Suits dismissed against former Shrews...

Suits dismissed against former Shrewsbury Township building ins...

There are 48 comments on the The York Daily Record story from Nov 4, 2009, titled Suits dismissed against former Shrewsbury Township building ins.... In it, The York Daily Record reports that:

Civil lawsuits filed against a building inspector, alleging he ignored construction defects in several new Shrewsbury Township homes, have been dismissed in county court.

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philip ramsey

Philadelphia, PA

#1 Nov 5, 2009
If lee is so "innocent" why did voluntarily allow himself to be suspended. Do not pay his legal costs.
fred

Jackson, MI

#2 Nov 5, 2009
he was a tough inspector..
Alwaysblamingsom eone

Abingdon, MD

#3 Nov 5, 2009
philip ramsey wrote:
If lee is so "innocent" why did voluntarily allow himself to be suspended. Do not pay his legal costs.
I was building an addition on my house in 2006 when this stuff popped up. I had heard how tough he was and to not cut corners. He was tough before and after the allegations but he was fair. He was investigated by the state and FBI and was cleared. If there is a prevision in the insurance to pay for his costs then they should pay. He probably voluntarily stepped aside to make it easier on the township board. Turns out, that just says what kind of a man he is now that he has been cleared. People these days just want to blame people and sue for anything just because they got shorted by something. In this case it was mother Earth. My addition settled and I had some cracks and made the repairs. Should I sue myself? You would probably say yes.
Rudy

Rahway, NJ

#4 Nov 5, 2009
As someone who has first hand knowledge of the problems at that particular housing development I am extremely upset that this case was dismissed against Lee. Believe me, these problems were not caused by "mother earth" as the above poster stated. There were serious structural issues that never would have occurred had an inspector actually done his job. I've heard also that E. Michael Lee can be "tough" when it comes to inspecting as long as your project is indoors or on the ground floor or if you do your project in the summer. However, if the project requires getting out of his truck in cold weather and exerting some energy to actually inspect things, well, let's just say he becomes an easy grader.
Rugger

New Park, PA

#5 Nov 5, 2009
Mr. Lee"s case was dismissed because he is protected by township immunity. Independent engineer firms, labor and industry, Shrewsbury Townships own Engineer found consistant violations with the development and construction that Mr. Lee approved. The Township did nothing to help it residents, they should do nothing to help Mr. Lee. Based on this knowledge you would be foolish to have him perform any inspections for your township. Pay your legal fees yourself Fat Ass.
Jon

United States

#6 Nov 5, 2009
You can be a real dumb *ss and still be cleared by the state and FBI. Being an *ss is not against the law. That man cost a lot of people a lot of money by making up his rules as he went along. He was also very inconsistant. He made extra money by making extra inspections. He had some contactors that were his friends and never inspected their work. Get ride of him!
Stewartstown Resident

Lansing, MI

#7 Nov 5, 2009
Rudy wrote:
As someone who has first hand knowledge of the problems at that particular housing development I am extremely upset that this case was dismissed against Lee. Believe me, these problems were not caused by "mother earth" as the above poster stated. There were serious structural issues that never would have occurred had an inspector actually done his job. I've heard also that E. Michael Lee can be "tough" when it comes to inspecting as long as your project is indoors or on the ground floor or if you do your project in the summer. However, if the project requires getting out of his truck in cold weather and exerting some energy to actually inspect things, well, let's just say he becomes an easy grader.
You are a total A$$ I have just one question for you did your mother have any children with a brain because you dam sure aren't on of them.

“Retired ”

Since: Sep 07

New Freedom

#8 Nov 5, 2009
I worked with Mike Lee's office on several home improvement projects. I always found him and his staff to be very helpful and professional. They required that work be done well. I don't have any direct knowledge of the Overpond issues, but the fact that the court cases against Mike Lee were dismissed, and the fact that the FBI investigation found no wrong-doing is all I need to know. I believe Mike Lee has been unfairly attacked through the judicial process while conducting township business. The township should defray Mike Lee's legal defense cost.
Sabbathkeeper

