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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Council President Kathy Lantry Meets with the Capitol City Business Council to aide in fostering a positive business climate.

14 Comments:

Blogger Bob said...

Hi All,

Yesterday evening Council President Kathy Lantry met with the Capitol City Business Council (CCBC) to listen to concerns citizens are having with the Dept. of Safety and Inspections. The Dept. of Safety and Inspections has the authority over building codes.

Citizens are complaining there is no consistency in the implementation of the housing codes from one inspector to the next. Citizens complain some inspectors are retaliatory and abuse their power.

Citizens in general view DSI as a revenue generator for the city due to what many consider excessive fee's related to inspections and abatements.

State established grandfather laws seem to be ignored. State and federal housing codes are exceeded by city codes when in fact state and federal codes trump city codes.

Hundreds of citizens are pushing for a civilian review board to over see the Dept. of Safety and Inspections (DSI). Privately many code inspectors have shared their concerns with citizens about the city's housing code policy and the behavior of some of their peers.

Kathy Lantry suggested she too has concerns with consistency in the implementation of the housing codes. She suggested we come up with five issues with code we can work on together for change. Kathy is willing to consider the implementation of a civilian review board. She has agreed to meet with the CCBC on May 8TH. Ricardo X. Cervantes DSI Director will also attend this meeting.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 years the city pointed a finger and said "you will comply" and now they want to listen. why what changed

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good news!

Ralph

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you believe anything Kathy Lantry says you are a fool. In my opinion she's nothing but a lying back stabbing opportunist who's just stringing you along into a long long looooong process she knows will never happen. How come you have to come up with the ideas about DSI? She's running the city and she can't come up with anything? Talk about not up to the job!

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think has been out of control for way too long. I'm not sure if the meanspiritedness comes from the city council or within the inspections department, but i suspect the council and mayor have been misadvised. Irresponsibility always hides behind rocks, and the ambiguity and confusion ensures an enormous number of hiding places. the dip-shit behavior has to stop. The city needs a complete overhaul. I hope it can be accomplished.

Bob G.

1:29 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

We who live and have property Dayton Bluff area are very interested in this story. We are finding that the City is implementing their policies at the local level (i.e. District Council). They have a monthly meeting 1st Thursday of the month to pass on property address to DSI. Please lets not have her become our next Mayor.

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

reading this stuff for 6 years now first time the city talked to any of us lets be patient and let the guys at ccbc and bob try and work this out

bill

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless your heart Kathy

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After reflecting, I think she talked most of the time in order to keep as much control of the situation as possible, because this is such an explosive issue. I think what happened is some key advisors abused power and colluded with eacnh other to misadvise the city leadership. If so, they have cost the city taxpayers a huge number of millions of dollars, and they have run a once great city into the ground. May the advisors beware: *****The wheels of justice move slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine*****

Bob G.

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there and my opinion is Kathy cares and wants to help... we asked, she came and we are trying. If your not willing to help then stop complaining.

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has been a long fight let's give peace a chance!

William

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen it for too many years, and will not embrace blind optimism. I've always tried to help. People can change, but I'll have to see it to believe it.

Bob G.

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys do realize that if you were to have a civilian review board, it is much more likely that the civilians will determine that the City is to easy on property owners... will ask for quicker boarding of buildings and quicker demolissions.

What makes you think that it would move in the other direction????

The City's number one complaint is problem properties and their number on request is to demo properties.

JMONTOMEPPOF

Chuck Repke

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck,

The review board is for the inappropriate behavior of city inspectors, similar to the police review board. It is NOT Marcia M. review board of codes, but a review board for inspectors who misuse their badge and hide behind the color of of their badge/office.

There are some inspectors who think they are God and misuse their authority. That is why a civilian review board is needed.

Another thing that should be done is take a confidential survey of both DSI and Fire inspectors just like what was done with St. Paul Police Department and Bill Finney. Jim Reiter, former city council member saw there were some major issues with Finney and SPPD and due to his proposed idea survey of SPPD there were monumental changed made, like the civilian review board for SPPD.

It is behavior of some inspectors who tarnish the department as a whole, not the building code.

JMIO (Just My Independent Opinion)

2:01 PM  

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