial trades class to conduct home repair projects for low-income Deer Park residents
Help deliver Meals On Wheels to elderly and homebound North Shore community residents
Pick up litter and work on environmental projects at the San Jacinto Monument and the Armand Bayou Nature Center
Give "Cool Careers" presentations to Deer Park High School students
Build a walking track for the Center for the Retarded in Houston
Andrea Pressley

Houston, TX

#20 Jul 8, 2011
My mistake the person didn't say, Shell SERVE recently helped build a childrens bridge, all they said was....."What about having Shell serve help this lady?"

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