New Freedom, PA

#9 Nov 6, 2009
Alwaysblamingsomeone wrote:
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I was building an addition on my house in 2006 when this stuff popped up. I had heard how tough he was and to not cut corners. He was tough before and after the allegations but he was fair. He was investigated by the state and FBI and was cleared. If there is a prevision in the insurance to pay for his costs then they should pay. He probably voluntarily stepped aside to make it easier on the township board. Turns out, that just says what kind of a man he is now that he has been cleared. People these days just want to blame people and sue for anything just because they got shorted by something. In this case it was mother Earth. My addition settled and I had some cracks and made the repairs. Should I sue myself? You would probably say yes.
I would say these people should be ashamed of themselves for all the money they have caused the residents of Shrewsbury TWP. If they were unhappy with the result of their homes they should have sued the builder. Mike Lee & Shrewsbury TWP. have done nothing wrong and been cleared by ALL including all the crazy allegations that these people have had the FBI investigate! The two current supervisors who instigated all this chaos should resign immediately and be liable for all the money they have caused Shrewsbury Township and the Lees!
shrewsbury resident

Manchester, PA

#10 Nov 6, 2009
only 1 of the supervisors that instigated this needs to resign. King Fero lost the election thanks to the good citizens of the township. This only leave Gene Moronalli to step down. At least we now have 2 new supervisors on the board that can keep Gene motzarella in check. GENE YOUR NEXT TO LEAVE THE BOARD.
Sabbathkeeper

New Freedom, PA

#11 Nov 6, 2009
shrewsbury resident wrote:
only 1 of the supervisors that instigated this needs to resign. King Fero lost the election thanks to the good citizens of the township. This only leave Gene Moronalli to step down. At least we now have 2 new supervisors on the board that can keep Gene motzarella in check. GENE YOUR NEXT TO LEAVE THE BOARD.
And to think Moron ran his race on "STOP MIKE LEE" and some people fell for his scam and voted him in. Then some of those people who voted for him said at meetings, "I cant believe I voted for you"! That was BEFORE the results of the state and FBI investigations! Wait til the people of this Township find out the real truth and to how much $$$$$ these 2 MORON supervisors caused Shrewsbury Twp with all their instigating for personal gain of POWER! Like the old saying goes, "Give someone enough rope and eventually they will hang them selves"! Sad thing is that the people of Shrewsbury Twp. lose from all the money they cost them!
new park resident

Pylesville, MD

#12 Nov 7, 2009
mike is one way,and not always the right way ,he thrives on making it hard for residents to make improvements just to further his ego,he needs to look in the mirror,his size says it all fat and lazy while he sets behind his desk and lets herb do his dirty work,so much for the F.B.I.they still haven't solved who really shot kennedy
Harley-69

Lansing, MI

#13 Nov 8, 2009
new park resident wrote:
mike is one way,and not always the right way ,he thrives on making it hard for residents to make improvements just to further his ego,he needs to look in the mirror,his size says it all fat and lazy while he sets behind his desk and lets herb do his dirty work,so much for the F.B.I.they still haven't solved who really shot kennedy
YOU are about a the most ignorant and stupid S O B I have encountered in quite a while ; to make reference to Mr. Lee’s physical condition. You should refrain from talking, that way no one will know how truly dumb you are. Herb was looking for a job when Mike hired him; so far the only thing you said with any truth Herb is a very nice person. Michael has taught him well.
sduncan783

Manchester, PA

#14 Nov 9, 2009
Red Stook wrote:
I worked with Mike Lee's office on several home improvement projects. I always found him and his staff to be very helpful and professional. They required that work be done well. I don't have any direct knowledge of the Overpond issues, but the fact that the court cases against Mike Lee were dismissed, and the fact that the FBI investigation found no wrong-doing is all I need to know. I believe Mike Lee has been unfairly attacked through the judicial process while conducting township business. The township should defray Mike Lee's legal defense cost.
i agree we worked with mike after our home burned down and we had to rebuild he was very helpful and supportave at a very hard time for my kids ,husband and myself,i feel who ever trumped up these charges are the ones to pay all of the fees that the lees had to put out and you people know who you are and so do most if not all of the township residents.
count your blessings

