Sorry, but I didn't post that particular message. I wish this site had a login so other people can't "swipe" your moniker/name and post things that are misleading or whatever. That would, I think keep a lot of the people who resort to obscenities and name calling off here also.<quoted text>
Thanks for your suggestions. The petition idea is something my neighbor and I have talked about. How does one get information about this so it is done in the right way and is effective? I'm glad you and your neighbors got a situation resolved, sounds like the owner stepped up and is being responsible. Surely you could understand that not all owners of property will give you those results, which has been my experience.
I have to say though,I don't believe that I'm just griping on a forum and expecting change. I was just responding to the original post of this thread, giving my opinion and personal comments about what I've dealt with as far as how the city handles ordinances. Isn't that what a forum is? Clearly my posts state that I have been in touch and voiced my concerns to my councilperson. We've had many phone conversations and e-mail correspondence. He has forwarded my e-mails to the mayor's office and different department heads, why would I think appearing at a council meeting would make a difference?
Anyway, whoever (whomever?) posted it must know something about our neighborhood's problem. Because we did take a petition signed by the majority of subdivison residents and submit it to the council.
I know that sounds mean spirited, but it was, really a last resort. A lot of us had offered to help the family clean up things like getting the trash out on pick up day, helping with the yard work if they had trouble doing it. I really don't know how that would be a problem because none of the residents were elderly or physically impaired. Nothing worked though, so we did what we felt was reasonable and needed.
This kind of situation is really difficult to deal with because most people don't want too look like a person who doesn't care about being kind and cooperative. But, then you get frustrated too, because you take the time and do the work to keep your place up and a few people just don't care. I'm not including people who have fallen on bad times and just can't afford doing some things, that I can understand, even relate to. I mean the owner's of rental properties that don't monitor their tenants and as I said before, those persons who just don't give a darn.
A few of us composed a letter stating what we felt were problems affecting the neighborhood as a whole and then went around the subdivision explaining our position and asked people to sign. Some did and some didn't. We didn't tell anyone which house or the name of the people, that info was given only to the city officials who needed to know. I'm sure it wasn't too hard to figure out, but still we tried to be as subtle as possible.
If you want to discuss an issue at a public meeting you have to be placed on the agenda before the meeting though. Or at least you did a couple of years ago, it may have changed by now.