United States

#15 Nov 10, 2009
sduncan783 wrote:
<quoted text>i agree we worked with mike after our home burned down and we had to rebuild he was very helpful and supportave at a very hard time for my kids ,husband and myself,i feel who ever trumped up these charges are the ones to pay all of the fees that the lees had to put out and you people know who you are and so do most if not all of the township residents.
Let me make clear that it is apparent that there are only bits and pieces of knowledge circulating in this case. Anybody in their right mind would not dispute a gross negligence in this case if they truly knew their facts. Iam happy for those that had good experiences with Lee. But, I can tell you that there are just as many residents whom have not! In this particular instance the case was dismissed because Lee was granted by a single judge a simple out called "Immunity" " A get out of jail free card" Available if you happen to work as a goverment offical. The facts never made it to court in this case not because the state did not find him to be quote "grossly neglience and incompetent" { check the records!} This was a completely seperate investigation done from that which was a criminal investigation done by the FBI. As residents we pay for permits {that are required of the township} These are put into place to be your last line of defense through out any building process. When there is no accountability through this " govermental immunity" then the system fails us all.
Mr Lee. and certain Township officals know the truth and so does their God and they have to sleep with that at night.
I am grateful that Lee is not doing the inspections anymore.{ask yourself why isn't he?} He should be glad his defense didn't have to take this one to court!!!!
count your blessings

United States

#16 Nov 10, 2009
Sabbathkeeper wrote:
<quoted text>
I would say these people should be ashamed of themselves for all the money they have caused the residents of Shrewsbury TWP. If they were unhappy with the result of their homes they should have sued the builder. Mike Lee & Shrewsbury TWP. have done nothing wrong and been cleared by ALL including all the crazy allegations that these people have had the FBI investigate! The two current supervisors who instigated all this chaos should resign immediately and be liable for all the money they have caused Shrewsbury Township and the Lees!
These two supervisors are the only two that refuse to submit to the "Good Old Boys System" and for that they should be commended
Overpond Resident

United States

#17 Nov 10, 2009
sduncan783 wrote:
<quoted text>i agree we worked with mike after our home burned down and we had to rebuild he was very helpful and supportave at a very hard time for my kids ,husband and myself,i feel who ever trumped up these charges are the ones to pay all of the fees that the lees had to put out and you people know who you are and so do most if not all of the township residents.
I am glad to hear that most if not all the residents know who we are. Now they know who to contact for the truth in this matter.
We have nothing to hide.
Amen Brother

United States

#18 Nov 10, 2009
Rugger wrote:
Mr. Lee"s case was dismissed because he is protected by township immunity. Independent engineer firms, labor and industry, Shrewsbury Townships own Engineer found consistant violations with the development and construction that Mr. Lee approved. The Township did nothing to help it residents, they should do nothing to help Mr. Lee. Based on this knowledge you would be foolish to have him perform any inspections for your township. Pay your legal fees yourself Fat Ass.
Amen Brother! Whay didn't Lee's own liability insurance cover his attorneys fees????????? Was there any insurance?
Linda Lee

York, PA

#19 Nov 10, 2009
Isn't it wonderful to live in America where everyone can have an opinion. And with tomorrow being Veterans Day be sure to thank a veteran for that privilege. Of course there are always 2 sides to everything. Only those involved know the real facts. As you see I am posting my real name to this response. To all of those with the nasty comments that is your right and to all of those with the supportive comments, thank you. We will make no further comments at this time. We will not debate this in a public forum. That is not the way this should be done and we will stay above the fray as we have done for the last 4 1/2 years. We will say nothing negative about homeowners involved or the officials that have been so outspoken against us. This is how we have conducted our business in the past and will continue to do so with our heads held high and our integrity intact.
makeofficalsacco untable

United States

#20 Nov 10, 2009
Red Stook wrote:
I worked with Mike Lee's office on several home improvement projects. I always found him and his staff to be very helpful and professional. They required that work be done well. I don't have any direct knowledge of the Overpond issues, but the fact that the court cases against Mike Lee were dismissed, and the fact that the FBI investigation found no wrong-doing is all I need to know. I believe Mike Lee has been unfairly attacked through the judicial process while conducting township business. The township should defray Mike Lee's legal defense cost.
You said it,his case was dismissed {not won} based on lack of evidence. Let's not forget that the builder yes, indeed was a
bad builder and Lee was put in place to protect these homeowners from exactly this. Afterall, he issued the Certificate of Occupancy. He was signing off on the builders work. There are not just a few but several engineering reports including the States reports of deficiency. If not Lee then who was then overseeing this builder in the way the state requires??????
Even our President has the legislative branch of government to oversee his actions. The FBI investigation only considered criminal activity not whether he did his job competently. It appears as though he didn't do his job and the Township's appointed officals allowed him too much free reign and that's the real reason we should not pick up any kind of expense besides the fact that he is a contracted enity NOT AN APPOINTED OFFICAL!!!!!! He should have his own insurance.

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